Dr. Sariah Khormaee has been awarded the Department's Danckwerts-Pergamon Prize for for writing the best PhD thesis in her year. Her work was supported by both the British Government through a Marshall Scholarship and the American Government through the NIH-Cambridge Graduate Partnership Program. Through these programs she had joint supervision during her PhD research from Professor Nigel Slater of the Bioscience Engineering Group and Dr. John Park of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
She gained her PhD in 2009 with a thesis entitled "Biological properties of phenylalanine grafted poly(L-lysine iso-phthalamide)". At present, she has completed her first year of Harvard Medical School in the Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Program run jointly by Harvard University and MIT.
Her supervisor, Prof Nigel Slater said, "This is a well deserved award for an exceptional student."