Recognized for outstanding research achievements in the genome editing field, Hargadon is unique in that he leads a research team entirely made up of H-SC undergraduate students. They have each collaborated with Hargadon on various projects and published numerous manuscripts as student co-authors in leading journals in the fields of tumor immunology and cancer biology. “The fact that our team is the only one of all the finalists to consist entirely of undergraduate students speaks to the dedication of Hampden-Sydney students and the level of work they are able to accomplish during their time at the College,” says Hargadon.
His work focuses on studying tumor immune suppression and mechanisms of tumor immune escape, as well as investigating the specific oncogenic activity of the FOXC2 transcription factor in cancer cells. “With the emergence of genome editing and its impact on so many fields of science in recent years, it is truly an honor to be recognized as a finalist for this award," Hargadon says, adding, “I am particularly proud that several of my Hampden-Sydney research students contributed to the genome editing work for which we are being recognized.”
The two nominees who receive the most votes will win a research grant and services worth $4,000. MolecularCloud will also recognize the most active research teams. Winners will be announced March 12.