Jarrett Smith and Shiv Gandhi Awarded the Michael DiMaio, M.D., Research Prize

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics recently established the Michael DiMaio, M.D., Research Prize for graduate student research, a new annual award recognizing outstanding achievements of students in the department.


The Michael DiMaio, M.D. Research Prize Presentations and Talks Special Colloquium was held on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Awardees Jarrett Smith and Shiv Gandhi both gave a talk on their research. Jarrett Smith, “How to take apart a P granule” and Shiv Gandhi, “Structure-guided targeting of rhomboid intramembrane proteolysis selectively in P. falciparum blocks invasion and cures blood-stage cultures of malaria.” 


This award was created with support from the DiMaio family and honors Michael DiMaio, M.D., who received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1939. Dr. DiMaio had a long, illustrious career as an internist in private practice and at the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. He also spent nearly 25 years as head of the medical review board that licenses physicians in the state of Rhode Island. 


Dr. DiMaio was a proud alumnus and loyal supporter of Johns Hopkins, as is his son, Dan DiMaio, who also received his M.D. from the School of Medicine and his Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology, the precursor to Molecular Biology and Genetics, in 1981. The younger Dr. DiMaio is now the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Genetics and Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and of Therapeutic Radiology at the Yale School of Medicine, and Deputy Director of the Yale Cancer Center. We are deeply grateful to the DiMaio family for their generosity and leadership.