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TWU graduate student honored by state science society


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June 3, 2009 — DENTON – Hemangi Patil, a molecular biology doctoral candidate at Texas Woman’s University, won the Howard Arnott Award for the best graduate student presentation during the Texas Society for Microscopy’s annual meeting held recently in Westlake.

Ms. Patil, who is mentored by TWU associate biology professor Dr. Michael Bergel, was recognized for her study titled “A novel HDAC3-H1 complex is localized to mitotic polar spindle microtubules.” Additional authors for this study were TWU graduate students Mangalam Subramanian, Rhiannon Gonzales, Carrie Wilks and Dr. Bergel.

“Having my research acknowledged by this group motivates me to do even more research in the future,” said Ms. Patil, who also is a graduate teaching assistant at TWU. “Research is vital to my eventual goal of teaching biology at the university level.”

Ms. Patil’s research involves the study of a novel complex of proteins, which could be participating in the human cell division process.

According to Dr. Bergel, revealing new proteins that are part of the cell division mechanism contributes to the identification of unique targets for cancer therapy. By studying the process of cell division, Ms. Patil hopes to discover ways to prevent it from occurring, and thus prevent cancer.

“This recognition by the Texas Society for Microscopy underscores the importance and quality of Ms. Patil’s research,” said Dr. Bergel. “It is an amazing honor for her, her co-authors and the university.”

The Texas Society for Microscopy is the state affiliate of the Microscopy Society of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the knowledge of the science and practice of all microscopical imaging, analysis and diffraction techniques useful for elucidating the ultrastructure and function of materials in diverse areas of biological, materials, medical and physical sciences. For more information, visit www.texasmicroscopy.org.



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