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Clark Atlanta University Doctoral Student Awarded National Institutes of Health Research Grant

Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016


Contact: Mario Boone

ATLANTA (Aug. 18, 2016)—Clark Atlanta University (CAU) fifth-year doctoral candidate Liza J. Burton has been awarded $37,478 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Award for individual pre-doctoral fellowships.  The purpose of this research grant, awarded by the National Cancer Institute at NIH, is to promote diversity in health-related research, and provide support for Burton’s tuition, living expenses, research supplies and travel.  This grant is reserved for “high-achieving pre-doctoral students” seeking to engage in full-time research training under an established faculty member.

Burton will use the grant to research Snail-Cathepsin L Signaling in human breast cancer as part of her graduate studies at CAU’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD).  The project falls under the auspices of Valerie Odero-Marah, Ph.D., associate professor in CAU’s Department of Biology Sciences.    

“This award will allow me to develop into a productive, independent research scientist and be a highly competitive candidate for a postdoctoral fellowship,” said Burton.  Since enrolling at CAU, Burton has enjoyed many accomplishments, including presenting research at internationally recognized conferences, publishing two first-authored manuscripts and co-authoring manuscripts from Odero-Marah’s lab group.

 Clark Atlanta’s CCRTD was established in 1999 and is the only known center in the U.S. dedicated solely to research and education on prostate cancer in black Americans.  Its mission is to develop a core group of internationally known scientists who will carry out highly productive basic research in cancer cell biology and contribute in the development of successful therapeutic strategies to combat cancer.  CCRTD also seeks to involve undergraduate and graduate students in the field of cancer research and train post-doctoral fellows in the field of cancer biology, while developing future generations of black scientists of the highest caliber. 

For more information visit CAU.edu.

Category: Students, Research
Keywords: Liza Burton, Breast Cancer Research