Outstanding Dissertation Award
Shailja Pathania receives her 2003 award for Outstanding Dissertation from Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Victoria Rodríguez.
SHAILJA PATHANIA - Microbiology. Dr. Pathania's dissertation, Path of DNA within Mu Transpososomes: Order, Dynamics and Topology of Mu end-Enhancer Interactions, describes a detailed and incisive study on the mechanism of DNA strand exchange reactions mediated by a specific enzyme belonging to the transposase family. These enzymes bring about DNA rearrangements with profound biological consequences, including the integration of the HIV genome into human chromosomes. Dr. Pathania's work has been published in Cell, and she is currently doing post-doctoral work at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Dissertation supervisors: Rasika Harshey and Makkuni Jayaram.