Biology Undergraduate Awardees
2021 Department of Biology Award given in honor of Darrell Stokes
The Darrell Stokes award recognizes a Biology major who has made significant contributions to the Department of Biology and the broader Emory Community. The winner, Amulya Marellapudi, served the Biology Department as an intro bio TA for multiple semesters, where she was recognized as an excellent TA by both students and professors. During her Emory career, she was deeply involved in both research and service related to public health and health disparities. Most notably, her research at the School of Public Health has already led to a first author publication and a co-author publication. Further, she served as President of Emory Remote Area Medical and was the Director of Finance of Emory's American Mock World Health Organization.
2021 Biology Undergraduate Research Award in honor of Pat Marsteller
The Pat Marsteller award recognizes Biology majors who have excelled in research during their Emory careers. This year’s award goes to two students, Wajd Alaidrous and Dani Farchi. In the de Roode lab, Wajd published a paper on the effects of circadian rhythm disruption on the susceptibility of monarch butterflies to parasites. Further, Wajd's honors thesis, which will soon be submitted for publication, assessed the effects of monarch densities on parasitism
As a member of the Corbett Lab, Dani used genetic engineering in yeast to develop a model for studying multiple myeloma cancer, work which will soon be submitted for publication. Additionally, she developed models of the RNA exosome that were used to study SHRF syndrome, work that is currently in revision for publication.