Heaton Receives Prestigious Whitehead Scholarship

November 13, 2015

Durham, NC – Nicholas Heaton, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has received a three-year Whitehead Scholarship from the Duke School of Medicine. This highly prestigious award will provide stipend support for Heaton while working on his current research.

Heaton joined the faculty of Duke Molecular Genetics and Microbiology in August 2015.  His laboratory will continue to focus on their goal to characterize the mechanisms of influenza virus mediated lung disease. By better understanding how disease is caused, we hope that we can uncover new ways by which intervention can take place. Our current work studying how cells survive and are changed by viral infection may eventually allow us to develop new approaches to combat excessive viral induced inflammation.