Institute for Successful Longevity awards the Esther & Del Grosser Scholarship to doctoral student Ahmed Ismaeel

2020 ISL Scholarship Winner Ahmed Ismaeel
April 24, 2020

Ahmed Ismaeel, a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences, has been awarded the Institute for Successful Longevity’s Esther & Del Grosser Scholarship.

The scholarship provides $750 in support of student research.

Ismaeel’s major professor, Panagiotis Koutakis, assistant professor of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences and director of the Clinical Skeletal Muscle Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory, describes Ismaeel as an enthusiastic student and researcher.

“Ever since I began working with him, I have been impressed by his motivation and independence,” Koutakis wrote in his nomination letter. “Ahmed is one of the most focused students I have had the pleasure of working with. The quality of his work is always beyond my expectations, and he always does more than just what is asked of him. He is reliable, dependable, and he works extremely hard on anything he does.”

Ismaeel said his graduate work “is driven by my desire to apply foundational clinical knowledge to enhance the translational potential of my skeletal muscle physiology research endeavors.”

Neil Charness, director of the Institute for Successful Longevity, said Ismaeel was one of a number of outstanding graduate students who sought the scholarship. “We had a strong pool of contenders,” Charness said, “and that speaks to the high quality of graduate research in successful longevity taking place at Florida State University.”