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Michael LaCroix-Fralish receives alumni award

Distinguished Young Alumni

Michael LaCroix-Fralish, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y, received the 2011 Distinguished Young Alumni Award last week.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [5/2/2011]

Michael LaCroix-Fralish, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y, received the 2011 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

LaCroix-Fralish, director of in-vivo pharmacology and behavioral phenotyping at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Tarrytown, N.Y., is one of nine alumni who are 2011 award winners. He was honored at an April 29 dinner and ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Distinguished Young Alumni Awards go to graduates 35 years old or younger who have reached professional achievements early in their careers, and have positively impacted their communities.

LaCroix-Fralish graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in biology (toxicology), after earning scholarships from both the chemistry and biology departments. While an undergraduate he helped organize the annual Science Fair and the Rube Goldberg competition.

He attended Dartmouth to pursue a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology, then continued his research with a post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University in Montreal. His research focuses on developing new drugs that are more effective at blocking pain.

He heads vivo pharmacology and behavioral phenotyping research in Regeneron’s Pain Therapeutics Department.

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Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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