Borden Scholars

DSMM Scholars will be encouraged to compete for a Borden Scholar award:

  • Scholars will be encouraged to submit a 3-5 page translational research proposal during the last few months of the program. Ideally these proposals would stem from ideas generated through their DSMM participation.

  • Five Scholars/year will receive a cash award based on outstanding translational research proposal; these winners will be named “Borden Scholars.”

This award is thanks to a generous gift from Dr. and Mrs. Ernest and Louise Borden (Duke Medical and Nursing School alumni).

For more information, contact:

Neil Surana, MD, PhD, Director of DSMM


Borden Scholar Award Winners 2019-2020

Larisa Gearhart-Serna
PhD Candidate
Mentor: Gayathri Devi
Department: Surgery & Pathology
DSMM: Oncology and Regenerative Medicine Scholars

Diana Li, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Mentor: Jatin Roper
Department: Medicine, Gastroenterology Divison
DSMM: Endocrine and Cardiometabolic Disease Scholars

Calla Telzrow
PhD Candidate
Mentor: Andrew Alspaugh
Department: Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
DSMM: Infectious Disease Scholars

Gopinath Viswanathan, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Mentor: David M. Tobin
Department: Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
DSMM: Infectious Disease Scholars

Alexis Waddail, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Mentor: Staci Bilbo
Department: Psychology & Neuroscience
DSMM: Endocrine and Cardiometabolic Disease Scholars