Vision Research Center students awarded university research grants

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Bryan Gerdes, left, and Jacob Kraus, standing, have received UMKC School of Graduate Studies Research Awards.

Two graduate students from UMKC’s Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D. program, who conduct their research at the School of Medicine’s Vision Research Center, have received UMKC School of Graduate Studies Research Awards.

Bryan Gerdes and Jacob Kraus, both working on their PhDs under the mentorship of Peter Koulen, PhD, director of basic research at the Vision Research Center, received awards for 2016-2017.

Gerdes received an award for his project on the identification of novel cellular pathways controlling oxidative stress in nerve cells. Kraus is studying the mechanisms of action of neuro-protective compounds for his PhD thesis.

The research awards are designed to elevate the visibility of research and the economic development activities taking place at the university. Recipients present their work at the annual Community of Scholars Symposium and Awards Ceremony sponsored each spring by the School of Graduate Studies.