September 1, 2020
The Dr. Julie Christianson named recipient of Wohlgemuth Faculty Scholar Award
The award provides a salary supplement for a faculty member of distinction who has clearly distinguished themselves during the early years of their careers on the KUMC faculty. The effect of the award would be to reward, encourage and retain faculty as they progress toward a distinguished career and the salaries and rewards that come to distinguished senior members of the faculty.
May 28, 2020
LAWRENCE - Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved promotion and the award of tenure where indicated to 97 individuals on the University of Kansas Medical Center and 62 individuals on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses.
Girod and Barbara Bichelmeyer, the provost and executive vice chancellor, who chairs the University Committee on Promotion and Tenure on the Lawrence campus, and Dr. Robert Simari, executive vice chancellor at the KU Medical Center, issued a joint statement on the accomplishment of these faculty members.
"Congratulations to the exceptional faculty and researchers who've reached the next milestone in their careers. As a major research institution, KU's dedicated scholars and educators address the challenges of our changing world and drive this university forward. Our faculty conduct comprehensive research, deliver outstanding educational experiences and take part in professional, clinical and service activities required of their fields. Their enthusiasm and involvement further our mission of educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. The commitment they share to ensure students succeed is inspiring.
"The University Committees on Promotion and Tenure on both campuses did an excellent job evaluating the many eligible candidates. We hope the entire university will join us in recognizing these educators who devote their talents and energy to uphold the institution's ideals through research, teaching and service."
Except where indicated, promotion and tenure are effective at the start of the fall semester.
To research professor (research track, nontenure track)
Katherine Roby, anatomy and cell biology, Kansas City
To associate professor with tenure
Prachee Avasthi, anatomy and cell biology, Kansas City
September 13, 2019
Department Researchers Received Funding for their Projects
Source: Research Institute Newsletter - September 2019
The following Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology investigators have received external funding. This list includes funding awards for new projects that have been received in FY19 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019):
- Julie Anna Carlsten Christianson, Biogen Inc , Evaluation of BIIB061 in a Rodent Model of Type 2 Diabetic Neuropathy
- Prachee Avasthi Crofts, National Institutes of Health, Cytoskeletal and Signaling Mechanisms Regulating Ciliary Traffic.
- Janna Leigh Harris, Department of Defense, Does TBI Affect mtDNA Heteroplasmy?
- Hiroshi Nishimune, University of Missouri Kansas City, HUMAN MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS AMELIORATE SYMPTOMS OF ALS MODEL MICE
- Reena Rao, National Institutes of Health, CTGF Induced Tubulointerstitial Crosstalk Regulates Fibrosis in PKD
- Irfan Saadi, University of Missouri Kansas City, Novel Neuromuscular Defects in a Mouse Model of SPECC1L Deficiency
- Irfan Saadi , Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, Neuronal Deficits In A Novel Mouse Model Of Autism And Autosomal Dominant SPECC1L Mutation Syndrome
- Sufi Mary Thomas, National Institutes of Health, Role of Autophagy in the Tumor Microenvironment
- Pamela Vivian Tran , Zafgen, Inc. , Evaluation of METAP21 for Efficacy on the Obesity and Metabolic Abnormalities in THM1 Conditional Knock-Out Mice
- Douglas E Wright , BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting, Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership (SHARP) for the Central Region IDeA States
- Douglas E Wright, National Institutes of Health, Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE)
September 11, 2019
Douglas Wright, Ph.D., program director and professor of anatomy and cell biology, and the University of Kansas Medical Center received a five-year, $18.9 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health to provide ongoing funding to a program aimed at improving and expanding cell and developmental biology research in Kansas.
September 4, 2019
Prachee Avasthi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, has been named to the Early Career Advisory Board of the Journal of Cell Biology. In 2019, Journal of Cell Biology created an Early Career Advisory Board as part of the ongoing efforts to ensure that the journal is representative and responsive to the needs of the entire cell biology community. The Early Career Advisory Board members have the opportunity to participate in the editorial decision-making process and provide their input on journal policies and future projects.
June 30, 2019
Susan Abmayr, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, died Thursday, July 18, 2019. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made to local charities, specifically the Uplift Organization, 1516 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City MO 64127, www.uplift.org.
Yomna Badawi, PhD postdoctoral fellow in the Anatomy and Cell Biology department was recognized for her stellar performances at the Residents, Postdocs and Fellows Research Forum with the 1st Place Poster Presentations.
April 20, 2019
Joan S. Hunt, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, died April 20.
April 11, 2019
The 2019 Frontiers Team Science Award was presented to Douglas Wright, Ph.D.(Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology), Patricia Kluding, P.T., Ph.D., and Mamatha Pasnoor, M.D., at Frontiers Research Day on Thursday, March 28, 2019, for their project titled "Team Science Approaches to Translational Research in Diabetic Neuropathy.
