The Atlanta Chapter of ARCS Foundation honored 53 outstanding young scientists with scholar awards totaling $385,000 at its annual Scholar Awards Luncheon Thursday, November 16th at the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. ARCS Foundation Atlanta provides scholar awards to outstanding students at Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College, and University of Georgia.
The program was entitled, “Discourse and Reflections with Two of Our Own.” It featured two alumni scholars, Bolyn Hubby, Ph.D. and Manu Platt, Ph.D. and was moderated by Bill Liss.
Dr. Hubby is the chief scientific officer of Agenovir, a San Franciso company developing gene editing-based treatements for diseases asociated with latent or persistent viral reservoirs. She has 16 years of industry experience driving innovative technologies into the clinic to address unmet needs in infectious disease and cancer. Prior to working at Agenovir, she was the cive president of vaccines and antimicrobials at Synthetic Genomics. Dr. Hubby is an author on numberous issued and pending patents as well as over 20 peer-reviewed publications. She received her Ph.D. in cellular biology from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Platt received his B.S. in Biology from Morehouse College in 2001 where he was an ARCS Scholar and his Ph.D in a joint program in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory in 2006. He finished his postdoctoral training at MIT in orthopedic tissue engineering and systems biology. He is professor of Bimedical Engineering at GA Tech/Emory in the Coulter department of Biomedical Engineering. His research focues on proteolytic mechanisms of tissue remodeling due to disease.