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Congratulations to Shobhan Gaddameedhi, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Sancar Lab and Dileep Varma, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Cook Lab who both received highly competitive NIH K99 pathway to independence grant awards.


The K99/R00 are highly competitive grants provided by the NIH Pathway to Independence Award. They allow for one to two years of mentored postdoctoral research followed by up to three years of independent research provided the researcher is on a path to tenure at his or her institution. Both Drs. Varma and Gaddameedhi will begin their independent projects this September 2013 and funding will run through August 2018. Dr. Varma’s project is titled “Role of the Ndc80 loop domain and Cdt1 in kinetochore microtubule attachments” and Dr. Gaddameedhi’s “Role of the circadian clock in melanocyte biology and UV-induced melanomagenesis.”