Heckert, Dunn named Self Fellows

A chemist and a molecular biologist have been named the first recipients of a new faculty award created by Madison "Al" and Lila Self.

The first Self Faculty Scholars are Robert C. Dunn, associate professor of chemistry, and Leslie Heckert, assistant professor of molecular and integrative physiology at the KU Medical Center.

The Self Faculty Scholar Award recognizes and helps support KU faculty members in engineering, business and the sciences who are early in their careers and have demonstrated the potential to establish renowned and peer-acclaimed scholarship within their research fields. The award also acknowledges professors who are prepared to mentor pre-doctoral students in the Self Graduate Fellowship program.

Each year, the Self Faculty Scholars program will select two faculty members, who will receive $50,000 annually for three years. The faculty scholars may use the funds in any way to support their research and careers, including paying for personnel, equipment, supplies or travel directly related to research.

In addition to conducting research, the faculty scholars will serve as mentors to students in the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship program. The fellowships are awarded annually to incoming doctoral students who have outstanding records in scholarship and who are judged to possess unusual leadership potential.

Dunn's research focuses on developing new microscopic techniques to study single biological molecules.

Leslie Heckert focuses her research on understanding how reproductive genes in mammals are activated during the development of the testes and ovaries. Her goal is to understand the biological processes that determine the sex of an individual and the regulation of reproductive hormone levels.













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