UT South­west­ern has Hanna H. Gray Fel­low

The Dallas Morning News - - North Texas - Deb­o­rah Fleck

Dr. Arielle Woznica, a post­doc­toral re­searcher in the lab of mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor Dr. Julie Pfeif­fer, has been named one of 15 Howard Hughes Med­i­cal In­sti­tute Hanna H. Gray Fel­lows for 2018.

The pro­gram, which sup­ports fel­lows from early post­doc­toral train­ing through the first years of a ten­ure-track fac­ulty po­si­tion, pro­vides up to $1.4 mil­lion in fund­ing over eight years as well as men­tor­ing and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties within the in­sti­tute com­mu­nity. The 2018 fel­lows come from 12 in­sti­tu­tions.

A na­tive of Tuc­son, Woznica earned her Ph.D. in molec­u­lar and cell bi­ol­ogy from the Univer­sity of California, Berke­ley. She is study­ing the ori­gin and evo­lu­tion of in­nate im­mu­nity in an­i­mals by char­ac­ter­iz­ing how choanoflag­el­lates — the clos­est uni­cel­lu­lar rel­a­tives of an­i­mals — sense and re­spond to viruses.

She’s UT South­west­ern’s sec­ond Hanna Gray Fel­low. Dr. John Brooks, a post­doc­toral fel­low in the lab of Dr. Lora Hooper, was named a fel­low for 2017.

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