These young researchers are the GEN 10 Award winners for excellence in scientific research.

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) today announced its “GEN 10” Award winners for excellence in scientific research. The awards will be presented to ten grad students and postdocs who were among dozens and dozens of young investigators to send in abstracts describing a particular research project. The award ceremony will take place this afternoon at 3 p.m. at Booth 2884 at the BIO Conference in Chicago.

Each of the GEN 10 winners will give a short presentation about their work and each will receive a $50 gift card. After the award event there will be a “GEN Peer Bash” where beer and other refreshments will be served and all participants and their colleagues will be given the opportunity to mingle and share ideas about their research.

“For the second year in a row, GEN was delighted to create, sponsor, and host the GEN 10 Awards and Peer Bash,” said John Sterling, editor in chief, GEN. “Virtually all the abstracts emailed to us reflected in-depth scientific knowledge and a true enthusiasm for basic and applied research. The ten winners represent the crème de la crème of the abstracts we received.”

The GEN 10 Award winners for 2013 are:

  • Konstantin Andreev, Illinois Institute of Technology, Abstract: Membrane interactions of antimicrobial peptoids, restriction of conformational flexibility as a strategy to enhance activity
  • Mark Enselman, Northwestern University, Abstract: 3D bionanomaterial scaffolding for orthopedic tissue engineering
  • Arathi Jayaraman, Illinois Institute of Technology, Abstract: Eradication of T-cell leukemia with epigenetic drugs
  • Sun Kim, Illinois Institute of Technology, Abstract: Commercial development of a novel genome editing technology
  • Kirthi Kumar Kutumbaka, Northern Illinois University, Abstract: Identification of a new gene required for coenzyme Q biosynthesis in E. coli
  • Stephanie Kunkel, Illinois Institute of Technology, Abstract: Enhanced heme protein expression by activated sludge communities acclimated to low dissolved oxygen conditions
  • Colles Price, University of Chicago, Abstract: MiR-9 is a pro-oncogenic microRNA in MLL-rearranged acute myeloid leukemias
  • Anne Thiel, Northwestern University, Abstract: Point-of-care cholesterol testing on a bioelectronic platform
  • Srishti Tibrewala, Northwestern University, Abstract: The role of gliotoxin in Aspergillus fumigates sporulation and morphology in low vs. normal oxygen conditions
  • Xiaochen Wu, Northwestern University, Abstract: Intracellular fate of DNA-gold nanoparticles
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