Katie Leonard and Andrew Whitlatch, Ph.D. students, received first and second place awards for their talks at the 2009 Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program Retreat.
Dr. Yong-jie Xu's cancer research project, "Phosphorylation network of the DNA replication checkpoint in fission yeast," has been funded by the Ohio Cancer Research Associates.
Dr. Michael Leffak received two NIH R01 awards over the past several months: "Analysis of the human c-myc gene replication origin" (four-year award) and "The role of the DNA unwinding element binding protein, DUE-B, in DNA replication" (two years).
Dr. Lubna Abu-Niaaj has joined the Leffak laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Abu-Niaaj comes from Indiana State University, where she worked on the cloning and expression analysis of the Suppressors of Cytokine Signaling, Socs1 and Socs3. Her postdoctoral work will focus on the role of the DNA unwinding element binding protein, DUE-B, in the initiation of DNA replication and checkpoint signaling.
Karen Simpson was selected for a full scholarship to attend the Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School in New Mexico held from June 7-July 4.
Katherine Kapo, who will graduate in Spring 2009 as the fifth graduate of the ES Ph.D. program, is being honored as our program's recipient of the Graduate Excellence award for 2009 from the School of Graduate Studies. She tackled a unique and exciting topic in the risk assessment of watersheds and aquatic ecosystems which provided statistically based rankings of stressors that impaired aquatic life. She has published two papers in excellent international journals and a technical report for...
Dr. Dan Organisciak, director of the Petticrew Research Laboratory, has been named a Gold Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). The honor was bestowed on him and about 25 other vision scientists at the ARVO meeting held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 3-7, 2009.
Drs. Arijit Guin and Ramya Ramanathan received their Ph.D. degrees after successful defenses of their dissertations. Congratulations to the program's latest Ph.D. recipients!
Shawn Devlin, a fourth year ES Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Dr. Yvonne Vadeboncoeur, was recently honored with a Biology Award for Research Excellence (BARE) of $800 from the Department of Biological Sciences at Wright State. These awards are funded through a number of departmental fund raisers, including the annual Department of Biological Sciences Golf Scramble. Shawn’s award-winning research involves the use compound specific stable isotope analysis (CSIA) of Phospholipid Fatty...
Yvonne Vadeboncoeur (Biological Sciences) and Pete McIntyre (University of Michigan) have received news that their proposal entitled “Consumer control of high-productivity low-nutrient ecosystems: Enhancement of primary productivity by grazing fish in Lake Tanganyika” will be funded by NSF for $850,000. Lake Tanganyika is the second largest lake in the world, and its nearshore, or littoral, waters are home to hundreds of fish and invertebrate species found nowhere else in the world. Fish...