Shelly Peyton, associate professor of chemical engineering, has been named to the Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review in the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Peyton is the Barry and Afsaneh Siadat Career Development Faculty Fellow.
Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science.
Using synthetic polymers, Peyton and her team of researchers create artificial tissues that realistically mimic brain, lung, bone, liver and other tissues and test how cancer cells placed on these tissues respond to chemotherapy drugs. They also study the movement of the cancer cells from one type of tissue to another in an attempt to understand why different types of cancer cells are drawn to specific parts of the human body.
Peyton’s term on the panel runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors, according to Richard D. Nakamura, director of the Center for Scientific Review. Service on a study section also requires mature judgment and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group, qualities Peyton will bring to the task, he said.
Peyton joined the university in 2011.