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Stephen M. Testa

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Testa said his research focuses on developing a new therapeutic strategy for treating a variety of genetic diseases, including cancer and muscular dystrophy. He is developing a new type of “molecular drug.”

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June 27, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Stephen M. Testa, an assistant professor of chemistry in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences who specializes in biochemistry, has been awarded an 18-month, $155,125 “exploration award” from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The award, under the defense department’s breast cancer research program, was one of only 20 such grants awarded nationally from 200 applications.

Testa said his research focuses on developing a new therapeutic strategy for treating a variety of genetic diseases, including cancer and muscular dystrophy. He is developing a new type of “molecular drug.”

Testa has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and biophysics from the University of Houston and a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from Purdue University. He also engaged in post-doctoral studies in the department of chemistry at the University of Rochester from 1995 to 1999. He joined the UK faculty in 1999.


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