Maria Virgilio ’09 has been recognized by the American Society of Hematology, the world’s largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatment of blood disorders, with the society’s Merit Award. Virgilio received the honor after presenting her abstract at the 52nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and earning the highest scoring abstract in her respective category.
She was highest scoring among the undergraduate student presenters for her abstract, “Treatment of Zebrafish Models of Ribosomopathies (Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA) and 5q- Syndrome) With L-Leucine Results in an Improvement of Anemia and Developmental Defects: Evidence for a Common Pathway?”
Virgilio graduated from William Smith with a B.S. in biology, cum laude with a minor in environmental studies. While a student, she was a member of the Herons cross country team and studied abroad in Copenhagen.
According to the American Society of Hematology, its mission is to “further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic, and vascular systems, by promoting research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology.”
In addition to winning an honorarium, she also received travel reimbursement for the annual meeting.