Kayla Bell Citizenship Award

In August 2020, the BUSM Pulmonary Center community experience the shocking and sudden loss of Kayla Bell, a research technician in the Maglione laboratory of the Pulmonary Center. Not only was Kayla a highly talented scientist and aspiring immunologist, she was a consummate team player always looking for ways to help out in the Pulmonary Center. In the spirit of Kayla’s thoughtful and eager generosity, we would like to establish a Kayla Bell Pulmonary Center Citizenship Award. This award will be an occasion to celebrate and commemorate the time that Kayla shared with us, bestowed annually to a member of the Pulmonary Center who most embodies Kayla’s kind and helpful manner.  

Congratulations to our Past Winners!!!

2023: Mary Lou Beermann, CReM Lab Manager

“…she goes above and beyond in helping everyone in the CReM.” “She is also always willing to help anyone with their experiments and always has helpful advice – both science and life advice!” “Mary Lou routinely goes above and beyond to help anyone who asks for it…” “…she goes out of her way to identify lab members that are struggling either in science or in life, to improve their quality of life.” “Mary Lou goes above and beyond to help trainees…” “…a key player in supporting the mental health of those around her.” “An invaluable member to the center and lab.”

2022: Neelou Etesami, MD/PhD student

“…Neelou embodies all of the traits that we miss so much about Kayla…” “…Brings her community together both academically and socially…” “… Always willing to lend a hand and is incredibly helpful…” “… An exceptional scientist, and her work on the role of B cells in heterotypic immunity is an extension of Kayla’s research in the Maglione Lab…” “… Works to foster a more collegial and equitable environment…” “… Brings a wonderful sense of joy and an atmosphere of fun that is, no pun intended, infectious…” “… Always ensures that new pulmonary center personnel are made to feel welcome and invited to social gatherings…” “… Neelou exemplifies what it means to be a great lab citizen!”


To support the Kayla Bell Pulmonary Center Citizenship Award:

  1. Online: Please go to BUSM Development Giving Page to donate, select the Other Fund and indicate in the comments/notes section you’d like to support “Kayla Bell Pulmonary Center Citizenship Award
  2. By check: Make payable to Trustees of Boston University, and in the memo on your check (or an accompanying note) list “Kayla Bell Pulmonary Center Citizenship Award” or in memory of Kayla Bell to ensure your donation is deposited to the correct fund.  You can mail the check to the address below:
Boston University Gifts & Records 595 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 700, West Entrance Boston, MA 02215 For any questions about donations, please contact busmdev@bu.edu.