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Graduate Students Win Shell Excellence in Toxicology Scholarships

Graduate Students Win Shell Excellence in Toxicology Scholarships
M. D. Anderson News Release 01/08/01

For quality work in their graduate research projects, two students advised by researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center are recipients of the first Shell Oil Company Foundation Scholarship Awards.

With support from the Shell Oil Company Foundation, The University of Texas-Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has awarded Shell Excellence in Toxicology Scholarships to graduate students Darren Davis and Dat Nghiem.

"To be recognized with a first-of-its-kind award for outstanding work in the area of toxicology is quite an honor for these two very promising researchers, as well as for
M. D. Anderson," said Dr. Margaret Kripke, senior vice president and chief academic officer.

Davis’ research project is titled "Apoptosis in Pulmonary Fibrosis." This project involves characterizing the role of well-known cancer-related protein (P-53) in the disease called pulmonary fibrosis. His advisor is Dr. David McConkey, associate professor in M. D. Anderson’s Department of Cancer Biology and at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Nghiem’s research project is titled "Immunotoxic Effects of JP-8 Jet Fuel." This project involves understanding the basic mechanisms by which dermal jet fuel exposure suppresses the immune response. Dr. Stephen E. Ullrich, professor in M. D. Anderson’s Department of Immunology and at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, is Nghiem’s advisor.

Criteria for selection of the students to receive the award included quality of the graduate research performed, quality of a research proposal submitted toward further studies, and the significance of the project to the field of toxicology.

The scholarships of $2,000 each will cover tuition and fees for a year of graduate study at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, which is an institutional partnership between M. D. Anderson and The University of Texas–Houston Health Science Center.

01/08/01


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