Dieckman Receives National Science Foundation Award

Dieckman Receives National Science Foundation Award

Biochemistry researcher and assistant professor Lynne Dieckman, PhD, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

The five-year, $680,500 NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award will be utilized to gain a better understanding of how improper DNA replication and compaction can cause changes in gene expression in offspring, which can play a role in the onset of diseases such as cancer, cell death or developmental issues. In addition, a major goal of the project is to create a comprehensive learning environment for aspiring high school-aged and undergraduate scientists who will have significant roles in the research.

An assistant professor with the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, she is the first Creighton faculty member to receive the highly competitive NSF CAREER award.

Dieckman and her team of student researchers will use program funding to examine protein interactions in DNA replication and the subsequent packaging of DNA into the nucleus of cells.

Creighton students will be heavily involved in performing all experimentation, as the NSF grant will cover stipends for three undergraduate students each summer.

In addition, six students from local high schools will participate in research projects every summer in a collaboration with the Haddix STEM Corridor program. Students in the program will attend weekly scientific development workshops on campus and present research results to other scientists and the public.