Sengottuvelan Murugan, post-doc associate in the Department of Animal Sciences, received a prestigious Gallo Award for his outstanding cancer research at the 2013 Annual Retreat on Cancer Research in New Jersey, which was held at UMDNJ–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School on May 23. This is the second year in a row that Murugan has received a Gallo Award.
Each year, this retreat is hosted by The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. The Gallo Awards Review Committee selects the top abstracts submitted in each category for oral presentation and Gallo awards. Murugan’s research presentation was titled “Endorphin Neuronal Transplantation Attenuates Alcohol-Induced Liver Pathologies and Prevents Diethylnitrosamine-Induced Hepatocellular Carcinoma.”
Prior to joining professor Dipak Sarkar’s laboratory as a postdoctoral research associate in 2009, Murugan received his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from Annamalai University in Tamilnadu, India, in 2006. He then worked at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow. JSPS is a very prestigious, internationally recognized fellowship for foreign researchers to conduct research at Japan.