Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Manju
Hingorani recently earned an award totaling more than $571,700 from the
National Science Foundation (NSF) for research on pathways leading to
carcinogenesis, including the development of colon, rectal, stomach, and
The five-year grant will specifically fund the research of
Hingorani's laboratory focuses on the workings of proteins responsible for
DNA mismatch repair with the long-term goal of understanding how defects in
repair are linked to many forms of cancers.
"I am tremendously grateful to the National Science
Foundation for its strong commitment to basic science research and
education, especially in this time of constrained budgets," says Hingorani.
Hingorani earned the award thanks to the NSF's Faculty Early
Career Development (CAREER) program. This program recognizes the critical
roles faculty members play in integrating research and education, and in
fostering the natural connections between the processes of learning and
To date, eight Wesleyan University faculty members have
received this award including Hingorani, Assistant Professor of
Astronomy Kathryn Johnston, Professor of Physics Reinhold Blumel and
Associate Professors of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Scott Holmes and
Hingorani plans to use the funds to support graduate and
undergraduate research projects in her laboratory, and to develop innovative
courses on science writing and on science documentary filmmaking in
collaboration with faculty from Wesleyan's Department of Film Studies.