Donation Recipients

Sonak Pastakia

Sonak Pastakia

Sonak Pastakia is the recipient of 2017 Mildred Elizabeth Edmundson Research Grant for his proposal titled “A Contextualized Community Based Approach for the Early Identification and Treatment of Breast and Cervical Cancer in Rural Western Kenya”.

Sonak Pastakia serves as an associate professor at Purdue and since 2007 has been spending most of his time each year on site in Kenya. In Kenya, he has implemented a wide variety of programs, including a rural diabetes care program that currently serves over 8,000 patients, a portable care system linked to microfinance groups that provide chronic disease management services, a pharmacy distribution system which provides antiretroviral medications to over 150,000 HIV-infected patients, a large multi-country gestational diabetes study in low- and middle-income country settings and an anticoagulation monitoring program with a focus on rheumatic heart disease. He teaches in diverse faculty positions at North American and Kenyan universities. He also has ongoing research and care efforts focused on diabetes and population health in India. Pastakia is interested in the design and implementation of community health delivery models which combine economic support, agricultural assistance and comprehensive health care into one integrated delivery system. He was selected as Jefferson Science Fellow in 2017.

Graham Cooks

Graham Cooks

Graham Cooks is the recipient of 2017 Mildred Elizabeth Edmundson Research Grant for his proposal titled “ZIKV Diagnostic Approach in Human Semen by MRM-Profiling Mass Spectrometry”.

Graham Cooks is the Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the Aston Laboratory of Mass Spectrometry at Purdue University. His research interest is mass spectrometry, including fundamental phenomena, instrumentation and analytical applications. Several new types of mass spectrometers have been constructed in his laboratory, including hybrid sector/quadrupole instruments and advanced ion trap instruments. His group has made significant contributions to the development of desorption ionization and tandem mass spectrometry as methods of analysis of complex mixtures.

Graham Cooks was awarded the 2014 Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry.