Eric Dunham in ice cave

Awards & Recognition: Eric Dunham receives NSF Fellowship 

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is pleased recognize graduate student, Eric Dunham of the Boyd Lab, who has recently been selected for the highly competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  Eric, who studies the role of hydrogen in supporting subglacial microbial communities, has traveled to Iceland to collected sediments from beneath four glaciers. The NSF fellowship will allow him to conduct a second round of experiments on the microorganisms that live without oxygen and are isolated from sunlight in those sediments. 

Eric, who is entering his third year as a Ph.D. candidate under the mentorship of Dr. Eric Boyd, is a Montana native who grew up in Billings and graduated in 2013 from the University of Montana with a double major in cell and molecular biology and biochemistry. Before coming to MSU Eric worked for two years on a post-baccalaureate research fellowship with the NIH at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, MT studying the Ebola virus.

Read more about Eric's research.