May 4, 2021 at 12:04 pm

Kira Slepchenko Awarded Donald Clippinger Fellowship

Kira Slepchenko, portrait in lab

Kira Slepchenko

From Ohio University News

This year five named fellowships were funded through the Graduate College, in the amount of $2,000 per semester for academic year 2021-22. This is in addition to a student’s existing appointment.

The Donald Clippinger Fellowship goes to Kira Slepchenko, a doctoral student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biological Sciences programs in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Her project is titled “The role of hepcidin/ferroportin network in metabolism of zinc and iron in pancreatic beta-cells under physiological and inflammatory conditions.”

“My research project focuses on understanding how obesity-induced inflammation contributes to development of type 2 diabetes and the role metals play in this disease,” explained Slepchenko, who was nominated by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, professor of environmental and plant biology and director of the MCB program.

This fellowship is named after Donald Clippinger, who started as a professor of chemistry at Ohio University in 1928 and was the dean of the graduate school from 1958 to 1965.

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