BLACKSBURG, Va., April 12, 2011 – Amanda Cronin Rumore, PhD candidate in Biological Sciences and GRA studying the mammalian immune response to fungal airborne allergens at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI), has been named Graduate Woman of the Year by Virginia Tech’s Graduate School.

Amanda Cronin Rumore, Virginia Tech Graduate Woman of the Year 2011
Amanda Cronin Rumore, Virginia Tech Graduate Woman of the Year 2011

Rumore, who will receive her PhD in fall of this year, accepted the award on April 2, 2011 at the Inn at Virginia Tech during the Student Recognition Banquet. According to the Graduate School, the Woman of the Year Award “recognizes:

  • Involvement in professional organizations, campus activities and the graduate community
  • Contributions to new knowledge through teaching, research and scholarship
  • Contributions to the graduate community at Virginia Tech (including all campuses and extension programs)
  • Commitment to diversity.”

From organizing over 50 events for graduate students as the Graduate Student Assembly’s Vice President of Programs to working with Leadership Tech, an undergraduate leadership development program, Rumore has proven herself a leader of the campus community. “This award summarizes all of the wonderful opportunities I have been afforded during my time here at Virginia Tech. By taking advantage of programs to enhance my research, teaching, and leadership, I have been well prepared for a future in academia,” Rumore said.

She is also a rising star in her professional community, having completed the Future Professoriate Certificate through the Graduate School and accepted an invitation to participate in a two-week European study abroad experience to compare European and US higher education. Her research under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Lawrence at VBI involves understanding immune response to mold allergens, with special focus on airborne fungi that cause asthma and upper respiratory issues in humans. Her work aims to discover new therapeutic strategies for mold allergies.

The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech is a premier bioinformatics, computational biology, and systems biology research facility that uses transdisciplinary approaches to science combining information technology, biology, and medicine. These approaches are used to interpret and apply vast amounts of biological data generated from basic research to some of today’s key challenges in the biomedical, environmental, and agricultural sciences. With more than 240 highly trained multidisciplinary, international personnel, research at the institute involves collaboration in diverse disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, biology, plant pathology, biochemistry, systems biology, statistics, economics, synthetic biology, and medicine. The large amounts of data generated by this approach are analyzed and interpreted to create new knowledge that is disseminated to the world’s scientific, governmental, and wider communities.

Published by Tiffany Trent, April 20, 2011