Biochemistry Ph.D. Students Awarded NIH, American Heart Association Fellowships

Two biochemistry doctoral students recently received prestigious individual fellowships — one from the National Institutes of Health, and another from the American Heart Association.

Mary Ellen Heavner received the NIH’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship Award, which provides a three-year stipend of $22,000, for her thesis work under the guidance of Professor Shubha Govind (GC/City College, Biology). NRSA fellowships are awarded to students with excellent academic records, in-depth understanding of their research areas, and focused thesis research aims. The Govind Lab at City College studies innate immunity, a defense mechanism that is shared from the simplest to the most complex organisms.

Kwangwoon Lee was awarded the American Heart Association predoctoral fellowship, which provides $23,000 in funding for the next two years. Lee, a student in a lab run by Professor Ronnie Ghose (City College, Chemistry/Biochemistry) is the first CUNY student to receive this fellowship. The two-year fellowship will allow Lee to continue his research into obtaining a better understanding of a cellular signaling pathway, the deregulation of which leads to hypertension.

“I think these awards to Mary Ellen and Kwangwoon reflect the depth and excellence in biochemical research at CUNY,” said Professor Edward Kennelly, Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry. “I am very proud of their accomplishments, and grateful for the excellent training they have received from their mentors and other faculty as part of their graduate work.”

Submitted on: SEP 22, 2015

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