Biology Ph.D. student wins ‘GEN 10’ award recognizing excellence in scientific research

Kirthi Kutumbaka

Kirthi Kutumbaka

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News has named NIU’s Kirthi Kutumbaka, a Ph.D. student in biological sciences, as one of its “GEN 10” award winners, recognizing excellence in scientific research.

During a recent ceremony at the BIO Conference in Chicago, the awards were presented to 10 graduate students and postdocs who were among dozens and dozens of young investigators to send in abstracts describing their research projects.

Kutumbaka’s abstract is titled, “Identification of a new gene required for coenzyme Q biosynthesis in E. coli.”

“Virtually all the abstracts emailed to us reflected in-depth scientific knowledge and a true enthusiasm for basic and applied research,” said John Sterling, editor in chief of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. “The 10 winners represent the crème de la crème of the abstracts we received.”

NIU Biological Sciences professor Rangaswamy “Nathan” Meganathan, who serves as Kutumbaka’s adviser, wasn’t surprised to see his student do well in the competition.

“Kirthi is an excellent student, and he has won a number of other awards for his research as well,” Meganathan said. “He has a very bright future.”

Other “Gen 10” winners included students from such institutions as the University of Chicago, Northwestern and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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