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April 19, 2011
Dr. Rafiq Islam, chemistry and physics professor, was honored April 16 as with the Missouri Academy of Science Outstanding Scientist Achievement Award at the Academy's annual meeting.
The award is offered annually, although it may not be presented, to a scientist in recognition of his or her achievement in areas such as peer-reviewed publications, presentations, grants or research. Recipients are first nominated by their peers and then selected by an executive committee of scientists at Missouri universities.
Last year Islam was awarded a grant totaling $208,800 over three years to continue researching the regulation of the polycystic kidney disease gene. Islam received the funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research, titled "Novel Mekk1-p53 Mediated Transcriptional Regulation: Mechanism and Genome Wide Study" through June 30, 2013.
The Missouri Academy of Science promotes the scientific spirit and cooperation between scientific interests in Missouri. While members meet annually, 49 colleges and universities throughout Missouri hold an institutional membership and several businesses support the organization with corporate memberships. For more information about the Missouri Academy of Science go to: http://www.moacadsci.org/.
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