Biology professor awarded 2014 Young Investigator Award

Dr. Clement G. Yedjou, assistant professor of Biology and the distance learning program coordinator at Jackson State University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, has been awarded the 2014 Young Investigator Award from the Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) program.

Dr. Clement Yedjou and student

Dr. Clement Yedjou (right) and student Keara Johnson 

Yedjou earned the award for his contributions to distance learning education during the National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS) 5th Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence, held in Washington, D.C., in June. He was recognized for his presentation of an abstract entitled: “Environmental Health and Technology-Enhanced Learning.” His research interests vary across a wide range of areas with a strong concentration in pharmacology, toxicology, therapeutics and applied technology in the classroom.

This award is given to an outstanding community of scientists and students from 23 states and Puerto Rico who participate in the Institutional Network of Biomedical Research Excellence program, a subdivision of the IDeA program offered by the National Center for Research Resources. Recipients of this award are selected based on rating and peer review of submitted abstracts. It is one the most prestigious awards given to outstanding young researchers. The Young Investigator Award consists of a certificate of recognition and an honorarium of $1,000.

The research work of Yedjou and JSU undergraduate student Keara Johnson has been highlighted in the NIGMS 5th Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) booklet under the category of Integrity Medicine. Johnson is a junior biology major at JSU. She is a recipient of the MS-INBRE scholar award and has been working under the mentorship of Yedjou for the past two years.  While in Washington, D.C., Johnson and Yedjou toured NIH facilities. Johnson intends to apply for an NIH fellowship after completing her degree at JSU.

Yedjou has won multiple awards over the course of his career at Jackson State University including Faculty Scholar Award for Cancer Research given by the American Association for Cancer Research; Outstanding Leadership & Achievement Award given by the Alliance for Graduate Education in Mississippi; NIH Travel Award to attend Cancer Workforce in Halifax, Canada; and Research Center in Minority Institutes Travel Award to make an oral presentation on Health Disparities in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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