A doctoral graduate from Kansas City, Kan., is one of two graduates this spring at the University of Kansas who will receive the 2013 Marnie and Bill Argersinger Prize for outstanding doctoral dissertations.
Anastasiia Aleksandrova, of Kansas City, Kan., will receive a doctorate in cell biology and anatomy and is being recognized for her outstanding work on vertebrate heart development. Her dissertation is titled “Tissue-Level Mechanisms Driving Cardiac Progenitor and Extracellular Matrix Movements During Early Vertebrate Heart Development.”
According to Professor Dale Abrahamson, University Distinguished Professor in anatomy and cell biology, Aleksandrova’s research on the formation of the heart is "groundbreaking in both its conceptual underpinnings and the technical approaches used" and "will shape how investigators in the field think about how hearts form.” Aleksandrova will continue her research career with a postdoctoral position at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
The other dissertation prize will go to Ryan Gibb, of Omaha, Neb., who will receive a doctorate in political science. He is being recognized for his dissertation titled “The Politics of Land Reform in Uganda.” Mark Joslyn, associate professor of political science, described Gibb’s dissertation as a “first of its kind analysis of the political, economic and ethnic crises that fuel renegotiations in the relationship among people and their governments,” that “makes a significant and original contribution to the fields of political science, African studies, international studies, history and economics.”