David La, a biology graduate student at Cal Poly Pomona, recently won the Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award for his presentation on ?Phylogenetic Motifs: A novel protein functional site prediction strategy.?
Given by the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB), the award was developed to encourage excellence in biotechnology-related graduate student research throughout the CSU system. It requires a faculty nomination, student essay and research poster presentation at the annual CSUPERB
La will receive a $500 prize and up to $1,000 for travel to a professional conference where he will present his award-winning research. The San Gabriel resident has chosen to present his work at the 18th Symposium of the Protein Society on ?Protein Structure, Function and Disease? to be held in San Diego from Aug. 14-18.