Yasharah Raza, a doctoral candidate in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology in the Renaissance School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacological Sciences, recently won three prestigious fellowships and awards totaling $45,000 supporting her research on Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Raza’s translational cancer research at the Stony Brook Cancer Center, under Dr. Chiara Luberto, focuses on new treatment options for the most aggressive subtypes of AML, where patient survival is only three to nine months on average. She also investigates how sphingolipids, named after the enigmatic sphinx, are involved in supporting both normal and cancerous red blood cells.
Raza was awarded a $25,000 Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). This award supports women scholars who are completing dissertations in the 2023-2024 academic year. Awardees are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence, quality and originality of project design, and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.
Raza was selected for the $10,000 Distinguished Doctoral Research Scholarship from the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), which is for candidates whose dissertation research project is judged likely to make important and original contributions to their field.
Raza also received a Turner Dissertation Fellowship for $10,000 from Stony Brook University’s Center for Inclusive Education. This award is given to doctoral candidates who are excelling in graduate scholarship, and show intent to carry out their social responsibility as future leaders, educators, and/or researchers in the United States.
Based on her accomplishments and potential, Raza was also invited to join Sigma Xi as a full member this summer. Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers, promoting ethics and excellence in scientific and engineering research. Membership in Sigma Xi is by invitation only, on the basis of research achievements or potential.
Raza earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, specializing in Neuroscience, from Stony Brook University in 2015. She then continued on to complete her Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences concentrating in Physiology and Biophysics. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, she has remained actively involved in both clinical and basic science research.