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Krings outstanding grad
Having authored three journal papers from his thesis project, plus
another one due out this month, Gregor Krings, MD, Ph.D., is this
year’s Outstanding Graduate of the Year from the College of Graduate
Krings studied molecular biology in the DNA replication lab of Deepak
Bastia, Ph.D., the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley chair in Biomedical
Sciences. Specifically, Krings pursued his research on fission yeast
genes that are very important in cancer research. “He’s one
of the two best students I have ever seen, including those at Duke,
where I was a professor before coming to MUSC; and he is the best
student I’ve seen at MUSC,” said Bastia, who also was Krings’ mentor.
A German national born in India, Krings moved to Charleston at age 7
after his father, a mechanical engineer, got a job here. Krings earned
his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.
In July, he will begin his residency in the Department of Pathology at
Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard), which he hopes will launch a
career in clinical and scientific research.
Krings credits his experience in Bastia’s lab with providing him a
solid foundation in molecular biology and yeast biology, and a
confidence to develop and carryout independent scientific research. "Of
course, I also learned the importance of innumerable intangible things,
such as communication skills, patience, and humility,” he added.
Papers he has co-authored with Bastia, medicine and pathology professor
Maria Lopes-Virella, M.D., Ph.D., and COM professor Gabriel Virella,
M.D., Ph.D., included important findings related to DNA replication
research and vascular disease.
Krings also credits guidance from Virella and Lopes-Virella that helped
him establish a path in biomedical research.
Friday, May 16, 2008
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