Research Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Ignazio Carbone, associate professor of plant pathology, and Rodrigo Olarte, graduate research assistant in plant pathology, for winning the first-ever Stewards of the Future Research Awards!

The competition, which was decided by public vote (via web and text messaging), showcased the ingenuity of CALS scientists and provided a small award of flexible funding to help support awardees’ research programs.

Check out all of the finalists' videos below!

Outstanding Faculty Research Award Finalists

    >>"Mission: Sterile Fungi" (WINNER)
    Ignazio Carbone, Department of Plant Pathology




    >>"Controlling environmental-derived oxidative stress in the central nervous system"
    Jun Ninomiya-Tsuji, Department of Toxicology


    >>"Using zebrafish to find human cancer drugs"
    Clay Clark, Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry


Outstanding Student Research Award Finalists

    >>"Genome plasticity in Aspergillus flavus" (WINNER)
    Rodrigo Olarte, Department of Plant Pathology

  • >>"Trophic impacts of aquatic invasive species in reservoir ecosystems"
    Marybeth Brey, Department of Biology

    >>"MicroRNA Regulation of Transferrin Receptor"
    Alexander Bogdan, Department of Toxicology

For more information about the awards competition, please click on the following link:

Download 2012 NCALS Research Conference – Outstanding Reseach Awards Information Packet


The NC Agricultural & Life Sciences Research Foundation operates under the auspices of the
NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 organization and a co-host of this event.