Awards

Recognizing Our Great Trainees: Sarah van Tol

Congratulations to Sarah van Tol for being awarded an F31 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into productive, successful, and independent research scientists to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research.

Sarah is a fifth-year PhD graduate student in the Microbiology & Immunology Graduate Program. Her mentors are Dr. Alexander Freiberg, Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Director of the Robert E. Shope Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory, and Dr. Ricardo Rajsbaum, Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Sarah’s current work focuses on elucidating factors that contribute to pteropine bats’ tolerance to infection with henipaviruses and the molecular regulation of pteropine bat innate antiviral pathways. Her career goals include becoming an independent scientist, pursuing research on zoonotic pathogen-reservoir host interactions that integrates field work and animal conservation, and teaching at the university level.

Congratulations, Sarah!

Recognizing Our Great Trainees: Jacob Stockton

Congratulations to Jacob Stockton for being awarded a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Scientist Training Program Fellowship from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

This fellowship program is designed to recruit the next generation of scientists to prevent, respond, and control outbreaks of emerging and foreign animal diseases. This fellowship offers five years of support during Jacob’s predoctoral training and a permanent position with the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL) at the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.

Jacob is a second-year PhD graduate student in the Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program. His mentor is Dr. Alfredo Torres, Herman Barnett Distinguished Professor in Microbiology and Immunology and Professor in the Department of Pathology. Jacob’s current research is focused on identifying mechanisms of type VI secretion system-mediated pathogenesis in Burkholderia pseudomallei and its contribution to host cell death. Upon graduation, he will join FADDL’s Vaccine and Reagent Services at NBAF to develop novel reagents and test vaccines for high-consequence pathogens.

Congratulations, Jacob!

Recognizing Our Great Trainees: Adam Hage

Congratulation to Adam Hage for being selected for the 2021 Careers in Immunology Fellowship from The American Association of Immunologists.

This fellowship supports the career development of young scientists in immunological research and provides one year of salary support for a trainee in eligible mentor labs. Due to recent NIH/NIAID funding acquired by Adam’s mentor exceeding the limit set by The American Association of Immunologists, Adam has declined this award.
Adam is a fifth-year PhD graduate student in the Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program. His mentor is Dr. Ricardo Rajsbaum, Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Adam’s current work focuses on elucidating how unanchored ubiquitin regulates the DExD/H-box RNA helicase DHX16 in the recognition of viral infection and regulation of host immune responses. His career goals include becoming an independent researcher in the fields of immunology and virology, investigating the molecular interactions between hosts and viruses, and understanding how these connections are important for pathogen clearance or establishment of infection.

Congratulations, Adam!

GSBS/IHII Award for Excellence in COVID Research


Emma Mantlo
Program: Microbiology and Immunology
Program: Year 5Mentor: Dr. Slobodan Paessler

Nabeel Alzahrani
Mentor: Dr. M. Yi

Dorothea Morris
Mentors: Dr. R. Garofalo
and Dr. A. Casola

Craig Schindewolf
Mentor: Dr. V. Menachery

Jacob Stockton
Mentor: Dr. A. Torres

Sarah van Tol
Mentors: Dr. A. Freiberg
and R. Rajsbaum

Michelle Vu
Mentor: Dr. V. Menachery

Sarah Ainsworth
Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences Scholarship

Anthony Bilotta
Brian C. and Stephanie M. Sauer Endowed Scholarship in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Edith and Robert Zinn Presidential Scholarship

James Fisher
Edith and Robert Zinn Presidential Scholarship

Adam Hage
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship Fund GSBS

Eduardo Jurado-Cobea
The Satish Srisvastava Endowed Scholarship

Paul Kilgore
Harold T. Sanders Endowed Fellowship in Vaccine Development

Emily Mantlo
Harold T. Sanders Endowed Fellowship in Vaccine Development

Yazmin Martinez
Zhou-Geng Endowment Fund

Dorothea Morris
Ann and John Hamilton Endowed Scholarship

Antonio Murauto
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship Fund GSBS

Jacob Stockton
Cary and Kay Cooper Scholarship Fund

Daniel Tapia
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship Fund GSBS

Joseph Thiriot
John Stanton Endowed Scholarship

Sarah van Tol
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship Fund GSBS

Timothy Wanninger
Samuel Baron, MD Research Scholarship

Anthony BilottaAnthony Bilotta
Mentor: Y Cong
Research Project: Microbiota metabolites SCFA promote intestinal epithelial repair and wound healing
Fellowship: 1/2019 – 12/2024
Jacob Stockton Jacob Stockton
Mentor: A Torres
Research Project: Unraveling Multi-Nucleated Giant Cells: Identification of Type VI Secretion Effectors in Burkholderia pseudomallei
Fellowship: 8/2020 – 7/2024
NO image man Antonio Muruato
Mentors: P Shi/S Weaver
Research Project: Genetic stability of live-attenuated Zika vaccine candidates
Fellowship: 10/2019 – 9/2021
  
