Guillaume Wins Outstanding Presentation Award in Immunology

November 30, 2012

Georges GuillaumeGeorges I. Guillaume, a junior chemistry major at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), recently won the award for outstanding poster presentation in the immunology category at the 12th annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in San Jose, Calif.

Guillaume’s project was entitled "Molecular Determinants in Cellular Defense: Mobilizing Cell Autonomous Immunity" and is the culmination of research with his mentor, Dr. John D. MacMicking from the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis at the Yale University School of Medicine.  A Chancellor’s Scholar at WSSU, Guillaume worked with MacMicking as a 2012 summer intern with the Yale Biomedical Science Training and enrichment Program.  During the fall and spring semesters, he will be working with Dr. Charles Edward Ebert, assistant professor of chemistry at WSSU, in the area of regenerative medicine where he is investigating whether keratin isolated from human hair may support the repairing of damaged nerves.

"It is impressive that Georges won in the category of immunology and certainly attests to his dedication in biomedical science," said Dr. Azeez Aileru, director of the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center at WSSU and director of two programs designed to involve underrepresented minority students in biomedical and behavioral research.  "There were over 1,500 students competing in oral and poster categories representing 12 biomedical or behavioral science disciplines."

ABRCMS is the largest biomedical and behavioral science and mathematics conference geared toward the professional development of undergraduate students.  It attracted approximately 3,300 individuals, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral sciences, faculty members, program directors and administrators.  The conference focuses on promoting the pursuit of advanced training among underrepresented minority students.

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