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Johns Hopkins Senior Named Rhodes Scholar

Nov. 24, 2014
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Peter Kalugin

Johns Hopkins University senior Peter Kalugin has been named a Rhodes Scholar, one of the top awards available to American college students.

Kalugin, who is majoring in molecular and cellular biology and mathematics with a minor in physics, is one of just 32 students to win a Rhodes scholarship this year. The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.

At Oxford, Kalugin, who is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, plans to pursue a master’s degree in oncology, a two-year degree that will allow him to take courses while conducting research.

“The news is still sinking in, but I’m very excited about the opportunity,” Kalugin said. “I’ve spent a year at Oxford previously and it was one of the best experiences that I have ever had, so going back is a real privilege.”

Kalugin said he is especially interested in becoming involved with the newly built Cancer Research UK Medical Center in Oxford.

“I’ll also be able to interact with leaders in cancer policy and communication, and build expertise and connections in the realm of cancer treatment delivery,” Kalugin said. “I hope that my experience at Oxford will allow me pursue a career that combines cutting edge research with a strong involvement in cancer care delivery worldwide.”

At Johns Hopkins, Kalugin has worked since 2012 in the lab of Takanari Inoue, an associate professor of cell biology in the School of Medicine. Most recently Kalugin has been working on a project to illuminate the mechanism of how cancer cells become resistant to a certain anti-cancer drug. Inoue called his student “absolutely stellar with superb intelligence, innovativeness and enthusiasm.”

“He is destined to become a leader in medical science,” Inoue said.

Kalugin, who is also a Goldwater Scholar, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. He plays the saxophone, speaks five languages, has taught English to immigrant students and has volunteered at orphanages in Mongolia and Nepal.

After studying at Oxford, he plans to go to medical school and pursue a doctorate.



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