May 13, 2010
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Published By Tashi

A Tibetan Student From California Awarded Keasbey Scholarship For Oxford Study[Thursday, 13 May 2010, 9:09 a.m.]

Tenzing Tashi

New York: Tenzing
Tashi, biochemistry major at Bowdoin College in Maine, is one of only
two students in the U.S. selected to receive a Keasbey Scholarship to
study at Oxford University. In fact, Tenzing is also awarded
the Fulbright Research Grant Fellowship to do research in France. But,
he declined it to accept the Keasbey scholarship.Tenzing’s
parents, Wangchuk and Sonam Chozom, live in Vacaville, California.  His
younger brother, Tsering Tashi, who attended last year’s TCV Summer
Camp, studies at the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Tenzing
is planning to pursue a Master of Science degree in pathology,
researching the molecular biology and biochemistry of parasites.While
speaking to the Bowdoin College Campus Newspaper, Tenzing said, “I will
be working on a parasite called Trypanosoma brucei, which causes the
African sleeping sickness and claims up to half a million lives
annually”.   He added that:  “No safe and effective drugs
exist for the treatment of this neglected disease; treatments currently
involve an arsenic and anti-freeze compound, which needs to be injected
daily and literally burns through your veins. The development of an
effective drug therapy for trypanosomiasis will depend on a broader
understanding of T. brucei at a molecular and cellular level. In simple
terms, I will try to understand how a family of cytoskeleton-associated
proteins called Cap5.5 function. This is important because if one were
to knockdown a form of this protein, it becomes rapidly lethal.
Therefore, Cap5.5 is an excellent target for an anti-trypanosome drug
development.”After completing his two years’ study at Oxford,
Tenzing plans to return to the United States and enroll himself in
M.D./Ph.D. program with a focus on infectious diseases.Tenzing’s long time goal is to become a physician-scientist.About the Keasbey ScholarshipMarguerite
Keasbey established the Griffith Keasbey and Anna Griffith Keasbey
Memorial Foundation in 1953 to honor her parents. The Foundation awards
the scholarships to support two years of study at selected British
universities in the interest of promoting Anglo-American relations and
providing Americans with an opportunity to experience the British
educational system.Keasbey Scholars are selected based on
academic excellence, active participation in extracurricular
activities, leadership abilities and personal promise.Keasbey
Scholarships are available on a rotating basis to students from only 12
of the top colleges and universities in the United States: Amherst,
Bowdoin, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Haverford, Middlebury,
Princeton, Swarthmore, Wesleyan and Yale. The award supports two years
of study at one of four British Universities: Oxford, Cambridge,
University of Edinburgh, or University College of Wales at Aberystwyth.–Report filed by Tsewang Phuntsok, Office of Tibet, New York

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