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Michael Hayes receives the 2019 Marion Dave Francis Innovator Award

Dr. Michael Hayes, a 2019 MD and Cell and Molecular Biology PhD with Dr. Daniel Weeks, received the 2019 Marion Dave Francis Innovator Award which recognizes a PhD student whose research has demonstrated their singular personal initiative, creativity, and resulting  continuous discovery, as exemplified by Dr. Hayes.

Dr. Michael Hayes’ research examined the formation of non-pathological protein aggregates essential for the formation of non-membrane bound organelles. He initiated efforts to develop assays that will allow us to better understand conditions that promote the normal assembly of essential aggregates and further our understanding of what goes wrong when toxic aggregates are formed in diseases like Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s. His thesis work resulted in two first author publications, a Biology Open article published in 2016 and a second publication in eLife in 2018. Michael is currently a surgical resident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Congratulations, Dr. Hayes!


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