(August 5, 2008) - Dr. Haining Zhu, associate professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry and a co-leader of the UK-SRP Research Support Core, has received the prestigious Maciag Award from theNational Institutes of Health's National Center for Research Resources. Zhu received this honor in recognition of his many research accomplishments and for his exceptional ability to mentor young scientists.
"We are all very proud of Dr. Zhu and his many accomplishments," said Louis B. Hersh, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular and Celluar Biochemistry. "This is a richly deserved award which brings honor to Dr. Zhu, to the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, the College of Medicine and UK."
The Maciag Award is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Thomas Maciag, one of the first Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) principal investigators, who was an internationally recognized cell and vascular biologist. Maciag was an innovative scientist, artist, outstanding mentor to young investigators, and extraordinary educator of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
The intent of this award is to recognize individuals who exemplify Maciag's ideals of research excellence and innovation and his commitment to mentoring new scientists. Zhu was awarded this honor for using COBRE support to its maximum benefit and establishing independence through this program.
Candidates for this award were nominated by COBRE principal investigators and program directors. Zhu was chosen from five finalists and was selected on the basis of his letters of nomination, scientific accomplishments and results of a telephone interview.
Zhu possesses an outstanding publication record indicative that he could become a nationally recognized leader in the field. He has also demonstrated a commitment to mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
"It is a great honor to receive this award. I am indebted to the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have been working in my laboratory in the past six years whose hard work makes it possible for our research to progress so much," said Zhu. "It is also a great privilege to be part of the UK COBRE in human diseases that is directed by Dr. Hersh. The support from the COBRE program enabled us to carry out the research."
"I would also like to thank Dr. Natasha Kyprianou and Dr. Thomas Vanaman, who were my mentors in the COBRE program," added Zhu. "Their guidance and encouragement made a huge difference in the initial stage of my independent career and will benefit me throughout the rest of my career. I am humbled to receive this honor and will continue to strive for research excellence and to help graduate students, postodoctoral fellows as well as the junior faculty in the COBRE program to achieve their maximum potential."
Zhu received his Ph.D. in 2000 from UCLA. He has been at Kentucky since 2002.