Karas Award Winners - 2012
In 1995, Dr. George Karas retired as the Associate Dean of the Graduate College after 36 years with Iowa State University. Upon his retirement, he established the Karas Award for Outstanding Dissertation to recognize excellence in doctoral research.
Dr. Brenda Carrillo-Conde (Outstanding Dissertation Award Winner)
- Brenda Carrillo-Conde, a graduate from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, receives the Karas Award for 2012 in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering category. Dr. Carrillo-Conde received her Ph.D. in December 2011.
- Brenda has been a prolific writer during her four years as a doctoral student. She published seven refereed journal papers. In addition, two papers are currently under review and four are in preparation. Her papers have appeared in or have been submitted to top journals in bioengineering, materials science, and immunology. Brenda has also given 19 presentations of her work at national and international conferences.
- Brenda is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, working in Dr. Nicholas A. Peppas research group. Her post-doctoral research focused in the design and engineering of hydrogel-based carriers for the oral delivery of therapeutic proteins. The main goal is to develop novel strategies to enhance protein bioavailability and transport through the gastrointestinal tract for the treatment of inflammatory diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Yongchao Su (Oustanding Dissertation Honorable Mention)
- Yongchao Su, graduated in the Department of Chemistry, and he receives Honorable Mention, for the Karas Award for Outstanding Dissertation, in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering category. He graduated in August 2011.
- Since joining the Chemistry Department in 2006, Dr. Su has published ten papers - eight as first author and two as co-author, in the best peer reviewed journals in his field.
- Yongchao Su is currently a post doctoral research associate with Prof. Robert G. Griffin in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research is to investigate the atomic-level structure of pathological amyloid fibrils, which cause protein misfolding diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.