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Lyuba Bolkhovitinov wins 2017 NSCI Excellence Award

Lyuba Bolkhovitinov '17 received the Excellence in Neuroscience Award, presented annually by the Neuroscience Program to honor a student's academic distinction and research achievements. The award is funded in part by donor contributions to the program.

In addition to obtaining a perfect GPA, Lyuba performed laboratory research with Professor Margaret Saha (Biology) since her freshman year, in a project examining neural plasticity during development.

She presented her work twice at annual conferences of the Society of Developmental Biology and is first author on a manuscript in preparation. During her junior year, she was awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for Excellence in Science and Math. Her senior Honors thesis was titled, "Anterior-Posterior Neural Axis Plasticity in the Developing Central Nervous System of Xenopus laevis."

Prof. Saha describes Lyuba as a remarkable young scientist, who mastered the most difficult lab techniques in record time, and one of the most dedicated students she has mentored.

After graduation, Lyuba will complete a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. She plans to then pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience.