April 2, 2018 - 3:42pm
Former Asher Graduate Student, Dr. David Punihaole, was selected to receive the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship provides one year of support for individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree and was awarded by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation to individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
David received his bachelor’s degree and completed his undergraduate research at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Molecular Biology/Biochemistry. David graduated with his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology in 2016 from Professor Sanford Asher’s Spectroscopy Group. David’s research in Dr. Asher’s lab involved investigating spectroscopy and working to understand the mechanism of polyQ fibrillization using multiple physical methods. In addition, David developed powerful new methods to determine biomolecular structure by using UV resonance Raman spectroscopy.
Presently, David is a Postdoctoral Associate in the research group of Professor Renee Frontiera at the University of Minnesota where his research involves developing super-resolution resolution Raman imaging methods.