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Congratulations to Celia Shiau, who has been awarded a 5-year Outstanding Early-Stage Investigator MIRA (Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award) grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences totaling ~$1.9 million. The MIRA award provides support for NIGMS-related research and provides flexibility for investigators to pursue innovative and important research directions as opportunities arise rather than tied to specific aims that are predefined and fixed. The Shiau lab will use this award to study the genetic and metabolic regulation of macrophage activation in vivo using zebrafish and other systems. This work has implications for the design of macrophage-targeted technologies for controlling inflammatory processes and addressing health challenges related to immune dysregulation, such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

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