Awards

George Bell, a first year BMCDB graduate student in Professor Sean Collins’ laboratory, receives the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2014-15. Congratulations!


2014-15 NSF GRFP – George Bell Receives Prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations are due to first year BMCDB graduate student George Bell for successfully competing in this year’s National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who will contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. The award will provide a generous yearly stipend and will help cover other education costs for a period of three years, as well as provide a one-time international travel allowance. For more information about this program see: http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

George has joined the laboratory of Dr. Sean Collins where he studies the signaling pathways that control neutrophil chemotaxis. Neutrophils are the first responders of the innate immune response, and will rapidly sense and migrate to a pathogen source. Effective chemotaxis requires the cell to steer and accelerate towards a chemoattractant. Currently, George is investigating how Protein Kinase A (PKA) activity contributes to rapid neutrophil acceleration. PKA is a strong candidate for maintaining front and back polarity in neutrophils. His discoveries about PKA could have broader implications for other migrating cells, including metastatic cancer cells.