Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hanna Mikkola wins prestigious award for work in unlocking the secrets of blood stem cells

Dr. Hanna Mikkola; Photo courtesy UCLA
It’s always nice when someone whose work you have supported is honored for their achievement, so we were naturally delighted to hear that Dr. Hanna Mikkola from UCLA has been named as the winner of the 2013 McCulloch and Till Award.

The prestigious award, from the Society for Hematology and Stem Cells (ISEH), recognizes a junior scientist in the field of experimental hematology and stem cells who is considered an “outstanding early career investigator.”

Mikkola, who is a member of the UCLA Eli & Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, has received two grants from CIRM . One of those is a New Faculty award to help her better understand the biology of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) – the blood forming cells in the bone marrow – so we can develop better ways of creating those cells outside the body for use in transplantation to treat leukemia. You can read about her CIRM-funded research here.

Mikkola picked up the award this past weekend at the ISEH annual meeting in Vienna, Austria. In a news release from UCLA she said:
“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award. It is very gratifying to receive recognition from my fellow scientists that we have advanced stem cell science in the field of experimental hematology. I thank the ISEH membership and will use this recognition as incentive to continue our research with the passion, rigor and focus that has brought us this far.”
Congratulations to Dr. Mikkola, and her entire team, on the award.

Kevin Mccormack

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