Biochemistry grad student wins Outstanding Dissertation Award

Justin Lemkul

Justin Lemkul

Justin Lemkul, who earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 2012, won the Graduate School’s 2012-13 Outstanding Dissertation Award in the category of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Lemkul won the award for his research on Alzheimer’s disease. He focused on determining how small molecules influence the aggregation of proteins involved in the progression of the disease. The award comes with a $1,000 prize.

He was asked to write a review article in the journal “ACS Chemical Neuroscience,” and his research was highlighted on the cover page of a special issue about Alzheimer’s. In addition, he has been invited to give seminars at major research universities in the United States and Europe.

Winning honorable mentions were Kristen Capogrossi of Madison, Wis., who earned a doctorate in agricultural and applied economics, and Tracy Leigh Scheffler of Blacksburg, Va., who earned a doctorate in animal and poultry sciences — both in 2012.