The Abdul Waheed Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship for Ph.D. students within the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences at Saint Louis University. The Scholarship is available to one Ph.D. graduate student and one M.D./Ph.D. student per year who plan to join the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program.
Candidates with outstanding scholastic achievement and potential success in graduate education, along with significant laboratory research experience are encouraged to apply.
The Scholarship is named in honor of Abdul Waheed, Ph.D., Emeritus Research Professor of Biochemistry. Waheed, as he is known by all in the department, joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as an Assistant Research Professor in 1990 in the lab of Dr. William Sly. He became a Research Professor in 2001 and Emeritus Research Professor in 2017.
Waheed’s expertise in protein chemistry, receptor biology, and fluorescent microscopy served him well. His work focused on the protein defective in hereditary hemochromatosis, the functions, expression, and localization of many of the human carbonic anhydrases, and enzyme deficiency in lysosomal storage disorders.
Waheed supported the students and researchers in the department in many ways, and could be counted on to ask questions and further scientific discussions at journal clubs, seminars, retreats, and lab meetings. His presence in the department has continued even after his official retirement in 2017. Recently, Waheed gave $1 million in support of the future William S. Sly Centennial Chair. We are grateful for his support.