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IIDR Summer Fellowship Winner Kelly Dong on How this Award will Impact Her Research

Kelly Dong, a third-year student in the Faculty of Health Sciences, is one of 10 IIDR trainees to have received the Institute’s prestigious Summer Fellowship Award. The highly competitive fellowship, now in its fourth year and worth $1,000, is designed to support students working in the labs of IIDR members during their summer practicum, which runs from May to August.

Name: Kelly Dong

Supervisor: Dr. Jiangping Xu

Areas of research: 

  • Investigating the relationship between genetic variation and virulence in human fungal pathogens.
  • The genetic mechanisms that govern mitochondrial inheritance in Cryptococcus neoformans and its implications for the evolution of organelle inheritance in eukaryotes.