Fraser Fellowship

Dean Fraser Fellowship

The Fraser Fellowship was established in 2012 by Dr. Judith A. Bland (A.M., 1970; Ph.D., 1972) as a tribute to Dr. William Dean Fraser for his support and mentorship during her graduate student years in what was then the Microbiology Department. This fellowship was awarded for the first time in 2017.

Thanks to donors like you, the Dean Fraser Fellowship generates an estimated annual income of $1,250 per year. With your support, the department will continue to recognize promising graduate students while paying tribute to a beloved professor. Preference is given to those earning degrees in microbiology.

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2021 Fraser Fellow: Blake D. Petersen

Blake D. Petersen is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Microbiology Graduate Program at Indiana University Bloomington. As a student in Assistant Professor Julia van Kessel’s lab, he is interested in studying cell-cell communication and swimming motility in marine bacteria. His research specifically focuses on exploring how the regulation of flagellar genes varies between bacteria. Blake has found that regulatory pathways differ significantly even between members of the same species. With the funds from the Dean Fraser Fellowship, Blake plans to identify flagellar regulator binding sites across the genome of his model organism, Vibrio campbellii, in the hopes of better understanding its gene regulation.