Posted on February 27, 2018
In March 2018, Rouf Banday, Ph.D., research fellow in the Laboratory of Translational Genomics (LTG), was awarded the Robert A. Welch Fellowship. The fellowship, announced at the annual retreat of LTG and the Laboratory of Genetic Susceptibility, includes funds to be used for travel to attend a scientific conference as well as for research resources.
Dr. Banday began his work at DCEG in 2014, after receiving a Ph.D. from Aligarh Muslim University, India, and working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut. Since then, he has excelled in his investigations of bladder cancer risk with mentor Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson, Ph.D. His most prominent work explores genetic and molecular mechanisms of APOBEC-induced mutagenesis in human cancers. Dr. Banday has received numerous awards for his research, including an NCI Fellows Award for Research Excellence, DCEG Intramural Research Award, DCEG Outstanding Research Paper by a Fellow, and the NCI Director’s Innovation Award.
In addition to his innovative research contributions, Dr. Banday co-mentors several fellows in LTG, including individuals from programs dedicated to supporting trainees from community colleges, and minority and financially disadvantaged students. He demonstrates his dedication to the NIH community by volunteering to judge poster competitions, giving talks, and organizing scientific events, such as the NCI Center of Excellence in Integrative Cancer Biology and Genomics Symposium this year.
The Robert A. Welch Fellowship is named in honor of the founding Director of Operations of the Cancer Genomics Research Laboratory. The competitive award supports fellows conducting research in molecular epidemiology, especially those who apply emerging genetic and genomic technology.