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Student Awards and Recognition

2011

• Amber Ziegler, a graduate student in Steve Levison’s lab received a travel award to attend the American Society for Neurochemistry Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

• Krista Buono was awarded the Executive Women in New Jersey Graduate Merit Award for 2011.

• Lisamarie Moore, a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Levison, received the Best poster award at the NJ Stem Cell Symposium.

• Olga D. Gonzalez, a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Program who is working with Dr. David Lukac, was awarded a Travel award from the American Society of Microbiology to assist to the 2nd ASM Conference on Manipulation of Nuclear Processes by DNA Viruses.

• Ammy M. Santiago, a PhD student in the Pharmacology & Physiology Graduate Program who is working with Dr. Vanessa H. Routh, was awarded a National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for four years of support toward completion of her thesis project entitled, "Characterization of Estrogen-Sensitive Ventromedial Hypothalamic Glucose Sensing Neurons."

2010

• Krista Buono was awarded a Predoctoral Fellow Travel Award from the American Society for Neurochemistry to attend the annual meeting in Santa Fe, NM.

• Lisamarie Moore, a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Levison, received the 2010 New Jersey Executive Women’s President Scholarship Award from the Executive Women of NJ.

• Amber Ziegler, a graduate student in Steve Levison’s lab received a travel award to attend the International Society for Neurochemistry Meeting in Athens, Greece, Aug. 2011.

• Amber Ziegler, a graduate student in Steve Levison’s lab received a Predoctoral Fellow Travel Award from the IGF Society to attend the Gordon Research Conference on "Insulin-like Growth factors in Physiology & Disease 2011, Ventura, CA

• Amber Ziegler, a graduate student in Steve Levison’s lab received 1st place in Science as Art Competition, Building the Nervous System Category, at the American Society for Neurochemistry 2010 meeting.

• Ammy M. Santiago, a PhD student in the Pharmacology & Physiology Graduate Program who is working with Dr. Vanessa H. Routh, was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Scholarship for financial, mentoring, and guidance support throughout her graduate career.

• Fabiana Di Sanzo, a Ph.D. candidate in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Program in the laboratory of Dr. Leonard Mindich, was awarded the Executive Women of New Jersey Graduate Merit Scholarship - Honorary PSE&G Award, for an outstanding candidate pursuing an advanced degree in science, technology, engineering, math or environmental science, 2010.

• Fabiana Di Sanzo, a Ph.D. candidate in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Program in the laboratory of Dr. Leonard Mindich, was awarded a Student Research Travel Grant to attend the American Society for Virology annual meeting in Bozeman, Montana in July 2010.

• Lisamarie Moore, a 2nd year graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Levison, received the African American Heritage scholarship awarded from the School of Nursing, UMDNJ foundation.

• Krista Buono, a graduate student in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program who is working with Dr. Steve Levison, was awarded a Predoctoral Fellow Travel Award to attend the 2010 American Society for Neurochemistry annual meeting to be held in Sante Fe, NM March 6-10, 2010.

2009

• Yanfei Yang, a PhD student in the Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine Program who is working with Dr. Junichi Sadoshima, was awarded a Travel Award from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2009.

• Fabiana Di Sanzo, a Ph.D. candidate in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Program in the laboratory of Dr. Leonard Mindich, was awarded a Student Research Travel Grant to attend the American Society for Virolgy annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada in July 2009.

• Lisamarie Moore, a graduate student in the Biomedical Sciences graduate program, was selected as a fellow for the 2009 class of the Biotechnology Institute Minority Fellows Program.

• Amanda Lee, a PhD student in the INS graduate Program who is working with Dr. Stella Elkabes, was awarded a 2009 Society for Neuroscience Chapter’s Graduate Student Travel Award to attend the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting in Chicago.

• Fabiana Di Sanzo, a Ph.D. candidate in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Program in the laboratory of Dr. Leonard Mindich, has received the Gisela Mosig Award to attend the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA in May 2009.

• Amber Ziegler a graduate student in the INS program was awarded a Predoctoral Fellow Travel Award from the IGF Society to attend the Gordon Research Conference on "Insulin-like Growth factors in Physiology & Disease"

• Amber Ziegler, a 3rd year INS student working in Dr. Steve Levison’s laboratory was awarded a 3 year NRSA fellowship from the NIH for her project entitled “IGF2 and neural stem cell homeostasis"

• Lisa Hague-Canto, a PhD candidate in Dr. Carol Lutz' lab in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program, has received a Travel Award to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting in New Orleans, LA in April 2009.

