First year PULSe student, Jeff Grabowski, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to support his Ph.D. research. Jeff will use the award to study tick-borne flaviviruses. Ticks transmit a number of viruses worldwide. Tick-borne viral diseases cause significant human morbidity and mortality, and affect thousands of people every year. Jeff’s work will focus on understanding how ticks transmit flaviviruses with the goal of ultimately finding new vaccines to prevent flavivirus transmission. Jeff’s research will be conducted jointly between the labs of Dr. Catherine Hill, Department of Entomology, and Drs. Richard Kuhn and Rushika Perera, Markey Center for Structural Biology. Together, these researchers serve as part of the Center for Global Research and Intervention in Infectious Diseases (c-GRIID) http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/C-GRIID/. Jeff is a member of the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science program (PULSe). The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship provides 3-years of support for a graduate student. These NSF scholarships are highly competitive, and the NSF typically awards approximately 2000 scholarships per year nationwide.