Professor Hargadon '01 Receives Commonwealth Grant

May 23, 2014

Kristian Hargadon '01Dr. Kristian M. Hargadon '01, Elliott Assistant Professor of Biology at Hampden-Sydney College, was unanimously selected by the Commonwealth Health Research Board to receive a two-year grant of $125, 000.

The grant is titled "The Role of Melanoma-derived Factors in Suppressing the Maturation, Activation, and T-Cell Stimulatory Capacity of Dendritic Cells", and it will support research on immune suppression by melanoma. This work builds on previous research conducted by Dr. Hargadon and collaborating students at Hampden-Sydney College that had been funded by a Jeffress Memorial Fellowship from the Virginia Academy of Science.

The Commonwealth Health Research Board was founded in 1997 with a mission "to promote and protect the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth through human health research." Since its establishment, the CHRB has funded over $12 million in research grants to institutions of higher education and other organizations that include the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Eastern Virginia Medical School, George Mason University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Richmond, and William & Mary College, among others. Dr. Hargadon's grant is the first ever awarded to Hampden-Sydney College.

Hargadon received his B.S. from Hampden-Sydney College and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia where he was a Postdoctoral Fellow. He teaches Microbiology, Immunology, Virology, Biology of Cancer, Principles of Biology, Genetics, and Cell Biology at Hampden-Sydney College.

A private college for men, Hampden-Sydney is ranked nationally in the top 100 of liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The College is known for its liberal arts curriculum, the Honor Code which stresses individual and collective responsibility, and a focus on the education of young men.