UNC Cancer Center selects 2006 Lineberger Fellows

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center recently named four graduate students with demonstrated excellence in research as Lineberger Fellows. The students are Daniel Brown, Jian Hu, Sarah Radford and Kevin Wilkinson.

Oct. 25, 2006

UNC Cancer Center selects 2006 Lineberger Fellows


The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center recently named four graduate students with demonstrated excellence in research as Lineberger Fellows. The students are Daniel Brown, Jian Hu, Sarah Radford and Kevin Wilkinson.

Brown, a graduate student in biology, focuses on how an embryo directs the cells within it to make a heart. His research asks how those cells regulate their genes to control heart development, what genes are involved and how those genes work.

Hu, a graduate student in biochemistry and biophysics, aims to understand the fundamental mechanisms that control the cell proliferation and to find out why cancer cells divide and grow when they should not.

Radford, a graduate student in biology, uses the fly (Drosophila) model system to understand the molecular mechanism of proteins involved in a process important for chromosome segregation during sexual reproduction.

Wilkinson, a graduate student in biochemistry, worked to develop a new technology to rapidly analyze the structure of RNA. He plans to analyze the structure of the RNA genome of HIV-1, a virus that increases susceptibility to cancer.

The competitive Lineberger Fellow awards include a $3,000 supplementary stipend.

UNC Lineberger contact: Dianne Shaw, (919) 966-5905 or dgs@med.unc.edu

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