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Reed College junior Derek Galligan awarded biology grant

Derek Galligan receives a fellowship from the American Society of Microbiology to study DNA damage in E. coli strain

PORTLAND, OR (April 28, 2004) - Derek Galligan, a junior at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, has been awarded a fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) to do research on the role DNA damage plays in the regulation of virulence genes in EPEC, an E. coli strain responsible for an estimated 1,000,000 infant diarrheal deaths in the developing world. After working on the research this summer with Jay Mellies, p rofessor of biology at Reed, Galligan will presents his results in person at the 2005 ASM General Meeting in Atlanta.

As part of his ASM fellowship, Galligan will receive a stipend of $3,000, plus an additional $1,000 for travel expenses. His work will involve a minimum of ten weeks of fulltime research, preparing an abstract directly related to his research project, and presenting it in person at the ASM General Meeting next year.

After graduation from Reed, Galligan, who hails from Santa Rosa, California, is interested in attending an M.D. program to study pediatrics. Galligan has been actively researching with Mellies for the last year, partially working on the pathogenesis of EPEC. Last summer, he went to the northwest branch meeting of the ASM to present his results, which were about using the nematode C. elegans as a model for EPEC infection.

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