• Sarah Darmon, a PhD candidate in Dr. Carol Lutz' lab in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program, has received a Travel Award to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting in New Orleans, LA in April 2009.

2008

• David Mwangi, a part-time PhD candidate in the Department of Molecular Pathology and Immunology, and full-time high school teacher, was appointed to the American Association of Immunologists -  J.H. Wallace High School Teachers Program. The AAI sponsored Mr. Mwangi's research this summer and is providing travel funds for him to attend and present at both the AAI meeting in Seattle next year and a high school biology teacher's conference. The AAI is also providing some travel funds for his mentor, Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, to attend the meeting.

• Evan Jacobs, a fourth year PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly in the Department of Molecular Pathology and Immunology, presented an invited talk at the Great Lakes International Imaging and Flow Cytometry Association 17th annual meeting. He presented a 45 minute talk and won the Alexander Nakeff Young Investigators Award.

• Jennifer Bain, an MD/PhD student working in Dr. Steve Levison’s laboratory was awarded an NRSA fellowship from the NIH for her project entitled “The role of VEGF in neonatal rat brain after perinatal hypoxic-ischemic damage”

• Kate Seip, a PhD candidate in the INS graduate Program, was awarded a 2008 Society for Neuroscience Chapter’s Graduate Student Travel Award

• Kate Seip, a PhD candidate in the INS graduate Program, was awarded a 2008 Graduate Merit Award from the Executive Women of New Jersey

• Kedar Mahajan, an MD/PhD student working with Dr. Terri Wood was awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship from the NJ Commission on Spinal Cord Research for his project entitled “IGF-1 mediated oligodendrocyte progenitor survival in SCI”.

• Era Izano, Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Kaplan, received a travel award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

• Kate Seip, a PhD candidate in the INS graduate Program, was awarded the 2008 Graduate School Governing Association Excellence Award from Rutgers University.

• Elizabeth Hur, a PhD candidate in the INS graduate Program, was awarded the 2008 Graduate Dean's Doctoral Dissertation award for best thesis from Rutgers University

• Andre Grosmarc, a PhD candidate in the INS graduate Program, was awarded a 2008 Sloan Scholarship Award.

• Melissa Baralt received the Minorities in Cancer Research scholarship award from the American Association of Cancer Research organization and has been invited to give a presentation in the annual meeting in San Diego, CA on her work entitled, “The Interaction of Nonerythroid Alpha Spectrin with DNA Containing Interstrand Cross links.” Melissa Baralt, Laura W. McMahon, and Muriel W. Lambert. She received a travel grant and expenses award from the MICR.

• Melissa Baralt was asked to present a poster at the New England Biomedical Conference for Minorities in Boston April 6, 2008. She will be presenting her work and attending that conference as well.

• Ms Maria P. Isaza, a Ph.D. student in Oral Biology, studying with Dr. Scott Kachlany, has been selected to present a Poster at the seventh annual New England Science Symposium to be held on Sunday, April 6, 2008 from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School. The title of her poster is "Genes of phosphotransferasesystem (PTS) are required for leukotoxin biosynthesis in Aggregatibacteractinomycetem comitans" by Maria P. Isaza, Matthew Duncan, Scott Kachlany.

2007

• Yanfei Yang, a PhD student in the Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine Program who is working with Dr. Junichi Sadoshima, was awarded a Travel Award from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2007.

• Pedro Rodriguez, a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary program, a Sloan scholar and student of Dr. Ian Whitehead, has been awarded a two year Pre-doctoral Fellowship from the NJCCR.

• Christian Donahue, an MD/PhD student working with Dr. Stella Elkabes was awarded a two year New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research Fellowship entitled, “Toll-Like Receptor 9 Mediated Neuropathology in the Spinal Cord “ for June 2007-May 2009.

• Maria Isaza, Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program, received a travel award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

• Oyenike Olabisis and Pedro Rodriguez were selected for the 2007 class of Biotechnology Institute Minority Fellows Program.

• Maria Isaza, Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program received a fellowship award of $67,000 for 2 years from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

• Jennifer Bain (MD/PhD) has received the Robert E. Davies Student Travel Award from the American Women In Science for 2007.