Alumni & Development
Milton Taylor Fellowship
Thanks to donors like you, the Taylor Fellowship currently generates an income of roughly $8,200 annually. With your support, this fellowship will continue to recognize a promising student, support virology research, and honor Milton Taylor.
Payel Sarkar, 2012 Taylor Fellow
Payel Sarkar is earning her Ph.D. in Microbiology, with a focus on Virology. She is a member of Pranav Danthi’s research team. Her research is focused on elucidating structure-function relationships in reovirus outer capsid protein M1 that govern efficiency of membrane penetration during entry into cells and virus-induced cell death. Payel has been an associate instructor for Introduction to Biology; Biological Mechanisms; Virology; and Medical Microbiology Laboratory. She has also mentored undergraduate researchers. She has co-authored articles that appeared in the Journal of Virology and in FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology. Payel earned a B.Sc. with Honors in Microbiology from the University of Delhi and a M.Sc. in Virology from the National Institute of Virology at the University of Pune.
About the Milton Taylor Fellowship
The Taylor Fellowship aids recruitment and retention of outstanding graduate students and can provide dissertation support. Graduate students conducting research in virology receive first preference. Undergraduate microbiology majors, who preferably are performing research in virology, may also apply for scholarships from this fund and receive second preference.
The endowed fellowship was created in 2000 by alumnus Lawrence Blatt to honor his former teacher and mentor, Professor Milton W. Taylor. In addition to studying under Taylor as an undergraduate, Blatt, now the President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Alios BioPharma, also began collaborating with Taylor on scientific projects in the early 1990s. They began researching the synergistic effects of interferon on virus replication and the study of gene expression using microarray technology.