COLUMBUS, Miss. – A $55,000 research grant is allowing Dr. Ghanshyam Heda, associate professor of biology at Mississippi University for Women, to train future scientists.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Dr. Heda has received the grant from the Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).

Dr. Heda joined The W in 2008, where he has led student research seeking better treatment for cystic fibrosis patients.

“Getting trained in biomedical research, cajoling with peers and professors, presentations at regional and national level scientific conferences is definitely boosting their confidence and independent thinking,” Heda said, noting that as a result many of them are moving ahead with further studies at graduate and professional schools.

This fall three of the students trained in Heda’s laboratory pursuing graduate and/or professional studies. Nadeema Appukutti, a 2014 chemistry graduate, started the doctorate program at the University of Kent, UK. OluwabukolaOmotola, a 2015 biology graduate, started the master of science program in biology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Rajiv Heda, who was trained in Heda Lab during his time at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science and later worked in this lab, started medical school with a MD program at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center at Memphis. 

Additionally, students working in Heda’s lab, co-authored a publication in the September 2016 issue of Journal of Biomolecular Techniques (JBT). JBT is a peer-reviewed journal listed on PubMed Central, sponsored by the United States National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.

The publication titled “Effects of reusing gel electrophoresis and electrotransfer buffers in western blotting” can be viewed by visiting:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4972471/pdf/jbt.27-113.pdf

Research presented in the September 2016 issue of Journal of Biomolecular Techniques and currently ongoing in Dr. Heda’s lab is supported by the Mississippi-INBRE funded by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of National Institutes of Health (Grant No, P20GM103476) as well as by a MUW Faculty Research Award to Dr. Heda.


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Oct. 18, 2016
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