Student Earns Prestigious Honor from Genetics Society of America

Matt Niepielko

Matt Niepielko

Matt Niepielko, a Toms River resident and a doctoral student in computational and integrative biology at Rutgers–Camden, has been honored with the DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics from the Genetics Society of America.

The prestigious award is bestowed upon graduate students and postdoctoral trainees to support travel costs for national and international meetings and enrollment in laboratory courses.  It is named for long-time GSA member and National Science Foundation Program Director in Eukaryotic Genetics, DeLill Nasser.  Niepielko received the award on Dec. 1.

The Rutgers–Camden student is one of 11 early career scientists named as spring 2014 recipients of the award.  It provides a $1,000 travel grant for each recipient to attend any national or international meeting, conference or laboratory course that will enhance his or her career.

Niepielko will attend the 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, sponsored by the Genetics Society of America, from March 26 to 30 in San Diego, Calif.

Niepielko, a 2003 graduate of Toms River High School North, earned his bachelor’s degree from Stockton College in 2008 and his master’s degree from Rutgers–Camden in 2010. He is the 2013 recipient of Rutgers–Camden’s Lansbury Prize for Academic Excellence, which recognizes outstanding performance by a graduate student.  He has published three papers on gene regulation and cell signaling in the Drosophila species.

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