Atlanta–Lewins Walter, a graduate student in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University has received a two years Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research Career Development Award from NIH to examine a proof of principle for a novel natural, nontoxic delivery system, which targets the inflamed intestinal mucosa, blocks damaging factors while promoting pro-healing factors and could easily be developed for large-scale production aimed at the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). “This prestigious award support will provide him with an excellent foundation to facilitate his career development and make Lewins a very competitive applicant for post-doctoral applications” said his mentor Dr. Merlin, Professor at the Institute for Biomedical Sciences. “My long-term research goal is to develop/improve therapeutic targets of chronic diarrheal diseases to revolutionize inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treatments to enable more people, suffering from IBD, to remain a productive member of society. It is my goal to become an independent investigator in IBD and to formulate my own research projects and hypotheses and to obtain my own funding based on my research ideas. With the outstanding training opportunities and scientific environment at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, this Award will be an excellent way to initiate my long-term goal of directing my own research laboratory” said Lewins Walter.