University of North Carolina Superfund Research Program (UNC SRP) grantee Julia Rager, Ph.D., received the prestigious Syngenta Fellowship Award in Human Health Applications of New Technologies at the 2013 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Rager is a former doctoral student and now postdoctoral researcher with UNC SRP investigator Rebecca Fry, Ph.D. She received the award for her project, "Elucidating the Relationship between Exposure-Induced DNA Damage and Dysregulated MicroRNAs."
The Syngenta Fellowship Award is intended for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees to support mode-of-action research aimed at better understanding the dose-dependent effects of chemicals on humans. Rager's past research has investigated the link between formaldehyde and microRNAs in human lung epithelial cells and non-human primate nasal epithelium. Her most recent work on formaldehyde was published in the March 2013 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives .