Fadie Coleman, Ph.D. student, Boston University School of Medicine, Massachusetts has been honored with a 2014 Raymond W. Sarber Award. This award, established in honor of Raymond W. Sarber for his contributions to the growth and advancement of ASM, recognizes students at the undergraduate and predoctoral levels for excellence in research and potential.
Coleman was honored with the Sarber Award for her passion for discovery and demonstrated abilities as a researcher and teacher. After graduating from Boston University with a double major in Biology and English Literature, Coleman received her M.A. in Biology from Harvard University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Microbiology at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), where she received a National Research Service Award Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.
Coleman is an avid researcher, serving as both principal investigator and assistant on several projects. She is credited as an author on nine research papers and in addition to multiple abstract presentations, she was chosen to give an oral presentation at the New England Science Symposium. Because of her work as a scholar and a leader, she has been presented with a number of awards. She has been an invited guest lecturer for the BUSM graduate course in grant writing, and she leads a course for undergraduates as an instructor of Medical Terminology in the BU Metropolitan College.
In Professor Joseph Mizgerd’s lab, Coleman studies what traits of pneumococci dictate their ability to cause pneumonia. Her goal is to better understand how a specific signaling pathway in these select immune cells dictates the outcome of lung infection with pneumococcus. After completing her Ph.D. in Microbiology, she plans to transition to a postdoctoral fellowship and play an active role in mentoring aspiring research trainees, especially under-represented minority students.