December 6, 2018
Research from the laboratory of Julie Christianson, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Anatomy and Cell Biology, was featured in a news story on KCUR's Morning Edition. Her work on the influence of early life stress on chronic pelvic pain syndromes has shed light on the link between trauma and chronic pain. Listen to the recorded broadcast or view the transcript, "KU Doctors Look To Childhood Trauma For Roots Of Puzzling Chronic Pain."
December 3, 2018
Each month, The Scientist magazine features an up and coming scientist of note in their "Scientist to Watch" series. This December, in their print and web edition, the magazine featured Prachee Avasthi, PhD. This article highlights her career path, her passion for her research, and her leadership to advocate on behalf of the early career scientific community. View the article online, "Prachee Avasthi Explores How Cells Build and Maintain Cilia".
October 15, 2018
Doug Wright, Ph.D., professor of anatomy and cell biology, is the new vice chair of research in the Department of Anesthesiology. Wright brings to the department leadership in establishing nationally recognized programs of excellence in research, a strong history of external funding, and a track record of mentoring junior scientists and clinicians.
October 12, 2018
The annual Faculty Research Day provides researchers with an opportunity to share their work with their colleagues. During the event, Julie Christianson, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell biology, was awarded the Thomas L. Noffsinger Investigator Awards for the excellence in research and contributions to research administration. The award is named for the former executive director of KUMC's Research Institute who served from 1992 to 2005.
May 10, 2018
Hooding Ceremony for Anatomy and Neuroscience
The University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Neuroscience Program has hosted a Spring Hooding Ceremony to honor Michael Cooper, Andrea Freemyer, Cassandra Johnson, and Jacob New for their Ph.D. degree on Thursday, May 10th 2018.
May 04, 2018
Drs. Saadi and Tran help high school students learn about careers in health care
Irfan Saadi, Ph.D and Pamela Tran, PhD Associate Professors of Anatomy and Cell Biology, taught high school students from Wyandotte County in the Hemenway Building about genetics and histology, respectively, for Teachers and Students for Community-Oriented Research and Education (T-SCORE) program. The University of Kansas Medical Center has joined forces with The University of Kansas Health System and the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools (USD 500) in launching a program designed to help students who are traditionally under-represented in health care fields learn about careers beyond the traditional medical roles of physicians and nurses.
News Source: KU Medical Center News
April 23, 2018
Department Researchers Received Funding for their Projects
The following Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology investigators have received external funding. This list includes funding awards for new projects that have been received in FY18 (1/1/2018-3/31/2018).
Douglas E Wright from Kansas Board of Regents for the proposal "Kansas Board of Regents matching funds for K-INBRE".
News Source: Research Institute Newsletter - Spring 2018
February 19, 2017
Robert Klein tapped for prestigious Icon of Education honor by Ingram's magazine
Robert Klein, Ph.D., vice chancellor for academic affairs and Chancellors Club Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, has been selected as a 2018 Icon of Education by the editors of Ingram's magazine. Klein joins Barbara F. Atkinson, M.D., former executive vice chancellor, as the only other honoree from KU Medical Center in the 10-year history of the awards. Read more.
January 16, 2018
Dr. Avasthi named to the Board of Directors of eLife
Prachee Avasthi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, has been named to the Board of Directors of eLife, which is among the most prestigious digital publication formats in the world, and is supported by the Howard Hughes, Max Planck, and other prominent foundations. This is a wonderful news for Dr. Avasthi, the Department, and KUMC. Learn more.
November 21st, 2017
Dr. Enders Receives Special Appreciation from Students
In appreciation of Dr. George C. Enders, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, dedication to his students, the class of 2020 created this poster and special ordered these leather loafers in KU colors with his initials on them. Dr. Enders was extremely grateful for their accolades and gifts.
September 22nd, 2017
Department Researchers Received Funding for their Projects
The following Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology investigators have received external funding. This list includes funding awards for new projects that have been received in FY17 (12/1/2016 - 6/30/2017).
Jason R Stubbs from National Institutes of Health for the proposal "Randomized, Controlled Pilot Study of Rifaximin Therapy in Chronic Kidney Disease"
August 17th, 2017
Dr. Julie Christianson will be awarded the STEMMY AWARDS "Rising Trendsetter"
Dr. Julie Christianson, Associate Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology, will be awarded the STEMMY AWARDS "Rising Trendsetter" for significant achievements early in a STEMM career at the 4th Annual STEMMy Awards Luncheon on September 21, 2017.
