El-Hibri Biomedical Research Scholarship Awarded

The International Biomedical Research Alliance is delighted to announce the creation of the El-Hibri Biomedical Research Scholarship in support of the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program. Named in honor of Fuad El-Hibri, Alliance Board Director and founder of vaccine developer Emergent BioSolutions, the inaugural scholarship has been awarded to the Iain Fraser lab at the NIH/NIAID in recognition of Samuel Katz, a member of the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program Class of 2015.

Sam first observed the deciphering power of molecular biology when he shadowed a number of scientists while pursuing his GED diploma in 2008. After a year of working beside scientists, Sam enrolled at Stony Brook University and began his formal education in the sciences.

In 2012 Sam joined the research group of Dr. Bethany Moore at the University of Michigan. As a summer research fellow, Sam studied the phenomenon of patients experiencing increased vulnerability to infection following a bone marrow transplant. In 2013, Sam went to Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship to work with Dr. Baris Tursun at the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology.

For his doctoral work in Fraser’s lab at the NIAID, Katz will conduct a research project entitled “Multi-scale analysis of the innate immune response to microbial stimuli” in collaboration with his NIH mentors, Dr. Iain Fraser, and Prof. Clare Bryant at the University of Cambridge.

International Biomedical Research Alliance President Randi Balletta said, “It has long been a dream at the Alliance to extend our support of the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program to include the provision of scholarship funds directly to NIH laboratories where scholars are conducting groundbreaking research. With grateful appreciate to Fuad and Nancy El-Hibri, the El-Hibri Biomedical Research Scholarship has become the realization of this dream. We hope that this act of generosity will inspire others to do likewise in support of biomedical research, in particular the work of the talented young scientists in the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program.”

For additional information on supporting the Alliance, please contact Tina Krall, Director of Development at tinak@biomedalliance.org