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Biological sciences student awarded Fulbright to conduct research in Malaysia

June 2, 2017

For the third-consecutive year, a student from the Division of Biological Sciences has been awarded a coveted Fulbright grant to study and conduct research abroad.

Moiz Munir will spend the 2017-18 academic year in Malaysia, where he will do research on the use of complementary and alternative medicines for cancer patients.

Munir, who completed his bachelor of science degree in the biological sciences in May, said the Fulbright program is a “perfect fit” for his post-baccalaureate aspirations.

“I wanted to travel and absorb a new culture while doing clinical and public health research,” he said. “When I heard about the Fulbright program it seemed like a perfect fit. But, what truly sold me on the program was being able to represent the U.S. abroad.”

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

As an undergraduate, Munir conducted research in the lab of Professor Salman Hyder at MU’s Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center. His research on the suppression of a cancer stem cell marker led to a publication in the journal Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy. The Division cited both his research accomplishments as well as his stellar academic record when it selected Munir for an Outstanding Senior Award in May.

For his part, Munir credits his success in receiving a Fulbright to the support he has received from his family and from his mentors at MU.

“I was incredibly lucky to have the support of my parents, Muhammad and Ambreen Munir, and my brother, Mustafa Munir, and guidance from my mentors, including Dr. Hyder and Mr. Tim Parshall in the MU Fellowships Office. They are as invested in the goals of the Fulbright Program as I am and were instrumental in helping me pull together a successful proposal,” shared Munir.

Of his impending year abroad, Munir said he is excited about the whole experience. “I am most looking forward to seeing a completely new country, exploring a new culture, meeting new people, and conducting interesting research,” said Munir.

Munir was one of seven MU students—and one of 1,900 U.S. citizens—selected for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program this year.

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Students majoring in the Biological Sciences were among recipients of the highly competitive grant in the previous two years. Kevin Bird, B.S. ’16, was awarded a Fulbright grant to study and conduct research in plant systems biology at the University of Ghent in Belgium during the 2016-17 academic year. Pari Jafari, B.S. ’15, spent the 2015-16 academic year in Belgium to study literary translations, focusing on works of 19th century French specialists in infectious diseases.

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