Congratulations to Heather Bishop, in Dr. Vasant Muralidharan’s laboratory, for being awarded an ARCS Foundation Fellowship. This is a 3 year monetary award that reflects on her early accomplishment as a scientist. Heather is researching the involvement of ER chaperones in protein trafficking pathways out of the ER in the most deadly human malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.
Congratulations to Jena Chojnowski, of the Lauderdale lab, who recently received a research grant from The Knights Templar Eye Foundation. The grant is sponsored by The Grand Encampment of the Knights Templar, an organization that provides grants that specialize in Pediatric Opthalmology. The mission of the Foundation is to provide assistance to those who face loss of sight due to the need for surgical treatment, and to provide funds for research in curing diseases of the eye.
Congratulations to Justin Fellows, of the Striepen Lab, for being awarded a highly competitive two-year fellowship from the American Heart Association. Justin studies the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which chronically infects about 20% of the U.S. population. He studies the mechanism by which essential proteins are imported into the apicoplast, which is a promising drug target.