Allison Billi of the Kim lab receives Med School Graduate Student Research Award

Allison Billi of the Kim lab receives Med School Graduate Student Research Award

Allison Billi, a graduate student in John Kim’s lab in the Life Sciences Institute, received the 2012 Graduate Student Research Award from the University of Michigan Medical School. She joined Kim’s lab in 2009, studying small RNA function in the developing germline of C. elegans, mechanisms that are also conserved in humans. This semester, Billi began the fourth and final year of her thesis research; she plans to return to medical school to complete her M.D./Ph.D. “Her current accomplishments would already constitute an outstanding graduate thesis and yet I believe her best work is still to come,” said Kim. “Her ideas and findings will have a lasting impact in the field as well as on my lab as new lab members follow up on her discoveries, and her work has established paradigms that we will be elaborating upon for years to come.”

Billi received the award on Oct. 12 at U-M's Celebration of Graduate Education.