By Wendy Sarubbi | April 2, 2010 12:00 am

ORLANDO, April 2, 2010 — Congratulations to Dr. William Self, associate professor of molecular biology and microbiology at the College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, who received a UCF Research Incentive Award (RIA) for 2009-2010.

Dr. Self earned the recognition based on peer review of his research that focuses on the biological role of selenium. Selenoproteins act as antioxidants, which protect cells from oxidative stress. Dr. Self is also investigating the use of nanoparticles to combat oxidative stress by reducing the level of reactive oxygen species in cells.

The RIA award, which honors excellence in research, comes just a year after Dr. Self was recognized with a UCF Teaching Incentive Award (TIP) for excellence in the classroom. “I’m really excited,” he said of the RIA award. “When you get recognition from your colleagues for having done good work, that’s the highest compliment you can get.”

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