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by Ben Panko

Biological Sciences Ph.D. student Scott Keith has received the Glen de Vries Fellowship. The fellowship, made possible by the generosity of MCS alumnus and founder of Medidata Solutions, Glen de Vries, recognizes outstanding research achievement and potential among Ph.D. students in biological sciences.

Keith is a member of Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Brooke McCartney’s lab, where he studies how microbiomes impact animal metabolism and growth in fruit fly models. “My work has identified novel host proteins that modulate the fly’s metabolic response to its microbial environment by impinging on highly conserved cell signaling pathways, including insulin signaling and the innate immune system,” Keith said.

“The fellowship will enable me to further dissect and better understand the precise molecular connections between insulin signaling and immunity that drive microbiota-dependent host metabolic traits,” Keith said.