Ciotti, McDonald and Tang Receive American Heart Association Fellowships

May 27, 2011

Durham, N.C. — Marcella Ciotti, a graduate student in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, David McDonald, a graduate student in the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics, and Hao Tang, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, have received American Heart Association Fellowships.

Ciotti and McDonald received Predoctoral Fellowships which are designed to help students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training. Tang received a Postdoctoral Fellowship which helps trainees initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research while obtaining significant research results under the supervision of a sponsor or mentor.

Ciotti works in the laboratory of Raphael Valdivia, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. McDonald and Tang work in the laboratory of Doug Marchuk, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Director of the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics.

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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.”