Dr. Roberto Docampo, Professor of Cellular Biology and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, has been named Distinguished Research Professor. This title is awarded to faculty who are recognized internationally for their original contributions to knowledge and whose work promises to foster continued creativity in their discipline.

Cellular Biology undergraduate Lauren Favors, a student assistant in Dr. Ping Shen’s laboratory, has been selected to receive the University of Georgia Presidential Award of Excellence. This honor is awarded to less than 1 percent of undergraduate seniors who exemplify the best of UGA’s student body. Lauren was selected by the Dean for this award based on her record of outstanding academic achievement, demonstration of strong extracurricular involvement, and service to UGA.

The University of Georgia Graduate School has selected Duo Peng, in Dr. Rick Tarleton’s laboratory, to receive the 2016 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant. This program is part of a strategic initiative to support innovation and interdisciplinarity in the research being conducted by doctoral students at UGA. Duo’s research intersects experimental and computation biology, and develops experimental methods and computation tools to conduct genome screening assays in T. cruzi, enabling T.