Congratulations to Natalie Garza, who has recently been awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellowship from the NIH. These prestigious and highly competitive fellowships are given to very few students every year. The purpose of this fellowship is to support the health-related research of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.
Natalie Garza is a third-year graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Vishal M. Gohil. The goal of her project is to identify and characterize proteins involved in regulating intracellular copper transport to the mitochondria. The identification of these pathways will allow for better treatment options for metabolic disorders associated with copper deficiency. When Natalie is not working in the lab, she likes to relax by either cooking and horseback riding.