Alex Keller, a Pharmacology Student in Brant Isakson’s Lab, is making headlines for being the recipient of several awards recently. Alex will attend the 2018 Experimental Biology conference in San Diego from April 21-25, where as one of 10 recipients of the Zweifach Student Travel Award, he will give a poster presentation at the Microcirculatory Society’s meeting, in addition to his conference-wide poster session. These awards consist of a certificate and $750 travel award to encourage recipients’ participation at Experimental Bio. One other UVA graduate student, Michaela Rikard, in Shayn Peirce-Cottler’s Lab (BME), also received the award.
Alex is also one of three finalists for the 2018 American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section Outstanding Predoctoral Trainee Award. This recognition highlights outstanding graduate trainees who are on a trajectory to make meritorious contributions to the scientific areas represented by the Cardiovascular Section of the APS, and also comes with travel support for Experimental Bio participation. While there, Alex will be giving an oral presentation of his research in the Cardiovascular Section’s Young Investigator Symposium and will compete with the other finalists for the award and a cash prize.
Lastly, Alex won second place in the GBS Symposium Poster Competition that was held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Chris Medina, a trainee of the Pharmacological Sciences Training Grant in Kodi Ravichandran’s Lab, also won a poster award with first place at the symposium – a strong showing by our Pharmacology graduate students!
Please give Alex a huge congrats when you see him for all of his hard work and recent success in his research! Way to go, Alex!