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Mohlke is considered in the top echelon of researchers in the area of complex-trait genetics, which examines the interaction of multiple genes affecting complex, common diseases.
The Hettleman Prize, which carries a $5,000 stipend, recognizes the achievements of outstanding junior tenure-track faculty or recently tenured faculty. Phillip Hettleman, who was born in 1899 and grew up in Goldsboro, established the award in 1986. He earned a scholarship to UNC, went to New York and in 1938 founded Hettleman & Co., a Wall Street investment firm.
This year’s other recipients are Noel Brewer, associate professor of health behavior and health education in the Gillings School of Global Public Health; Mark Katz, associate professor of ethnomusicology; and Brett Whalen, associate professor of history, both in the College of Arts and Sciences. Brewer and Mohlke also are members of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.