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Meng Rowland Received NIH Fellowship

Meng RowlandA recent graduate from the Chemistry Department, Dr. Meng Rowland, received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a fellowship for individual postdoctoral fellows.

The NRSA provides two year funding starting in January 2013 for Rowland’s proposal entitled “Molecular determinants of DNA sliding and hopping by a DNA repair glycosylase.” The fellowship is highly competitive with less than 10% of applicants funded.

Rowland worked in the research group of Professor Michael Best during her 5 years at the University of Tennessee. “I had 9 publications working with Dr. Best, which weighed heavily in the fellowship evaluation.” Rowland said, “I want to thank Dr. Best for being such an extraordinary mentor and the UT Department of Chemistry for years of training!”

After graduation, Rowland joined the department of pharmacology at Johns Hopkins Medical School and is now receiving postdoctoral training in enzymology and  molecular biology in the lab of Dr. James Stivers.

Orignally from China, Rowland received her B.S. in pharmacology from Jilin University in 2004 and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee when she enrolled in the Chemistry Ph.D. program in 2006. She met her husband Garland Rowland and got married while studying at UT. They now reside in Baltimore, MD with their beloved dog Edgar.