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.

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.

UGA has a long history of conducting groundbreaking health and medical research. From behavioral health to advanced stem cell therapy, UGA researchers are on the front lines of the fight against obesity, diabetes, and infectious diseases. Faculty members are leaders in biological research, contributing to the development of new diagnostics, treatments, vaccines and cures.