Samba Reddy, Ph.D., R.Ph., professor, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics, and Sarah Bondos, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine, were recently awarded the 2015 College of Medicine’s Research Excellence Awards, the most prestigious and competitive research award in the College.
The awards recognize those individuals whose research efforts have been particularly successful and widely acknowledged. Reddy was named the recipient in the Senior Research category, and Bondos was named in the Junior Research category.
The nomination of candidates comes directly from department chairs. Awards are accompanied by a plaque and cash prize.
“These two individuals are outstanding choices for the awards, and their research programs exemplify high standards of scientific rigor and innovation,” said Van Wilson, Ph.D., associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies. The award was presented by Paul Ogden, M.D., interim dean of The Texas A&M College of Medicine, at the College Awards Reception on December 11 on the Bryan campus.
Reddy joined Texas A&M in 2008 as an Associate Professor and was subsequently promoted to full Professor in 2013. His research is in the area of epilepsy and brain disorders. He has established himself as a national and international leader in the field. He has already been recognized globally as one of the outstanding pharmacologists. His current federal funding is in excess of $1 million per year. He has published over 40 papers in last 5 years and has been widely sought as an invited speaker and grant reviewer.
Reddy has made seminal contributions to the neuropharmacology and is one of most outstanding researchers in the state of Texas and in the United States. Recently, he has been appointed as a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.
Sarah Bondos received her B.S. in Chemistry with honors and distinction from the University of North Carolina in 1993, and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 1998 working with Stephen Sligar and Jiri Jonas. Her postdoctoral work was at Rice University, working with Kathleen Matthews. Bondos’s research interests include tissue-specific regulation of protein function and development of methods to functionalize protein-based materials.