Pavlovicz Named Presidential Fellow
By Emily Keeler, 6/15/12
Ryan Pavlovicz, a graduate student in the College of Pharmacy and Biophysics Program, has been named a 2012-13 Presidential Fellow by The Ohio State University.
The Presidential Fellowship is the most prestigious award given by the Graduate School to recognize the outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project. Recipients of this award embody the highest standards of scholarship.
The fellowship provides financial support so that each fellow may devote one year of full-time study to the completion of his or her dissertation or degree project unimpeded by other duties.
Currently studying with Professor Chenglong Li, PhD, Pavlovicz’s research focuses on understanding how drugs or natural products interact with receptors in the body, with a large part of this work being accomplished through computational modeling.
“I was primarily drawn to the area of biophysics because of all the unanswered questions in the field of structural biology, particularly those involving protein structure-function relationships,” said Pavlovicz of his research interests. “Dr. Li's lab was an ideal choice because it offered the chance to learn both computational and experimental methods.”
In addition to receiving the fellowship, Pavlovicz was a recipient of the 2011-2012 Outstanding Student Achievement Award from the Biophysics Program and predoctoral fellowships from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education and from the American Chemical Society's Division of Medicinal Chemistry. He also received an award from the National Science Foundation's East Asian and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program, allowing him to study at the Chinese Academy of Science's Institute of Biophysics in Beijing, China.
Prior to his graduate career, Pavlovicz received his bachelor’s from Ohio State in electrical and computer engineering. He is from North Royalton, OH.
For more information on the Presidential Fellowships, visit http://www.gradsch.ohio-state.edu/presidential-fellows2.html.