USC Davis PhD Student Honored as Outstanding Young Investigator

Laura Corrales-Diaz Pomatto, a senior graduate student in the USC Leonard Davis School-Buck Institute on Aging joint PhD program in the Biology of Aging, has won the 2015 Young Investigator Award of the Society for Redox Biology & Medicine (SFRBM).

The award was made at SFRBM’s 2015 annual meeting held in Boston, Mass. November 18-22. The Young Investigator Award was decided by a committee of senior SFRBM fellows who reviewed all 500 abstracts submitted for presentation. Pomatto was selected as the Young Investigator Award winner for her abstract, “Restoration of the adaptive response of the 20S Proteasome in D. Melanogaster during aging” for which she was senior author. Co-authors on this paper were USC Viterbi School of Engineering students Brenda Shen (Biomedical Engineering) and Caroline Carney (Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering)  and Professors John Tower and Kelvin J. A. Davies (Pomatto’s PhD mentor).

The Young Investigator Award, which includes a cash prize, a certificate, and free registration for next year’s meeting, was presented to Pomatto during the society awards banquet on November 21, 2015 in Boston.

Photo: Laura Corrales-Diaz Pomatto (right) and her PhD mentor, Prof. Kelvin J. A. Davies, at the award ceremony in Boston, Mass.

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