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Goldwater scholars announced

ASBMB Today Staff
June 13, 2022

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship & Excellence in Education Foundation has announced its 2022 class of scholars. The award, given to second- and third-year undergraduates, supports more than 400 students majoring in science, engineering and math.

Nine ASBMB Student Chapter members are among this year's honorees: 

Ryan Osselborn, a junior at Lake Forest College in the Chicago suburbs, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences after college and hopes to find new diagnostic biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.


Kade Townsend, a junior currently studying the evolution of antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa at the University of Kansas, is interested in bacterial genetics research, especially in human pathogens, and plans to earn a Ph.D. in microbiology after college. 


Ari Zlota, a biochemistry major at Northeastern University in Boston, is interested in medicine and plans to apply for M.D./Ph.D. programs in immunology. He wants to study the role of the immune system in wound healing to develop regenerative medicines.


Yena Woo, a junior at Emory University, studies the role of a fibrinolytic cascade in the recovery of an ischemic brain and wants to run a lab developing new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases after earning an M.D./Ph.D.


Giona Kleinberg, a junior at Northeastern University with a biochemistry–bioengineering major, is interested in translational research in developmental neurobiology and hopes to earn an M.D./Ph.D. and run his own lab.


Taylor McGee is a junior at Hampden–Sydney College in Virginia. He is interested in viral research (in particular HIV), computational biology and bioinformatics. He intends to develop antiviral drugs and teach after earning his Ph.D. 


Gretchen Fujimura is a student at Oregon State University. She has used biophysical approaches to study rabies. She intends to earn an M.D./Ph.D. in immunology, focusing on virology and biochemistry, and to conduct clinical trials on vaccines. 


Raegen Esenwein is a student at Duquesne University, where she has studied the role of a topoisomerase in viral infections for several years. She is also pursuing minors in mathematics, biochemistry and women's and gender studies. She plans to earn a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry. 


Sarah Fahlberg is a junior at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, who plans to pursue a Ph.D. in computational biology and develop computational tools that can be used to model protein structure and functions, eventually leading a lab.

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