Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News has named NIU‚Äôs Kirthi Kutumbaka, a Ph.D. student in biological sciences, as one of its ‚ÄúGEN 10‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs abstract is titled, ‚ÄúIdentification of a new gene required for coenzyme Q biosynthesis in E. coli.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúVirtually all the abstracts emailed to us reflected in-depth scientific knowledge and a true enthusiasm for basic and applied research,‚ÄĚ said John Sterling, editor in chief of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. ‚ÄúThe 10 winners represent the cr√®me de la cr√®me of the abstracts we received.‚ÄĚ
NIU Biological Sciences professor Rangaswamy ‚ÄúNathan‚ÄĚ Meganathan, who serves as Kutumbaka‚Äôs adviser, wasn‚Äôt surprised to see his student do well in the competition.
‚ÄúKirthi is an excellent student, and he has won a number of other awards for his research as well,‚ÄĚ Meganathan said. ‚ÄúHe has a very bright future.‚ÄĚ
Other ‚ÄúGen 10‚ÄĚ winners included students from such institutions as the University of Chicago, Northwestern and the Illinois Institute of Technology.