Dorothea MorrisDorothea Morris
Mentor: R Garofalo
Project: Humanized Murine Model of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection
Fellowship: 4/2020 – 3/2022
Coleman Baker James Fisher Adam Hage Paul Kilgore
Coleman Baker
Mentor: P Shi
James Fisher
Mentor: L Soong
Adam Hage
Mentor: R Rajsbaum
Paul Kilgore
Mentor: A Chopra
    
Emily Mantlo Yazmin Martinez-Martinez NO image manDaniel Tapia
Emily Mantlo
Mentor: S Paessler
Yazmin Martinez-Martinez
Mentor: J Endsley
Antonio Muruato
Mentors: P Shi/S Weaver
Daniel Tapia
Mentor: A Torres
2019 Mardelle Susman Scientific Writing Awards
From left:Anthony Bilotta (Cong lab), Edrous Alamer (Hu lab, PhD received 2020), Sarah van Tol (Rajsbaum lab),
Abdullah Algaissi (Tseng lab, PhD received 2019), Breanna Tercero (Makino lab); Brittany Ross (Torres lab, PhD 2019)
Award
Student
Mentor
Dennis William Bowman Scholarship in Biomedical ResearchAnthony BilottaYingzi Cong
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship Fund GSBSAntonio MuruatoPei-Yong Shi/Scott Weaver
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship Fund GSBSBreanna TerceroShinji Makino
Robert Bennett ScholarshipBrittany RossAlfredo Torres
Curtis W. Lambert Scholarship Fund GSBSColeman BakerPei-Yong Shi
Shirley Patricia Parker Scholarship Endowment in the
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Coleman BakerPei-Yong Shi
Mason Guest Scholar Program AwardCorey FultonDavid Beasley/Dennis Bente
Eva Yznaga Seger, MD Presidential ScholarshipDaniel TapiaAlfredo Torres
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship Fund GSBSDaniel TapiaAlfredo Torres
Leroy Olson, PhD Endowed ScholarshipEmily MantloSlobodan Paessler
Robert Harrison, MD, Memorial MD/PhD EndowmentJames FisherLynn Soong
John Stanton Endowed ScholarshipPaul KilgoreAshok Chopra
Edith and Robert Zinn Presidential ScholarshipAdam HageRicardo Rajsbaum
Eva Yznaga Seger, MD Presidential ScholarshipSarah Van TolRicardo Rajsbaum/Alexander Freiberg
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship Fund GSBSSarah Van TolRicardo Rajsbaum/Alexander Freiberg
Arun Kumar Chopra, Nirmal Rani Chopra and Dharam Dev Chopra Memorial Scholarship in the GSBSYazmin MartinezJanice Endsley
Arthur and Dorothy Barrett Scholarship FundTimothy WanningerSlobodan Paessler
Award
Student
Mentor
Harold T. Sanders Endowed Fellowship in Vaccine DevelopmentAbdullah AlgaissiKent Tseng
University Federal Credit Union - GSBSMaria AnsarRoberto Garofalo
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship FundColeman BakerPei-Yong Shi
UTMB Student Government Association Leadership Scholarship for the Graduate School of Biomedical SciencesAnthony BilottaYingzi Cong
Arun Kumar Chopra, Nirmal Rani Chopra and Dharam Dev Chopra Memorial Scholarship in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Robert Harrison, MD, Memorial MD/PhD EndowmentJames FisherRichard Pyles
Sealy Center for Vaccine DevelopmentPaul KilgoreAshok Chopra
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship FundAdam HageRicardo Rajsbaum
Curtis W. Lambert Scholarship Fund GSBS The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship FundBrittany RossAlfredo Torres
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship FundMiguel SaldañaGrant Hughes
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship FundDaniel TapiaAlfredo Torres
Award
Student
Mentor
Del Papa Distributing College Endowment GSBSSarah AuclairHaitao Hu/ Lynn Soong
Michael Tacheeni Scott Endowed ScholarshipMaria AnsarRoberto Garofalo
Arun Kumar Chopra, Nirmal Rani Chopra, and Dharam Dev Chopra Memoria Scholarship in the GSBSDaniel TapiaAlfredo Torres
Sealy Center for Vaccine DevelopmentTeresa SorvilloThomas Geisbert
Zelda Zinn Casper Scholars EndowmentAntonio MuruatoPei yong Shi
John Stanton Endowed ScholarshipBrittany RossAlfredo Torres
Harold T. Sanders Endowed Fellowship in Vaccine DevelopmentVictor CarpioRobin Stephens
Zhou-Geng Endowment FundBrian DawesAlexander Freiberg
Robert Shope Endowed ScholarshipStephanie VegaJoan Nichols
Steunebrink Scholarship Endowment GSBSCorey FultonDennis Bente/ David Beasley
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship Fund GSBSAdam HageRicardo Rajsbaum
The Arthur V. Simmang Scholarship Fund GSBSSarah Van TolRicardo Rajsbaum/ Alexander Freiberg