Genetics Ph.D. candidate wins national graduate student award

March 15, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Accolades and Milestones


This week, Emily Maclary will defend her doctoral thesis for research in the laboratory of Sundeep Kalantry, Ph.D. in the Medical School’s Department of Human Genetics. It’s the culmination of five years of work aimed at understanding epigenetic mechanisms through the study of X-chromosome inactivation.

But her work has already garnered a major national award, placing her among the nation’s top basic biomedical science graduate students. Maclary was recently named one of 12 winners of the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award sponsored by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She’ll receive the award and give a talk on her work on May 6 in Seattle.

Established in 2000, the award honors the late Harold M. Weintraub, Ph.D., a founding member of the Hutch’s Basic Sciences Division who in 1995 died from brain cancer at age 49. Known as one of the outstanding scientists of his generation, he was regarded as an unpretentious leader and a key mentor to countless young scientists.

The award in his name includes a certificate, travel expenses and an honorarium. Nominations were solicited internationally; the winners were selected on the basis of the quality, originality and significance of their work.

This year’s Weintraub winners come from many fields and institutions; Maclary is the only one training at an institution that’s not on the East or West coast.

Read more about the Kalantry team’s work here:

See all the winners of the Weintraub award here:


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