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PhD student Gann wins Henry Daniell International Scholar Award


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(Left) Peter James Gann, PhD student, cell and molecular biology; (Middle) Maria Clara Chaves, master’s student; crop, soil and environmental sciences; (Left) Dominic Dharwadker, undergraduate student, majoring in biochemistry.

Peter James Gann of the Cell and Molecular Biology (CEMB) program won the Henry Daniell International Scholar Award (HD-ISA) from the American Society of Plant Biologists-Southern Section (ASPB-SS). Gann received the award at the ASPB-SS Annual Meeting Banquet held March 28, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.

The HD-ISA is a unique, competitive, merit-based award that recognizes an internationally outstanding graduate plant biologist. Gann was selected for demonstrating his ability to make a positive contribution to plant biology, as evidenced by his scientific research publications, previous awards, presentations, and assumed leadership in the field.

Gann is a Fulbright scholar from the Philippines who began his graduate studies at the U of A in 2018. His research focuses on understanding the cellular, molecular, and biochemical mechanisms of grain filling, germination, and growth in rice through to a gene editing approach. Portions of his work have been published, presented at conferences and awarded by learned societies. He is advised by Vibha Srivastava of the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences (CSES).

In addition to the HD-ISA, Gann was also shortlisted for the Student Travel Award which supported his participation to present his paper, “Targeted Mutagenesis of Vacuolar H+ Translocation Pyrophosphatase (V-PPase) GATA Promoter by CRISPR/Cas9 Reduces Chalkiness in Rice,” at the ASPB-SS Annual Meeting. Two other students from the Srivastava lab also presented their research projects at the meeting: Dominic Dharwadker, undergraduate student in biochemistry, and Maria Clara Chaves, master’s student in CSES.

About ASPB: The ASPB is a 501(c)(3) professional corporation dedicated to advancing research and education in plant science. It publishes three world-class journals and organizes conferences and other educational activities that are essential to the advancement of science. The southern section includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.