PhD candidate Emily Mastronardi from the DeRosa lab has be awarded the Graduate Research and Innovative Thinking (GRIT) award.

“Mastronardi will be using her GRIT award to purchase specific DNA synthesis reagents to carry out her research. She will examine DNA aptamers which are an innovative solution for detecting small molecules and creating sensors. Measuring the binding affinity of an aptamer for its small molecule target has been a major challenge in the field, and this award will be used to develop methodology to bridge aptamers into therapeutic applications.”

For more information on this years GRIT winners, click here.