NIMBioS GRA Wins Dissertation Award

Dr. Premal Shah

NIMBioS GRA Premal Shah has received the Jim Tanner award for outstanding dissertation from UT’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Shah graduated this semester with a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He has been working in the lab of Michael Gilchrist, who is also a NIMBioS Senior Personnel member. Shah’s dissertation research focused on developing models of protein translation and studying how various selective forces drive the evolution of codon usage bias. One of Shah’s dissertation chapters, coauthored with Gilchrist, is in press at PNAS. Shah’s next gig is as postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Joshua Plotkin at the University of Pennsylvania, starting in June. Congratulations Dr. Shah!

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