Dellon and Rathmell were two of four UNC faculty honored with the prize.
Dellon applied his intellect, imagination and drive to conduct groundbreaking research in EoE, a newly recognized chronic disease characterized by the abnormal presence of eosinophil in the lining of the esophagus. Eosiniphils, a type of white blood cell, helps fight infections, but when it infiltrates the esophagus, it can lead to asthma and allergic diseases.
Rathmell’s research spans the cancer genetic process, drug discovery, biomarker development, functional tumor imaging analysis and therapeutic clinical trials. Her UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center lab has contributed to the understanding of renal cell cancer tumor biology and provides an outlet for translational studies that have led to changes how cancers are viewed in the clinical area.
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.
Other honorees are Malinda Maynor Lowery, associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences and Yang Yang, associate professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. They were recognized Friday, Sept. 7 by Chancellor Holden Thorp at the Faculty Council meeting.
Original article published in the University Gazette.