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MSU College of Engineering faculty member earns rising star award

July 17, 2015 -- MSU News Service


Stephanie McCalla, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Montana State University, earned recognition and financial support from the Rising Stars program of the Institute of Transitional Health Sciences.    High-Res available

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BOZEMAN – Stephanie McCalla, an assistant professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Montana State University, earned recognition and financial support from the Rising Stars program of the Institute of Transitional Health Sciences.

McCalla will join a cohort of 12 scientists for a two-year rising stars program that provides targeted and structured career development assistance to promising early-stage investigators from the five-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region.

The recognition will provide $15,000 in funding for McCalla’s research into developing methods to more easily identify biomarkers that can be present after a patient has had cardiac event.

“I’m very excited to have this funding because it will help me gather preliminary data needed for this research project,” McCalla said. McCalla added that the funding offers a nice boost in an era when grant funding has been harder to secure.

“And down the road that will hopefully help me to target (National Institutes of Health) funding,” she said. “This funding is important when your goal is to grow your study.”

In addition to the financial support, McCalla said the Institute of Transitional Health Sciences (ITHS) will also offer mentoring, peer-to-peer networking and grant-application review services.

Given her hopes for developing methods to offer quicker, more cost-effective tests for cardiac biomarkers, McCalla said it is fitting that her research is being supported by an organization dedicated to transitional health sciences.

“The idea behind transitional health sciences is to see research go from the lab bench top to hospital bedside,” McCalla said. 

Contact: Stephanie McCalla, (406) 994-2286, stephanie.mccalla@coe.montana.edu.