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Dr. Mirna Chahine, currently completing her third year as a postdoctoral Fellow in Dr Grant Pierce’s lab, has just won the prestigious Newton International Fellowship Award from the UK.

The competition contained not only UK researchers but was an international competition. The Newton International Fellowship provides two years of salary support for Dr Chahine to carry out her research at the Imperial College in London, England. The prestigious award also provides an additional 10 years of support beyond this time (6,000 pounds per year) for her own research. She will be working on the role of nuclear import in differentiation of the human embryonic stem cell derived cardiomyocytes, a project that evolved from the work that she is currently conducting in Dr Pierce’s lab.

This exciting award follows her accomplishment exactly one year ago when she won the Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Heart Research in Athens Greece for her work studying nuclear protein import in smooth muscle cells.

Congratulations Mirna!