ARCS Foundation Fellowships support eleven UGA graduate students in the biomedical sciences

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ARCS Foundation Fellowships support eleven UGA graduate students in the biomedical sciences

The Atlanta chapter of the ARCS® Foundation, Inc. awarded $85,000 to eleven outstanding American doctoral students at the University of Georgia late last year at a gala event featuring keynote speaker Shan Cooper, Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Marietta, Georgia.

The ARCS Foundation was founded in Los Angeles in 1958 and is dedicated to helping meet the country’s needs for scientists and engineers by providing scholarships to academically outstanding university students. UGA recipients of the award are selected through the UGA Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute BHSI. This year’s ARCS Scholars represent the UGA departments of anthropology, cellular biology, ecology, genetics, psychology, infectious diseases, toxicology, neuroscience, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, and veterinary medicine.

The following students are UGA ARCS Foundation Scholars for 2014-15:

  • Lydia Anderson is in the Department of Veterinary Medicine working in the laboratory of Dr. Ralph Tripp. Lydia’s research is focused on determining the mechanisms of immunity and disease pathogenesis associated with the respiratory syncytial virus and also addresses the challenges facing population health from emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases.
  • Daniel Becker is in the Department of Ecology in the laboratory of Drs. Sonia Altizer and Daniel Streicher. Daniel is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow who uses a variety of strategies to understand how human activities such as urbanization and agriculture influence disease outcomes in wildlife and the risk of spread to humans. He is currently applying his framework in the Peruvian Amazon.
  • Heather Bishop is in the Department of Cellular Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Vasant Muralidharan. She is also this year’s Roche Scholar.  Heather’s research work is on protein trafficking pathways out of the endoplasmic reticulum in the human malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.
  • Jessica Hoffman is in the Department of Genetics working in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Promislow. Her research focuses on the understanding of how small molecules in organisms affect aging by looking at high throughput metabolomics.
  • Jennifer Lee is in the Department of Clinical Psychology in the laboratory of Dr. Ron Blount. Her research interests involve the intersection of psychological and biological heath in children, focusing specifically on the domains of pain, oncology and health behavior adherence.
  • Matthew Meisel is in the Department of Psychology in the laboratory of Dr. Adam Goodie. Matthew’s research interests analyze the social aspects of addictive behavior through differences in both network composition and individuals possessing degrees of pathology in gambling and alcohol use.  Matthew was awarded Best Publication award for his manuscript, Addiction.
  • Wided Najahi-Missaoui is in the Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Cummings. Wided’s research focuses on better understanding the progression of pancreatic cancer in order to discover novel approaches for overcoming chemotherapy resistance and Metastasis.  She is also working on developing therapeutic strategies to treat cancer by targeting overexpressed enzymes in cancer tissues.
  • Asher Rosinger is in the Department of Anthropology in the laboratory of Dr. Susan Tanner. He is also this year’s Global Impact Scholar. Asher’s work addresses how hydration strategies relate to variation in hydration, water-related diseases, immune activation and body composition among Tsimane’ forager-horticulturalists in the Bolivian Amazon.
  • Farah Samli is in the Department of Infectious Diseases in the laboratory of Dr. Donald Harn. Farah is focused on improving vaccines using VacSIM™.  Her various publications and recognition by many organizations showcase her passion for advancing vaccine research and communicating scientific discoveries.
  • David Schaeffer is in the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Ph.D. Program in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer McDowell. David is a National Science Foundation Research Fellow who is currently working on mapping neural white matter circuitry related to eye movements in people with schizophrenia in hopes to form diagnostic criteria.
  • Natalie Scholpa is in the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Ph.D. Program in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Cummings. Natalie is an Alfred P. Sloan Scholar and a recipient of the Graduate School Bridge Award. Her research focuses on the novel roles of hippocampal p21 in cocaine-induced behavior.
  • The Atlanta chapter of the ARCS Foundation has awarded over $2.7 million worth of scholarships to students at the University of Georgia, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse College. Additional information about the foundation can be found on the Web at arcsfoundation.org.

ARCS students 2014-15