Jordan and Yoni both received the Early Investigator Award to attend the Kern Lipid Conference.
Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student Diana Albarracin is a 2022 UVA Engineering Outstanding Student Awardee. Diana has been tremendously successful in her undergraduate studies. She also served as the president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) for two years. She was a member of the Engineering School’s Racial Equity Task Force and also served as the undergraduate representative in the search committee for the Dean of the School of Engineering. She will continue her career as a biomedical engineer at Medtronic. We will miss her and wish her well.
Congratulations to third-year Civelek Lab undergraduate student Zhiwen Xu for winning the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship! This is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the US. It is given to only 300 undergraduates across the nation and Zhiwen is one of them this year. She is a very interdisciplinary student: a biochemistry and studio art double major! This is a well-deserved recognition of her achievements. You can read more about her and the scholarship here.
Redouane, Nik, Jordan, and Yoni judged middle and high school students’ science projects as part of the Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair held on Saturday, March 5, 2022. The competition featured projects from students representing Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, King George, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Fauquier, and Stafford counties. This was Redouane’s 5th year as a judge!
Graduate student Jordan Reed and her mentee Dhanush Banka were awarded the Double Hoo Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research. The Double Hoo Research Grant supports pairs of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research together. Their project is titled “The combined effects of genetic background and diet on metabolism” and is part of a collaboration with Drs. Susanna Keller, Heather Ferris, Sibylle Kranz, and Bijoy Kundu.
Dr. Qinayi Yang published her paper entitled “Adipocyte-Specific Modulation of KLF14 Expression in Mice Leads to Sex-Dependent Impacts on Adiposity and Lipid Metabolism” in Diabetes.
Nik Barbera was awarded the American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fewlloship. Congratulations Nik! He becomes the third postdoctoral fellow from the lab to win this prestigious fellowship.