Gabriela Fernandez-Cuervo has been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study, one of 30 fellowships awarded to outstanding students who are pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the life sciences and who are committed to increasing diversity among scientists. The award provides full support to promising students pursuing doctoral degrees in the life and biomedical sciences. Fellows will also attend at least one annual meeting at the HHMI headquarters to meet other HHMI researchers and receive professional development mentoring as they launch their careers after graduation.
Gaby, a native of Puerto Rico, is a third year graduate student in the Drug Discovery and Development program of the College of Pharmacy. She is undertaking a highly multi-disciplinary research project where she combines her chemistry background, drug discovery knowledge, and innovative molecular imaging techniques. Her research is focused on the development of enzyme responsive contrast agents to reshape targeted therapies into a choice of tailored chemotherapy treatment. In addition to research, Gaby is an IMSD scholar who is involved in many outreach opportunities to raise awareness of the need to increase diversity on campus and in the STEM fields.
Gaby is the first HHMI Gilliam Fellowship recipient at UA since the HHMI established this program in 2004. The Gilliam Fellowships are established in honor of the late James H. Gilliam, Jr., a charter Trustee of the Institute who spent his life nurturing excellence and diversity in science and education.