Fred Hutch graduate student Biswajit “Bish” Paul received the award for the “Best Oral Presentation in Cell Molecular Biology” at the annual meeting of the Society for Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, or SACNAS, held last month in Washington, D.C. SACNAS is the second largest conference for minority scientists in the US.
Bish is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Molecular & Cellular Biology Program, an interdisciplinary program offered through Fred Hutch and the University of Washington in partnership with the Institute of Systems Biology and Center for Infectious Disease Research. He works in the laboratory of Dr. Hans-Peter Kiem in the Clinical Research Division, where his work focuses on gene editing in CD4 T cells to establish protection from HIV infection. This work was the topic of his award-winning talk. Bish carries out this work in collaboration with Drs. David Rawlings & Andrew Scharenberg from Seattle Childrens Research Institute, and Dr. Alexander Astrakhan from bluebirdbio.
Bish is an active volunteer with Hutch United, a group for underrepresented and self-identified minority scientists at Fred Hutch, which sponsored his attendance at the SACNAS conference.
Bish identifies as a queer, immigrant scientist-of-color from a low-income background.