Bill Sykes Scholars Program

Providing a unique environment for graduate training in experimental pathology...

 

Bill Sykes Scholarship in Molecular and Cellular Pathology

 

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Nobuyo N. Maeda, Ph.D.
Robert H. Wagner Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Oliver Smithies, D.Phil.
Excellence Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

    

     The Bill Sykes Scholars Program in Molecular and Cellular Pathology was established by Dr. Nobuyo Maeda and Dr. Oliver Smithies in memory of Dr. Smithies parents to support the training of exceptional graduate students in Molecular and Cellular Pathology during their first year. Dr. Smithies' Father's name was Bill and his Mother's maiden name was Sykes. The funds to support this scholarship are derived from several patents that are held by Drs. Maeda and Smithies. These patents are related to technology for genetically manipulating mice, for which Dr. Smithies was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. All applicants to the Molecular and Cellular Pathology Ph.D. program will be considered for this distinction.

 

Recent Bill Sykes Scholar in Molecular and Cellular Pathology

 

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Rupan Sandhu (M.B.B.S., India)
 Bill Sykes Scholar in Molecular and Cellular Pathology, 2006

     Rupninder is originally from Nawanshahar, Punjab, a small town located in the northwest of India. Her academic and extra-curricular achievements early in her career earned her the Ravneet Memorial Best All-Around Student Award and Inter-Shivalik Scholarship. She received her degree in Medicine, M.B.B.S (with honors) from India standing second in the university and was subsequently trained as an ear, nose, and throat surgeon at one of the most prestigious institutes in the country. While in her residency, Rupninder did extensive research on trauma and burn patients with special emphasis on their laryngotracheal status and tracheotomy complications. Her work was presented at the National Conference of Burns Association of India and N.W. Zonal Conference of Association of Otolaryngologists of India. In addition to her outstanding academic performance, she contributed her time to teaching medical students during her residency. She also contributed to the community by being an active member and camp leader of the Polio Eradication Campaign for five years. Before entering the Molecular and Cellular Pathology Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2006, Rupninder also completed the Roadmap Training Program in Biomedical Translational Research at UNC Chapel Hill. She was supported by Bill Sykes Scholars Program in her first year of Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Pathology.



Past Bill Sykes Scholars in Molecular and Cellular Pathology


Char Nevus, Ph.D.
Bill Sykes Scholar in Molecular and Cellular Pathology, 2003

Tom Mullen, Ph.D.
Bill Sykes Scholar in Molecular and Cellular Pathology, 2002

Lea Beaulieu, Ph.D
Bill Sykes Scholar in Molecular and Cellular Pathology, 2001

Alice Yamada, Ph.D.
Bill Sykes Scholar in Molecular and Cellular Pathology, 1998

 

Molecular and Cellular Pathology Graduate Program