Graduate Student Wins 2017 College Research Award

Ms. Jaime Jensen has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 NDSU College of Science and Mathematics Graduate Student Research Award. She is a doctoral candidate in the laboratory of Associate Professor Christopher Colbert in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The award recognizes a graduate student’s outstanding contributions to research at NDSU. Ms. Jensen was selected as the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s nomination after an internal competition.  The College of Science and Mathematics Awards committee selected Ms. Jensen who was notified by the Dean of the college, Dr. Scott Wood. The College of Science and Math distributes one award for research excellence per year.

Jensen’s work in Dr. Colbert’s lab has centered on the structure and function of a conserved, Gram-negative inner membrane bacterial protein responsible for regulating a critical bacterial survival pathway. This research has lead to the discovery of unique structural features that allow for distinct signaling to occur through this system.

In addition to the Graduate Research Award, Jensen has previously received the NSF ND EPSCoR Doctoral Dissertation Award, which provided funding for her work from August 2015 to May 2017, as well as the James D. Geerdes scholarship, and multiple travel awards from ASBMB, ACA, CSM, and the NIH. She received postdoctoral research offers from Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Northwestern University, the National Institutes of Health, and Vanderbilt University.  Following successful defense of her dissertation this summer, Jensen will begin a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Dr. Borden Lacy at Vanderbilt University.