UPGG Graduate student, Blake Billmyre is awarded a 2015 DeLill Nasser Travel Award

December 8, 2014

The Genetics Society of America awarded Robert Blake Billmyre a DeLill Nasser Travel Award for Professional Development in Genetics for 2015.  This is one of the most important awards bestowed by GSA because it helps promote the future of their discipline by supporting early career scientists in their own professional development.

GSA is pleased to honor DeLill Nasser’s memory through the career development travel award program, and they are glad to help support early career scientist participate as a scientific professional. Please see this short biography of Dr. Nasser, which highlights her commitment to early-career scientists.

Blake utilized the award to attend and present at the 28th Fungal Genetics Conference held on March 17 – 22, 2015 in Pacific Grove, California.  Blake is a senior graduate student working in Dr. Joseph Heitman’s lab.  He entered Duke in 2010 through the Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) program and matriculated into the University Program in Genetics and Genomics.  His research focus is studying the genetics and genomics of fungal pathogens, particularly newly emerging or reemerging diseases, and the attributes that allow these diseases to cause outbreaks.  To read more about his research interests, please click here.

To view a full listing of the 2015 awardees, please click here.