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Two alumni of BME faculty members' labs receive recognition

A pair of alumni with ties to BME faculty members' labs recently received awards.

Prithu Sundd, who earned a Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering in 2008 while working in the lab of David Tees, received a $90,000 postdoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association.

Nilesh Dagia, who earned his Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering in 2004 while working under Doug Goetz, was one of only three individuals among all pharmaceutical researchers in India to be given the 2010 Young Scientist Award from the Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI).

Sundd's fellowship covers his stipend and provides an additional $4,000 per year for travel expenses as project support.  His project title is "TIRF miscroscopy reveals microvilli of rolling neutrophils interacting with P-selectin." Sundd is performing his research at the La Jolla (Calif.) Institute for Allergy and Immunology. Sundd recently published a paper in Nature Methods titled "Quantitative dynamic footprinting microscopy reveals mechanisms of neutrophil rolling."

Dagia received a cash prize of 100,000 Rs. (more than U.S. $2000) and round-trip airfare to the receive the award at the annual general meeting of OPPI in Mumbai.

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