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KU microbiology junior receives first Serologicals Corporation Scholarship

LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger has announced the recipient of the first Serologicals Corporation Scholarship that will be awarded annually to a student of academic promise in the biological sciences or pharmacy.

Andrew Patrick Pirotte, Joplin, Mo., junior majoring in microbiology, has received the $1,000 scholarship for the 2004-05 academic year.

Pirotte is interested both in becoming a physician and in continuing research. He is the son of Drs. Colette Anne Fleming and Thomas Peter Pirotte of Joplin and the grandson of Tom and Doris Pirotte of Wichita. He attended Missouri Southern State College at Joplin and is a graduate of McAuley Regional High School at Joplin.

"I haven't yet decided, but the healing arts seems a worthwhile career to dedicate myself to," Pirotte said.

This summer Pirotte worked with Mark Richter, KU professor of biochemistry, assisting with research to develop a biochemical assay to measure activities of two enzymes that play key roles in tumor development. Richter said; "Andrew's work during the summer has helped to complete a detailed study of the assay conditions that will be submitted next month for publication. Andrew has shown enormous potential as a research scientist."

Kathy Suprenant, chair of molecular biosciences, said: "The department is honored to support the research activities of the first recipient of the Serologicals Corporation Scholarship.

"The recipient, Andrew Pirotte, is an outstanding student with strong academic credentials and great promise in biomedical research. Andrew is one of over 27 undergraduates who seek research experiences each semester in the Department of Molecular Biosciences. After graduation the majority of these students enter graduate programs in the life sciences at prestigious instituitions around the country."

Serologicals Corporation, which has headquarters in Atlanta, is a global provider of biological products and enabling technologies for the research, development and manufacturing of biologically based life science products. The company is constructing a bio-process manufacturing facility at 3780 Greenway Circle in Lawrence.

Serological's products and technologies are used in innovative applications in oncology, hematology, immunology, cardiology and infectious diseases, as well as in the study of molecular biology. Serologicals has more than 650 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the NASDAQ national stock market under the symbol SERO.

At KU, Pirotte is in the Honors Program and also has received the Englemann Science Scholarship, a Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship and the St. John (Joplin) Future in Medicine Scholarship.

Besides working in Richter's microbiology lab this summer, Pirotte volunteered as a counselor at the Rocky Mount, Mo., camp for children with muscular dystrophy, as he has for several summers.


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