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5 Ph.D. Students Receive Funding for Evolutionary Medicine Research

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 DeWitt, Paietta, Raj, Semmes, and Wisse
Five Duke Ph.D. students were among the 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:

  • Katrina DeWitt (Biology): Climate-driven shifts in the prevalence of antibiotic resistance genes
  • Elise Paietta (Biology): Optimization of anthroponotic viral detection approaches in lemurs
  • Jude Raj (Medical Scientist Training Program/Pharmacology and Cancer Biology): Determinants of targeted therapy-induced immune evasion
  • Eleanor Semmes (Medical Scientist Training Program/Molecular Genetics and Microbiology): Human cytomegalovirus and host B cell co-evolution across the lifespan
  • Jillian Wisse (Ecology): Deep breaths: how whale stress can lead to hypoxia treatments for humans