MilliporeSigma Award

The MilliporeSigma Predoctoral Fellowship in Honor of Dr. Gerty T. Cori was established in 1958 in the Department of Biological Chemistry (now Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics) by the Sigma Chemical Company (now MilliporeSigma). Cori and her husband, Carl Cori, both professors of biological chemistry, won the Nobel Prize in 1947 for their discovery of how glycogen is broken down and re-synthesized within the body.

Awarded annually to a first-year graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, the fellowship supports the student’s thesis research, educational expenses, and a portion of the student’s stipend.

Current students who have received the fellowship are Jay Rammohan (2010), John Robinson (2011), Mariah Lawler (2012), Melanie Sparks (2013), Josh Rackers (2013), Ted Christensen (2014), McKenna Feltes (2014), Nicole Fazio (2015), and Sarem Hailemariam (2016).

2016 Fellows Report


Catherine Knoverek


Sarem Hailemariam


Nicole Fazio


Ted Christensen


McKenna Feltes


Joshua Rackers

Melanie Sparks


Mariah Lawler


John Robinson


Jayan Rammohan


Agata Bielska

Kirk Hou


Caroline Maynard


Alaji Bah


Fiorella Ghisays


Jeffrey Iwig


Artem Melnykov
2003Parie Garg – Associate Partner at Oliver Wyman
2002Eric Welsh – Core Staff Scientist at Moffitt Cancer Center
2001Reiko Arimoto – Staff Scientist, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
2000Sarah Stuhlsatz-Krouper – Earned Master’s degree
1999Gregory Tochtrop – Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University
1998D. Jeremy Williams – Disease Control Platform Lead, Chemistry Technology at Monsanto
1997Tetsuro Wakatsuki – Chief Scientific Officer, Invivo Sciences LLC
1996Reece Hart – Research and Engineering Fellow at Invitae

1992Mike Leonis – Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati
1992Michael Kolodney – Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Virginia Tech Carillon School of Medicine and Research Institute
1992Margaret Daugherty – Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Colorado College
1990Steven Nothwehr – Program Director, NIH
1989Robert Heuckeroth – Alumni Endowed Professor of Pediatrics, Washington University
1988Robin Levis – Deputy Director, Division of Viral Products (OVRR/CBER) – FDA
1987Dwight Towler – Professor and Chair in Biomedical Research, UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas