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May 21, 2013
Chateaubriand Fellows
Chateaubriand Fellows

MISSOULA – Two University of Montana students have earned Chateaubriand Fellowships to carry out collaborative research in a French laboratory in Clermont-Ferrand. Steven McDaniel is a graduate student in UM’s Medicinal Chemistry Program and Jaydene Topenio McDaniel is a student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program.

The Fellowship, offered by the Embassy of France, allows doctorate students from the U.S. to conduct research in France for up to 10 months. Steven and Jaydene, who are married, will receive salaries and health insurance for nine months.

Steven, of Beaverton, Ore., currently designs compounds to treat neuropathic pain, and Jaydene, of Kona, Hawaii, works on compounds to treat brain stroke, which also can treat neuropathic pain.

Philippe Diaz, a research associate professor in UM’s Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, sponsored the students’ Fellowship applications. He previously worked at the lab in Clermont-Ferrand for three weeks as part of a short-term travel award through UM.

The three-week trip allowed Diaz to form a relationship with an international lab working in the research of neuropathic pain, and while the French lab has complementary expertise to conduct research, the great distance makes ongoing collaboration difficult. Through the Fellowship, UM students now can continue their research and collaboration in Clermont-Ferrand.

“The synergy between the research at both institutions played an important role in the Chateaubriand Fellowship applications,” Diaz said.

Steven and Jaydene will leave for France in early September and will be there until May 2014.

For more information call Diaz at 406-243-4362 or email


Photo cutline: Steven McDaniel and Jaydene Topenio McDaniel will leave for a Chateaubriand Fellowship in France in early September.


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Contact: Philippe Diaz, research associate professor, UM Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 406-243-4362,