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UI researcher receives American Cancer Society award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa College of Medicine researcher has received a 1996-97 American Cancer Society seed grant award.

Dr. Robert C. Piper, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, was awarded $15,000 to continue his research on the role of cells' internal membrane systems in the regulation of biological processes such as differentiation and growth control.

The grant is awarded to junior faculty who are exploring new ideas related to the cause, prevention, therapy and psychological aspects of cancer.

Piper received a bachelor's degree in biology from Reed College, Portland, Ore., in 1985 and a doctorate in cell biology and molecular biology from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1992. He did postdoctoral work at Oregon Health Sciences University and the University of Oregon before joining the UI faculty in April 1997.

6/12/97