Leah Williams, Biology PhD candidate of the Gilmore Lab, is this year’s recipient of the Charles Terner Award. Leah studies the role of transcription factor NF-kappaB in the control of biological processes in invertebrate systems. This research has relevance to pathogen defenses in simple marine organisms, climate change-induced effects on coral health, and the evolutionary origins of immune processes in humans.
This award provides support for a CM or MCBB PhD candidate who has made significant contributions to their field. Charles Terner was a Professor of Biology at Boston University for over 20 years before he retired in 1985. Dr. Terner specialized in biochemistry and focused his research on the metabolic properties of male reproductive cells. The award was established in his memory after he passed away in 1998.