2015 - 2016
Graduate Dean's Award
In Spring 2016, Ms. Shelley Dutt earned her Master’s of Science in Biological Sciences
with a focus in Immunology. She was nominated by her faculty, and selected by the
Dean of Graduate Studies and Research to receive the 2015-2016 Graduate Dean’s Award
due to her outstanding scholarship and achievement in academic, professional, and
Ms. Dutt graduated from UC Irvine in 2010 with degrees in Criminology and in Anthropology.
Her interest in Biology began after completing Dr. Bianca Mothé’s course in Immunology,
where she discovered a passion for understanding disease, and especially the body’s
natural response to infection. She joined Dr. Julie Jameson’s lab where she honed
her research and clinical skills, and took on a lab leadership role on a clinical
project that focused on wound healing with kidney transplant patients. The project
was conducted in collaboration with researchers at UCSD and the California Institute
for Renal Research.
Ms. Dutt’s empirical thesis, The Impact of Everolimus on Wound Healing in Renal Transplant Patients
, focused on an analysis of clinical samples from 40 patients. As a result of her
thesis work, she will join a laboratory at Stanford this summer as a research associate.
Dr. Jameson highly praised Ms. Dutt’s thesis work stating, “This is such an extensive
project that usually a post-doctoral fellow would be heading it up with the help of
Ms. Dutt is truly an outstanding example of what can be accomplished as a graduate
student at CSUSM. She built a foundational base in biology before enrolling in her
master program, and once in the program, she distinguished herself in the lab, the
classroom, and through STEM service activities. By working closely with CSUSM faculty
mentors, she was able to develop a depth of knowledge in immunology, and her thesis
project far exceeds the standards for a culminating experience.