Link: University of Iowa

Xiao Peng wins the Clarence Berg Award

Xiao Peng, a 2011 PhD with Kris DeMali, has been named the winner of the 2012 Clarence Berg Award. This prize is given every other year to a student who demonstrates “scholarship, integrity, cooperativeness, consideration and a willingness to help others.” Dr. Peng was an American Heart Association-funded graduate student who focused on the role of vinculin in adherens junctions. With this support, she uncovered the first role for vinculin in cell-cell junctions and identified novel mechanisms for the activation and recruitment of vinculin to sites of intercellular adhesion.

Previously, Xiao was selected as the Sandra H. Barkan Outstanding Graduate Mentor for 2011,  also named the winner of the 2011 Subramanian Award for best PhD thesis in the Department of Biochemistry, and was recently awarded a 3-year fellowship from the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research. Dr. Peng is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF in the laboratory of Dr. Keith Mostov. Congratulations to Dr. Peng!

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