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Post Doc’s [Frog] Research Leaps Forward with New Fellowship

Leon Grayfer, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Jacques Robert, Ph. D., received a three-year fellowship from the Life Sciences Research Foundation to continue his research on the development of the immune system of the African clawed frog. By studying the mechanisms that govern the organization of the frog’s immune system, Grayfer hopes to learn more about the evolution of vertebrate immunity and how we can better fight disease.  African clawed frog

This year, the Foundation awarded a handful of scholarships out of a pool of around 1,000 applicants. The award reflects Grayfer’s great work as well the high-quality training he received in Robert’s lab and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (selection takes into account the caliber of the training and the opportunity for scientific growth within the awardees’ institution).

Before coming to URMC in 2011, Grayfer studied at the University of Alberta. Robert, Grayfer’s mentor, is an associate professor of Microbiology and Immunology and the creator of the Jumping Frog Laboratory, an international resource that puts frogs in the forefront in the fight against diseases that threaten both humans and amphibians.

Emily Boynton | 6/5/2013

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