College of Medicine Microbiology Doctoral Student Participates in ASM Kadner Institute

WASHINGTON (July 1, 2015) – Christine A. Clarke, a doctoral candidate in Howard University College of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, has recently been selected for a coveted slot in the 2015 ASM Kadner Institute for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scientists in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology.

Clarke competed nationally with other senior-level doctoral students and postdoctoral scientists with a preliminary research proposal based on her dissertation. Her dissertation research emphasizes exploiting the regulatory capacity of candidate host immune cells in anti-cancer therapy. She said ASM Kadner provides a unique opportunity to receive practical and personalized coaching for creating strong grant applications.

“Given the chronic underfunding of biomedical research and the intensified competition for increasingly scarce resources, it is imperative that investigators are equipped with the technical skills for crafting effective and winning grant proposals,” she said. “The written word is, arguably, the biomedical scientist’s most important communication tool, making the ASM Kadner Institute a welcome opportunity to learn the art and ethics of grantsmanship.”

The Kadner Institute is managed by the American Society for Microbiology and is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The ASM Education Board is a recipient of the 2000 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mentoring in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education. The Institute is an intensive and demanding five-day workshop, mixing formal presentations, small group activities, informal discussions and networking with peers and senior microbiologists around the country.

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