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Scientist wins Merck-Massey Young Achievers award

AgResearch scientist Dragana Gagic (nee Jankovic) has been recognised for her work in the final year of her PhD in the Institute of Molecular Biosciences at Massey University

She won the inaugural Merck-Massey Young Achievers Award in Animal Biotechnology for her paper ‘Direct selection and phage display of a Gram-positive secretome’ (Dragana Jankovic, Michael A Collett, Mark W Lubbers and Jasna Rakonjac) published in the journal 'Genome Biology'.

This work was a result of collaboration between Massey University and Fonterra, with funding generously provided by TEC/Fontera (Enterprise Fellowship), Massey University Research Fund, Institute of Molecular BioSciences and Palmerston North Medical Research Foundation.

Dragana, who recently joined AgResearch’s Rumen Microbial Genomics team, accepted the honour at a formal lunch last month.

The award, sponsored by Merck, is open to Massey post-graduate students in their final year and early post-graduate scientists, with the winner receiving funds to attend a major international science conference in the northern hemisphere this year. Merck intend to make one award of this type each year, with applications for the next award to be called early in 2009.

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Left to right, Peter Somers (Managing Director, Merck Australasia), Dragana Gagic and Dr Wayne Hein (Director, Hopkirk Research Institute)

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