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Headline: Making her mark

It hasn't taken Sapna Deo long to make her mark on the IUPUI campus or the Purdue School of Science — or on the world of chemistry and research expertise, for that matter.

The assistant chemistry professor was one of the roughly 30 most recent recipients of the National Science Foundation's "Early Career Award," honoring excellence in the laboratory and the classroom.

Deo, a native of Mumbai, India, is one of the rapidly growing number of international faculty, staff and students giving the IUPUI campus a more cosmopolitan feel. She has been featured on the cover of the prestigious journal Analytical Chemistry and is a published author in her field.

Her research team's work is already opening new avenues of inquiry in dealing with disease and combating the threat of biowarfare, since her work focuses on identifying the RNA markers that exist in those divergent fields.