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4 Ph.D. Students Receive Awards for Evolutionary Medicine Research

TriCEM award recipients

Four Duke Ph.D. students were among the fall 2021 recipients of the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine’s Graduate Student Awards.

The one-year awards help graduate students pursue research in evolutionary medicine relevant to their graduate research. The awards provide up to $7,500 per student for direct research expenses.

The Duke recipients and their funded research:

  • Ashley Blawas (Marine Science and Conservation): Off the beating path: whale heart organoids as novel model for hypoxia tolerance
  • Rachel Keener (Genetics and Genomics): Evolution of a novel plague receptor discovered through natural human diversity
  • Yanting “Raven” Luo (Cell Biology): The role of human unique insertions in neurodevelopmental evolution and disease
  • Jake Nash (Biology): Investigating a microbial rescue for trees under severe drought stress