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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
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
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.
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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