Georgia Cancer Coalition Selects Georgia Tech Scientist

Georgians fund awards through State Income Tax Check-Off Program

The Georgia Cancer Coalition has announced the recipients of the 2009 Cancer Research Awards, made possible by Georgians who contribute to the Georgia Cancer Research Fund on their state income tax returns. Michelle Dawson, Ph.D., assistant professor at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is one of the eight recipients. She will receive $50,000 for her research into the development of specialized cells designed as gene delivery vehicles to target and treat breast cancer.

Fifty-one researchers submitted proposals for the 2009 awards. Those reviewing the proposals included nationally recognized scientists and clinicians from across the country.

Dawson completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in 2008. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 2005, where she was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

"Dr. Dawson is an outstanding and highly motivated researcher,

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.