Shertz Receives American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship

Durham, N.C. (June 2010) — Cecelia Shertz, a graduate student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship is designed to help students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.

Shertz works in the laboratory of Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, James B. Duke Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Director of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis.

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The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization in the United States that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. It is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”