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Three Ph.D. students receive prestigious award

Three College of Medicine Ph.D. students–Fengyang "Dylan" Lei, Theresa D. Carr, and Wint Nandar–were among thirteen recipients of the 2013 Penn State Graduate School Alumni Association Dissertation Award across the University. This award provides recognition and funding to outstanding doctoral students. It is one of the most prestigious available to graduate students at Penn State and "recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment."

"Development of a T cell-based cancer immunotherapy by using the induced pluripotent stem cell" is the title of the winning dissertation by Lei, a microbiology and immunology student. His thesis advisor is Jianxun "Jim" Song, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology.

Physiology student Carr's dissertation was titled "The role of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) in skin epithelial carcinogensis." Her advisor is Lisa Shantz, associate professor of cellular and molecular physiology.

Nandar's winning dissertation was titled "Modeling the impact of H63D HFE polymorphisms on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)." She is a neuroscience student, and her advisor is Jim Connor, distinguished professor of neurosurgery.

Each winning student received a $5,000 award and was recognized at the Graduate School Alumni Society's Spring Social and Recognition Program. Funds for these awards were made possible by a gift from the Penn State Alumni Association.