Student Receives Pfizer Award for Undergraduate Research at SUNY Poly

Student Receives Pfizer Award for Undergraduate Research at SUNY Poly

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 15:16
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Julian Freedland, a student who is gaining hands-on experience in the SUNY Polytechnic Institute nanobioscience laboratory of Associate Professor Michael Fasullo, was a recent recipient of the Pfizer Science of Toxicology (SOT) Undergraduate Student Travel Award for undergraduate research. As part of this recognition, Julian received an all-expense paid trip to the 2017 SOT Annual Meeting and an opportunity to present his research at a poster session, providing him with an excellent opportunity to participate in a national conference.

Julian's research is focused on the genetics of human susceptibility to environmental carcinogens. Genes that confer susceptibility include P450 genes, which encode enzymes that ultimately detoxify chemicals while producing some short-lived toxic intermediates. Julian's research focused on characterizing variants of one member of the P450 gene family, CYP1A1, which are cited as risk factors for breast and lung cancers. His conclusions support an idea that CYP1A1 may serve a protective role against some environmental toxins. The results were published in the journal Mutation Research.

In addition to the award recognizing Julian's high level of student achievement, it also illustrates the benefits of the SUNY Poly undergraduate Summer Internship Program, since Julian was able to get his start in advanced research through the institution's unique program that enables students to gain first-hand laboratory experience sooner than many other similar lab and internship programs around the country.

The SOT Awards program recognizes and assists distinguished toxicologists and students each year based on merit, presenting more than 20 awards that recognize achievement, facilitate travel for senior and budding scientists, and further toxicological research.

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