University of Rochester Scholar Selected to Participate in Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program

September 24, 1998

Mehdi Nejad-Sattari, a third year student of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been chosen to join the 1998-99 Class of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program.

As an Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholar, Nejad-Sattari was given the opportunity to perform research in any National Institutes of Health laboratory of his choice for a one-year period. He has chosen to work for the National Institute of Deafness and other Communicative Disorders, conducting research into the interactions of certain head and neck cancers with the immune system. The University of Rochester scholar was selected from 243 applicants representing 91 medical schools. Forty-two students from 32 medical schools were chosen. The selection process involves a comprehensive review of the submitted application and supporting references, and individual interviews by senior NIH scientists and senior scientific officers of the Howard Hughes institute.

"Mehdi impresses me as a sincere, intelligent and thoughtful young man who has all of the qualities we seek in an investigator and physician," says Franklin Richeson, M.D., associate dean for Student Affairs. "He has become a leader in his class and is destined for a bright future in academic medicine."

In his first year at the University of Rochester, Nejad-Sattari was awarded Honors in the Histology and Physiology courses and received an Honors grade in Genetics and Pathology.

A 1995 graduate of Swarthmore College, Nejad-Sattari received Honors in his chemistry major and participated in a two-year research project in physical chemistry. The results of that study have recently been published in the Journal of Chemical Physics.

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