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COLLEGE STATION --

Texas A&M University chemist Daniel Romo has been selected an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

This highly competitive fellowship program for young scientists, sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, provides recipients with $35,000 in research support over a two-year period.

Romo's principal area of research is organic synthesis, in which scientists select naturally occurring organic compounds with potentially useful biological or therapeutic properties such as suppression of immune system function, neurotoxicity or anti-tumor functions, and attempt to reproduce them in the laboratory.

He and his colleagues also work with biologists and biochemists to determine how these novel compounds carry out their functions.

Romo joined the Texas A&M chemistry faculty in 1993, following an American Cancer Society post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He also is a Texas A&M College of Science Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar, and received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 1996. As a student, he received a Syntex Graduate Fellowship, NSF Minority Graduate Fellowship and a Shell Foundation Fellowship.

He holds a B.S. in chemistry from Texas A&M and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University.

CONTACT: Gene Charleton at (409) 845-4644 e-mail: e-charleton@tamu.edu.

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