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FAMU Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Award

May 26, 2010

– Florida A&M University (FAMU) Professor Seth Y. Ablordeppey, Ph.D., has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana during the 2010-2011 academic year. Ablordeppey is a professor of medicinal chemistry and the division director of basic pharmaceutical sciences in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Ablordeppey will work with local scientists and traditional herbalists to identify and transform plant products with antibacterial and antifungal properties into potential drugs for the treatment of one of the most threatening infections acquired while in the hospital (MRSA aka Superbug) and other opportunistic infections especially those associated with AIDS.

“I am so grateful for this award and the opportunity it provides to foster a collaboration with the country of Ghana,” said Ablordeppey.  “It is my hope that our efforts will contribute to the identification of novel drug entities to replace the last lines of defense against opportunistic infections including hospital-acquired infections.”

Ablordeppey is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

The United States Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright Program. Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 286,500 people – 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States – with the opportunity to observe each other’s political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

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