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February 24, 2014 — Work in the biomechanics of cell division and the cell biology of cancer has earned Department of Molecular Biology Assistant Professor Jay Gatlin the Early Career Achievement Award from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) at the University of Wyoming.
“Jay Gatlin's research accomplishments are absolutely amazing for a scientist at this stage of his career,” says AES director Bret Hess, associate dean of research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Having received a perfect score on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant and publishing results of his research from UW in (the scientific journal) Science are testaments to the quality of his work. The college is blessed to have a scientist of Jay's caliber.”
Gatlin joined UW in 2010. In 2012, he received two NIH grants totaling more than $1.6 million and, in 2013, he received a research award from the Marine Biological Laboratory. The grant paid for Gatlin and doctoral student James Hazel to conduct research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute laboratories in Massachusetts. Last November, Gatlin and his laboratory published a paper in Science, America’s most prestigious scientific journal.
"Although these remarkable accomplishments should command the utmost respect, Jay doesn't let them influence his attitude and demeanor,” Hess says. “He is the same kind, likable person everyone has come to know."
Other award nominees were Anowar Islam and Urszula Norton, both assistant professors in the UW Department of Plant Sciences.