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Alumnus Receives NIH Post-Graduate Fellowship

SIOUX FALLS - Ryan Mello, class of 2006, has been awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship by the National Institutes of Health through the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award program.

A native of Casper, Wyo., Mello received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Augustana and is currently working on his PhD in Medical Physics at the University of Minnesota. His research work focus on using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy to study structural changes in myosin (a class of proteins that control muscle contraction) due to aging. This work involves adapting the EPR spectroscopy for use in examining muscle fibers.

Established by the National Research Service Award Act of 1974, these programs were conceived to train investigators and channel them explicitly to those fields in which there was an identified need for biomedical and behavioral research personnel.