Elie Zakhem Awarded Certificate of Recognition
Elie Zakhem, a Ph.D. candidate in the Molecular Medicine and Translational Science program, was awarded a “Certificate of Recognition for Scientific Accomplishment as an Early Stage Investigator” from the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) during the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) Meeting for his oral presentation at the meeting. The presentation focused on the appendix as a viable source of neural progenitor cells to innervate bioengineered gastrointestinal smooth muscle tissues.
A paper on the same topic, co-authored by Stephen L. Rego, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow, was accepted for publication by Stem Cells Translational Medicine.
Zakhem, a graduate of the University of Balamand (Lebanon) who earned a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate at Wake Forest and works under the direction of Khalil N. Bitar, Ph.D., AGAF, professor of regenerative medicine.