Press ReleaseDate: 10-04-12
Name: Rob Forman Phone: 973 972 7276
UMDNJ Researcher Mona Batish Earns Special NIH Award
Dr. Batish, who soon will become an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, plans to use the award to work toward developing tools for the detection of tumor-causing alterations in chromosomes, which are an underlying cause of several kinds of cancers. These tools will provide early diagnosis so that appropriate treatment can be performed to prevent the development and spread of cancers.
Carol Newlon, PhD, professor and chair of the department and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at New Jersey Medical School, says, �The fact that so few people receive this award from the NIH confirms something I knew already, what a stellar researcher Dr. Batish is. She has a bright career ahead of her, and it is my honor and that of this department that she has embarked upon it here.�
As she worked toward her PhD, Dr. Batish received several best poster and oral presentation awards. In 2011, she received an Executive Women of New Jersey Graduate Merit Award. This year she was awarded the Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., M.D. Medal of Excellence as the top graduating PhD student at UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and a New Jersey Medical School Faculty Organization Outstanding Graduate Student Award for academic excellence, leadership & research accomplishments.
Dr. Batish, a native of Chandigarh, India, now resides in Newark, New Jersey.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is New Jersey�s only health sciences university with more than 6,000 students on five campuses attending three medical schools, the State�s only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and New Jersey�s only school of public health. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, which provides a continuum of healthcare services with multiple locations throughout the State.