IBS Fellow, Jacqueline Jones-Triche, represents Tuskegee University at UNCF/Merck event


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (August 16, 2011) - Jacqueline Jones-Triche represented Tuskegee University at Fellows’Day, hosted by the Association of UNCF/MERCK Fellows, July 16-20. Jones-Triche serves as the Southeastern Regional Director for the association, which is a national professional organization of black scientists, including more than 550 talented past and present awardees of the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative Fellowship. jones

The organization was created to provide networking and professional support to UNCF fellows and to develop and sustain a pipeline for future fellows and black biomedical scientists.

Jones-Triche’s role was to work with the executive committee and the board of directors to initiate and sustain membership and activity of UNCF fellows. She also acted as a liaison between existing fellows and the executive committee in establishing and shaping new ideas and/or visions for the organization and execution.

During the 2010-11 academic year, Jones-Triche received the prestigious UNCF/Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship worth more than $52,000. Only 12 such fellowships are awarded annually and Jones-Triche is the first Tuskegee University doctoral student to receive it. The fellowships are intended to support black graduate students as they complete coursework, conduct research, and prepare the dissertation required for the doctoral degree in the biomedicine or physical sciences and engineering.

Jones-Triche is a fifth-year Integrative Biosciences Ph.D. fellow and candidate for the Ph.D. She entered the program in the fall of 2007 and is currently completing her dissertation research on the role of the transcription factor kaiso in prostate cancer metastasis. She is being mentored by Timothy Turner and Clayton Yates. Jones-Triche is a 2007 graduate of Alabama State University and a native of Springfield, Mass.


The IBS Ph.D. Program was launched in 2005 and is supported by the  College of Agricultural, Environmental, and Natural Sciences. The program has also been supported by the George Washington Carver Agricultural Experiment Station, the Center for Biomedical Research, and the Research Centers at Minority Institutions program.

For more information about the Association of UNCF/MERCK Fellows go to www.theaumf.org. For more about the UNCF/MERCK Science Initiative/Fellowship go to www.umsi.uncf.org.