BTP trainee earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program award

NSF LogoThe National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the 2024 awards in its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), a prestigious and competitive fellowship that helps support outstanding graduate research across the country.

Abigail Cordiner, a graduate student in the Palecek Lab in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and a Biotechnology Training Program trainee, was among this year’s recipients. Cordiner’s research works on improving protocol used to differentiate from stem cells to heart muscle cells using synthetic biology techniques. “Being awarded the GRFP is a massive honor,” says Cordiner. “The fellowship will give me more flexibility in my research and will allow us to deepen our investigation. The GRFP will also help me develop a network of researchers that will help to build my career as a researcher.”