Carly Williams Receives Prestigious Joe Rae Wright Fellowship for Outstanding Women in Science and Paul and Lauren Graffari Graduate Fellowship

The Jo Rae Wright Fellowship for Outstanding Women in Science was created in memory of Joe Rae Wright, who served as dean of The Graduate School from 2006 until 2011. This fellowship recognizes two Ph.D. students—one in the biomedical sciences and one in the natural sciences—whose research shows particular creativity and promise.


The Paul and Lauren Ghaffari Graduate Fellowship Fund offers fellowships for doctoral students who are pursuing studies related to oncology.


Carly is a current fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Pei Zhou's lab. She was born in Maryland and graduated from UMBC in 2017. She came to Duke because of her fascination with structure-function relationships, but quickly learned that she loved the fast-paced DNA repair/cancer field and all of the endless pathway discoveries that come with it.