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July 13, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- A Lewisville student is conducting research at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas this summer through the Biomedical Researchers in Training Experience (BRITE) program sponsored by UT Southwestern and Southern Methodist University.

Anand Sitaram, son of Ram and Jayashree Sitaram of Lewisville, is working in the lab of cell biology professor John Abrams. He is looking at a protein in fruit flies that is one of the first to start the process of cell death, known as apoptosis.

Sitaram is a President's Scholar at SMU, majoring in biochemistry and math. He hopes to pursue a career in biomedical research.

The BRITE program was established in 1997 to give high-quality students exposure to the foundations of biomedical research and develop their commitment to careers in the field. Under the BRITE program, graduating high school seniors who meet established academic criteria are admitted jointly into the undergraduate program in SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and, contingent on meeting performance standards during their undergraduate program, into the Ph.D. program at UT Southwestern's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. While at SMU, the students are provided with summer research opportunities at UT Southwestern as well as at SMU.

Six students at SMU are currently participating in the BRITE program. For more information on the program, call 214-768-3533.