Daniel Romo, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University, has received a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for 1999.

The $60,000 award includes $5,000 for the Chemistry Department at Texas A&M to enhance undergraduate education. The remaining $55,000 will be used to help fund Romo's research, which aims to use compounds found in marine species such as sponges to further understand the function of human cells. Romo explains that some marine compounds suppress the human immune system.

"These compounds are useful in trying to find out how the immune system works," he said.

Romo has been an assistant professor at Texas A&M since 1993. He received his doctorate in chemistry from Colorado State University and did his post-doctoral research at Harvard University. Romo received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology from Texas A&M.

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards program is designed to provide external support to young faculty members at early stages of their academic careers. The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is dedicated to the advancement of the chemical sciences.

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