Former Biology Graduate Student Wins Dissertation Prize

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July 25, 2019

Rajula Elango (Malkova Lab), who earned her Ph.D. in Integrated Biology in the Fall 2017 semester, received the 2019 D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize in the Biological and Life Sciences category. Rajula’s dissertation research focused on the genetics of DNA repair and recombination. The title of her thesis was “Break-Induced Replication Repair Pathway Promotes Mutagenesis and Genomic Instability in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.”

The D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize, named in honor of the former Graduate College Dean, was established to recognize excellence in doctoral research. Recipients of the D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize will be honored at a special reception held in conjunction with the James F. Jakobsen Graduate Research Conference on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. At that time, winners are presented with $2,500, an award certificate, and a copy of Spriestersbach’s book, “The Way It Was.”

Rajula conducted her research in the UI Department of Biology under the direction of Dr. Anna Malkova. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Dr. Ralph Scully at Harvard Medical School.