3 students receive Fung awards

April 8, 2021

Three genetics, development and cell biology (GDCB) students received Sui-Tong Chan Fung Fund Travel awards in fall 2020.

Vaishali Todi, GDCB graduate student
Vaishali Todi

Pallavi Sinha Roy, GDCB graduate student
Pallavi Sinha Roy

Emmanuel Nsamba, GDCB graduate student
Emmanuel Nsamba

The award recipients are Emmanuel Nsamba, Pallavi Sinha Roy and Vaishali Todi. They presented posters at the Cell Bio Virtual 2020/An online ASCB/EMBO meeting, which was held Dec. 2-16, 2020.

The poster titles are “Tubulin isotypes play specialized roles for efficient spindle positioning during yeast mitosis” (Nsamba); “Distinct tubulin mutations cause similar neurological diseases by inhibiting or hyper-activating Kinesin activity” (Sinha-Roy); and “Role of microtubule generated tension in accurate chromosome segregation” (Todi). The students are members of GDCB Associate Professor Mohan Gupta’s lab.

This award recognizes excellence in the pursuit of genetics research and study. It is made possible because of the generosity of Mr. Hon Pon Fung, who in 1981 established an endowment at Iowa State University in memory of his wife, Dr. Sui-Tong Chan Fung. Mrs. Fung loved genetics and worked for many years in the laboratory of Dr. William Welshons of the Department of Genetics.

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