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Nuri Ozturk, postdoctoral fellow working in the laboratory of Aziz Sancar in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics receives a 2011 Postdoctoral Research Excellence Award.

Nuri Ozturk receives award from VC Barbara Entwisle

Each year, the UNC Postdoctoral Scholars Awards for Research Excellence are given in recognition of the research promise demonstrated by individual postdoctoral scholars. The awards are open to postdoctoral scholars in all disciplines and are designed to assist postdoctoral scholars in their continued professional development by supporting the recipients in conference travel, purchasing books, lab materials, or engaging in other scholarly activities that directly enhance the individual’s professional growth. Each recipient receives a monetary award of a $1000 along with a plaque. This year, ten postdoctoral scholars received a research excellence award (view all recipient info).


One of the recipients is Nuri Ozturk, postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Aziz Sancar, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Nuri’s current research focuses on the circadian clock and cancer relationship and the reaction mechanism of the circadian clock photoreceptor Cryptochrome in Drosophila. Nuri was both honored and gave a presentation at the 2011 Posdoctoral Scholar Awards Ceremony held on November 17, 2011.

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To learn more about eligibility information and application instructions for the 2012 Postdoctoral Awards for Research Excellence, please click here.