Carla Finkielstein, professor of biological science in the College of Science and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, has been named the Roger H. Moore and Mojdeh Khatam-Moore Dean’s Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Established in 2019, the Roger H. Moore and Mojdeh Khatam-Moore Dean's Faculty Fellowship recognizes extraordinary research and teaching, to recruit scholars with exceptional records of achievement, and/or retain high-performing faculty members who make significant contributions to the university’s research efforts in the College of Science. Roger Moore earned his bachelor’s degree in general science from Virginia Tech. 

Recipients hold the title of Roger H. Moore and Mojdeh Khatam-Moore Dean's Faculty Fellow for a period of three years.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2005, Finkielstein currently serves as the associate director of research of the Academy of Integrated Science in the College of Science and as interim co-director of the Virginia Tech Cancer Research Alliance. She is also the director of the Integrated Cellular Responses Laboratory, where her group studies how environmental factors influence cancer initiation and progression. She has been instrumental in establishing the new major in nanomedicine at Virginia Tech.

She has published 69 articles in leading research journals, 10 book chapters, and has given more than 70 invited or keynote presentations around the globe. Her research is covered regularly by various news outlets.

Finkielstein has received numerous awards and recognitions over her lengthy career. She is a member of several professional associations, is a reviewer for many scientific journals within her field, is a panelist for federal and international funding agencies, has filled and commercialized patents, and is an outspoken advocate for breast cancer awareness and women in science.

From 2009-14, Finkielstein was the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. Her funding record includes grants from NSF, the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the American Heart Association, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, among others 

In 2021, Finkielstein received the Ut Prosim Scholar Award – the university’s top honor for faculty - for her work to improve COVID-19 testing efficiency and effectiveness in support of both Virginia Tech and local health districts and for her service to humanity. 

Finkielstein is committed to mentoring undergraduate and graduate research, having hosted 15 graduate students and more than 100 undergraduate students in her research lab during her years at Virginia Tech.

Finkielstein earned her bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from the School of Natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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