Tropical Medicine PhD Student Aneesa Golshan Receives 2022 ARCS Award in Medicine

JABSOM faculty and student honorees at the 2022 Honolulu ARCS Scholar Awards Banquet: l to r, Dr. Takashi Matsui, Dr. Mariana Gerschenson, Nicholas Kawasaki (Dept. of Reproductive Biology, mentor Dr. Takashi Matsui), Katie Lee (Dept. of Cell and Molecular Biology, mentor Dr. Ralph Shohet), Dr. Michelle Tallquist, Aneesa Golshan (Dept. of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology, mentor Dr. George Hui), and Dr. George Hui. Photo by Dr. Gerschenson.

The Honolulu ARCS Scholar Awards Banquet was held on May 2, 2022 at Outrigger Canoe Club in Waikiki. One of the honorees at this event was Tropical Medicine PhD candidate Aneesa Golshan who received the 2022 Kai Bowden ARCS Award in Medicine. Aneesaʻs dissertation research examines the immunostimulatory effects of iron-oxide nanoparticles on dendritic cell activation and their potential as a malaria vaccine adjuvant. Aneesa has three peer-reviewed publications and her research mentor is Dr. George Hui. In addition to being a graduate research assistant, Aneesa serves as program coordinator for the NIH Pacific STEP-UP program summer research internship for underrepresented and/or disadvantaged high school students living in Hawaii, the Pacific territories and US-affiliated Pacific Islands. In her free time Aneesa enjoys surfing, swimming, trail running, hiking with her dogs Duke and Moon River and spending time with her boyfriend Cody.

ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides financial support to outstanding University of Hawai‘i students pursuing graduate studies and conducting research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health. Also honored as JABSOM ARCS scholars were Nicholas Kawasaki, who also received the Scholar of the Year award, and Katie Lee.

Congratulations, Aneesa, for this well-deserved award.