Mohammad Arifuzzaman Receives Breakout Award for Junior Investigators

MGM alum Mohammad Arifuzzaman, who trained with Dr. Soman Abraham and is now a Postdoctoral Associate at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, has been awarded a 2024 Tri-Institutional Breakout Award for Junior Investigators.

Weill Cornell Medicine, The Rockefeller University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center present the awards annually, recognizing exceptional investigators for their remarkable research achievements, impactful findings and high potential for success as independent investigators. The winners, at least one from each institution, receive a $25,000 unrestricted prize.

Dr. Arifuzzaman’s research focuses on how nutrition and gut microbiota affect immunity. Specifically, he investigates interactions between dietary fiber, small molecules produced by microbiota—known as microbial metabolites—and immune cells, and how these interactions affect inflammatory responses in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), allergy and parasitic infection.

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