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Postdoc Earns Prestigious NIH Fellowship to Expand Prion Disease Research

July 20, 2021

Postdoctoral Scholar Mikahl Banwarth-Kuhn was awarded a $205,140 National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (NIH-F32) to be distributed over three years.

The purpose of the fellowship is to enhance the research training of postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields.

For her postdoctoral research, Banwarth-Kuhn is working with UC Merced Applied Mathematics Professor Suzanne Sindi and Tricia Serio, dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“I am thrilled for what this means for Mikahl's research program,” Sindi said. “Mathematical biology is a tough area to receive funding for because you lie between two different fields. The fact that Mikahl received an F32 for a fully computational research program speaks to the strength of her research and the potential impact it will have on understanding proteostasis.”