Hunter student Sangita Chakraborty ’24, a Biological Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies major, has won a Marion B. Sewer Distinguished Scholarship from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
The $2,000 scholarship supports undergraduates who demonstrate an interest in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology and who enhance the diversity of science. Ten were awarded this year.
A Yalow Honors Merit and John P. McNulty scholar at Hunter, Chakraborty has done research in the Funabiki lab at Rockefeller University, uncovering how proteins regulate their DNA binding properties, and in the Lydia Finley Lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering, studying how metabolism influences stem and cancer cells.
The senior, who studies in the Thomas Hunter Honors Program, plans on pursuing an MD and PhD in hopes of one day leading her own research group. She also minors in Public Policy, with an interest in the intersection of policy, science, and healthcare and an aspiration to bring a social-justice lens to scientific research.