Source: UA Little Rock Office of Communications
A University of Arkansas at Little Rock doctoral student has been selected for a highly competitive postdoctoral scholarship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
Emilie Darrigues, a doctoral student in applied science with an emphasis in chemistry who is graduating in May, is one of four students selected for the UAMS Translational Research Institute Health Sciences Innovation and Entrepreneurship Postdoctoral Training Program for its class of 2022. Chosen by a competitive application process, Darrigues will begin two years of mentored entrepreneurship training on July 1.
Darrigues will be mentored by Dr. Analiz Rodriguez, director of neurosurgical oncology in the Department of Neurosurgery. Her research project will focus on improving circulating tumor DNA detection in glioblastoma liquid biopsies and designing therapeutic nanoparticles as a strategy to specifically target glioblastoma.
Darrigues honed her research skills in the labs of the UA Little Rock Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences, where she’s worked as a graduate assistant for the last five years. Under the mentorship of UA Little Rock’s Dr. Zeid Nima and Dr. Alexandru Biris, Darrigues has developed her own biomedical research path and published multiple peer-reviewed papers.