The Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer in the College of Veterinary Medicine has awarded The Speaker Mike Hubbard Fellowship in Cancer Research at Auburn University to graduate student Farruk Kabir.
As the first Mike Hubbard Fellow in Cancer Research, Kabir will continue his research in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory studying the mutations that cause breast cancer.
“Mr. Kabir’s ultimate goal is to contribute to the advancement of genetic studies of breast cancer, focusing on defects in genes that normally suppress cancer cell growth and on recently discovered small regulatory RNA molecules that can also suppress cancer growth,” said AURIC Director Bruce Smith. “He is pursuing his work by studying breast cancer in dogs, a disease that is nearly identical to breast cancer in women.”
The endowed fund was created to provide support to an outstanding student pursuing a doctoral degree in cancer research. The offices of the associate deans for research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Harrison School of Pharmacy also contributed to the fellowship which provides one year of stipend support. The fellowship is renewable for up to three years; however, renewal is competitive, and demonstration of progress toward the graduate degree and continued work in cancer research is required.
A native of Bangladesh, Kabir earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Dhaka. Upon graduation, he joined the prestigious International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh, an international health research organization which addresses critical global health concerns.
In 2009, he was admitted to the Cellular and Molecular Biosciences interdisciplinary graduate program at Auburn University. He is currently enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. R. Curtis Bird, director of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory, is Kabir’s research mentor.
The College of Veterinary Medicine launched AURIC as a new initiative aimed at accelerating cancer innovation from the laboratory to the clinic in March 2012. The initiative embodies “One Medicine” – the concept that sees human and animal health as a single field where discoveries in one species advance health in both species. The Speaker Mike Hubbard Fellowship in Cancer Research at Auburn University was named for Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn who was instrumental in establishing AURIC.