Congratulations to Briana Gregg, a first year BMCDB graduate student in Professor Sean Collins laboratory who was awarded the highly competitive Floyd and Mary Schwall Fellowship in Medical Research for the 2015-18 academic years.
2015-18 Schwall Medical – Briana Gregg Receives Prestigious Floyd and Mary Schwall Fellowship in Medical Research
Congratulations are due to first year BMCDB graduate student Briana Gregg’s success in this year’s highly competitive Floyd and Mary Schwall Fellowship Program. This internal UC Davis award is offered to a few select graduate applicants who intend to pursue medically-related research. The award will provide a generous yearly stipend and will help cover research expenses and provide a travel allowance for a period of two years.
Briana is just starting her project in the laboratory of Dr. Sean Collins where she will work on the mechanisms of chemoattractant prioritization during neutrophil chemotaxis. Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that act as the first responders to clear pathogens at sites of injury or infection. They can navigate to infection sites by responding first to long-range “intermediary” attractants, and then later to short-range pathogen-indicating “end-target” attractants. Briana is working on the mechanisms by which neutrophils are able to prioritize end-target signals over intermediary signals during navigation.