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Walter Konetzka Fellowship

Give Now buttonThanks to donors like you, the Walter Konetzka Fellowship currently generates an estimated annual income of $6,700. With your support, this fellowship will continue to recognize a promising microbiology student and honor Walter Konetzka.



Natasha Gebhart
Natasha Gebhart | Courtesy photo

Natasha Gebhart
2014 Konetzka Fellow

Natasha Gebhart is a member of Richard Hardy’s lab. Her research focuses on defining the requirements for Alphavirus replication and Alphavirus regulation of host protein synthesis. Natasha has two publications to her credit, one article appearing in The Journal of Virology and the other in Virology. She has been an associate instructor for two courses: L113 Biology Laboratory and L319 Genetics Lab.



Brynn Heckel
Brynn Heckel | Courtesy photo

Brynn Heckel
2014 Konetzka Fellow

Brynn Heckel is a member of Clay Fuqua’s lab. Brynn’s research project is focused on an enigmatic regulatory protein called ExoR that controls biofilm formation by the plant pathogen Agrobacterium tumefaciens. She co-authored a piece that appeared in Frontiers in Plant Science this year and is lead author on an article that appeared in the June 2014 issue of Journal of Bacteriology.



Erkin Kuru
Erkin Kuru | Courtesy photo

Erkin Kuru
2014 Konetzka Fellow

Erkin Kuru is a member of Yves Brun’s research team. Erkin’s research involves developing tools for probing bacterial growth in situ. He has published articles in a variety of journals—including Angewandte Chemie, Molecular Microbiology, Current Opinion in Microbiology, Nature Communications, and Nature. Erkin has been an associate instructor for C481 Physical Biochemistry, C103 Chemical Principles, Introduction to Microbiology, and T315 Biotechnology. In 2014, the IU College of Arts and Sciences honored him with a Dissertation Year Fellowship for his work in the Brun lab.



About the Konetzka Fellowship

The Konetzka Fellowship is open to Department of Biology graduate students in good academic standing. First preference is given to graduate students in microbiology with superb teaching abilities and strong research skills. Second preference is given to graduate students majoring in Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology or Genetics if their research is in the area of microbiology and they have the requisite teaching skills.

This endowed fellowship was established by family, friends, colleagues, and former students to honor a beloved researcher, administrator, and teacher.

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