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Chemistry graduate student awarded NIH T32 Fellowship

Sophia Staerz, a graduate student working with Chemistry Professor Jetze Tepe, is the recipient of a 2019 NIH T32 Fellowship through the MSU Integrative Pharmacological Sciences Training Program (IPSTP). Sophia’s research is focused on the synthesis of small molecule proteasome activators as well as the development of a cell-based high throughput screening assay to detect new molecules capable of preventing proteotoxic stresses that lead to neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.  As part of this training grant, she will participate in professional development forums, NIH grant writing workshops, in vivo and drug discovery bootcamps, monthly student-run journal clubs, field trips to pharmaceutical companies and other networking opportunities. The fellowship will also provide her with 2 years of full financial support for her research.