Karolina Mukhtar with Kelvin Droegemeier (White House Office of Science and Tech Policy) PECASE Award (2)

Caption for photo: Drs. Karolina Mukhtar and Kelvin Droegemeier (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) during PECASE award ceremony, July 25, 2019, Washington, D.C.; DOE Photographer, Donica Payne.

Dr. Karolina Mukhtar, Associate Professor in the UAB Department of Biology was recognized as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in July 2019.  PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.  Dr. Mukhtar was nominated by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Mukhtar was awarded an NSF EPSCoR Co-funded (NSF # 1350244) CAREER award from August 2014 to July 2020 entitled, “Regulatory Mechanisms of Pathogen-Medicated Cellular Stress Signaling in Arabidopsis:  Taking Plant Molecular Biology to the Urban Garden.” This project is engaging minority students in citizen science to study cellular stress for more resistant crops.