Three students receive Sarah Morrison Research Awards

Sarah Morrison Student Research Award winners pictured with Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research, are Shreya Lankala, MS 4, Niharika Rath, MS 5, and Katherine Shortt, MS program.
Sarah Morrison Student Research Award winners pictured with Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research, are Shreya Lankala, MS 4, Niharika Rath, MS 5, and Katherine Shortt, MS program.

Three students, two from the School of Medicine’s M.D. prorgram and one from the Masters of Science in Bioinformatics program, are the latest recipients of the School’s Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards.

Shreya Lankala, MS 4, Niharika Rath, MS 5, and Katherine Shortt, graduate student, are the May recipients of the Sarah Morrison Awards that are given twice a year.

Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research, said he was happy to have students from the School’s allied health programs participate in the awards process.

“I was quite impressed by the quality of the applications. The review committee has been very selective and rigorous in its scientific evaluation. The three funded applications are of strong scientific merit,” Molteni said. “I was happy to see that they support three different paths of research: one clinical research project at Children’s Mercy Hospital, another predominately related to basic science research, and the third with a strong potential application to clinical research.”

Molteni said he encourages those students whose applications were not accepted for the current round of awards to resubmit their applications later this year and incorporate suggestions made by the review committee into the research proposals.

The application deadline for the next round of Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards is Oct. 1, 2013. Complete application information and the necessary application forms can be found online at https://www.med.umkc.edu/research/student_awards.shtml.

The latest research award recipients, their research topics, and mentors include:

  • Shreya Lankala, “Cytokines in Asthma: Measuring Effects on Human Pulmonary Fibroblasts.” Dr. Betty Herndon.
  • Niharika Rath, “The period of PURPLE Crying.” Dr. Kristin Voos
  • Katherine Short, “Identification of Coding Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in acute respiratory distress syndrome.” Dr Shui Ye

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