WRITER: MEGHAN NEARY
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Release: Sept. 1, 2000
NIH awards UI graduate student a pre-doctoral fellowship
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The National Institutes of Health
(NIH) has awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship to Nancy Hurtado-Ziola, a graduate
student in the University of Iowa Biosciences Program. The honor is a national
award given to a minority graduate student who shows great promise and potential.
Hurtado received a B.S. in biological science with
a minor in biotechnology at California State University-Fullerton in June
2000. She has received competitive scholarship appointments at the University
of Cambridge in England and the University of California-Davis. She also was
awarded the title of Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholar at
California State University-Fullerton.
Currently, Hurtado is performing a research rotation
in the laboratory of Jeff Pessin, Ph.D., UI professor of physiology and biophysics.
She plans to become affiliated with both the UI, as a researcher and professor,
and with a biotechnology company.
"She is one of the most motivated students I've seen,"
said Andrew Russo, Ph.D.,
UI professor of physiology and biophysics, and director of the UI Biosciences
The NIH, founded in 1887, is one of the world's leading
medical research centers. Its mission is to "uncover new knowledge that will
lead to better health for everyone." The NIH is one of eight agencies of the
Public Health Services, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.