The 4th Annual STEMMy Awards will be hosted by Central Exchange WiSTEMM (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine ) a group founded to be the leader in connecting, inspiring, and supporting the professional development of women in STEMM careers. Central Exchange (CX) was founded in 1980 and has a membership of 900+ women and men from the Kansas City region includes managers and executives, business owners, non-profit and civic leaders and community volunteers.
July 13, 2017
Dr. Prachee Avasthi selected as the new member of the eLife Early Career Advisory Group
Dr. Prachee Avasthi, Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology, has been selected as the new member of the eLife Early Career Advisory Group on July 13, 2017. Dr. Avasthi was elected as one of five new recruits to start a two-year term to catalyse broad reform in journals publishing and research communication.
eLife was founded in 2011 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust, who provide financial support and strategic guidance. eLife is a non-profit organisation inspired by research funders and led by scientists. Their mission is to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science. (from eLife's website)
June 12. 2017
Dr. Paul Trainor selected as the new Editor-in-Chief of Developmental Dynamics
Dr. Paul Trainor, Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology and Investigator, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, has been selected as the new Editor-in-Chief of Developmental Dynamics as of January 1, 2018. The Developmental Dynamics is a premier journal of the American Association of Anatomists (AAA). AAA serves as the professional home for an international community of biomedical researchers and educators focusing on the structural foundation of health and disease.
AAA is an organizational member of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), a coalition of 30 independent societies that play an active role in advocating for the interests of biomedical and life scientists to Congress and other scientific bodies. Learn more here.
May 15, 2017
Webinar: Chronic Pelvic Pain by Julie Christianson, Assistant Professor of Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Pain Research Forum will host a webinar with Julie Christianson, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, US, on Tuesday, June 6, from 12-1:30 p.m. EDT/5-6:30 PM GMT/6-7:30 PM CET.
An abstract of Christianson's talk: Chronic pain is the most troublesome symptom associated with functional disorders affecting the pelvic organs, including irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome, chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, vulvodynia, and endometriosis. Unlike in inflammatory or neuropathic pain conditions, pathological findings in affected tissues are inconsistent with reported pain levels.
Patients with chronic pelvic pain also commonly report overlapping pain conditions, including fibromyalgia and migraine, affecting distant parts of the body, as well as psychosocial disorders. This webinar will discuss mechanisms underlying chronic pelvic pain, including recent findings from clinical investigations and translational models developed to mimic human conditions. Learn more.
May 3-5, 2017
Residents, Postdocs and Fellows Research Forum
The Postdocs in the Anatomy and Cell Biology department were rewarded for their stellar performances at the Residents, Postdocs and Fellows Research Forum. Please extend your congratulations to Dr. Yomna Badawi, as well as to all of our students who participated.
- 1st Place Poster Presentations
- University of Kansas Medical Center Women in Medicine and Science Award
- Postdoctoral fellow Yomna Badawi, PhD, Anatomy and Cell Biology
April 21, 2017
Dr. Prachee Avasthi's interview by ASCB
Department faculty Dr. Prachee Avasthi, assistant professor is featured in an interview about "How Cell Biologists Work" by the international forum for cell biology (ASCB). ASCB is an inclusive, international community of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life. ASCB is dedicated to advancing scientific discovery, advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, and increasing diversity in the scientific workforce. Learn more
April 10th, 2017
Student Research Forum
The students in the Anatomy and Cell Biology department were rewarded for their stellar performances at the Student Research Forum. Please extend your congratulations to them, as well as to all of our students who participated.
First Place Session Winners:
- Olivia Eller-Smith - Christianson
Second Place Session Winners:
- Michael Cooper - Wright
- Cassi Johnson - Stubbs
Paul B. Freeburg Award:
- Olivia Eller-Smith
Best Poster Presentation:
- Jacob New - Thomas
January 10, 2017
Department Researchers Received Funding for their Projects
The following Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology investigators have received external funding. This list includes funding awards for new projects that have been received in FY17 (7/1/2016 - 11/30/2016).
- Andras Czirok from Am Heart Assn Natl for the proposal "The Interplay between Cardiomyocyte Differentiation, ECM Organization and Cardiac Tissue Morphogenesis during Embryonic Development"
- Brenda Jean Rongish from Am Heart Assn Heartland for the proposal "Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor regulation of early cardiovascular structure and function"
- Hiroshi Nishimune from Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute for the proposal "Effect of Oxaloacetate for the Lifespan of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Model Mice"
- Irfan Saadi from National Institutes of Health for the proposal "Role of SPECC1L Cytoskeletal Protein in Craniofacial Development and Malformation"
- Katherine F Roby from National Institutes of Health for the proposal "Gilbert S. Greenwald Symposium on Reproduction and Regenerative Medicine"
- Reena Rao from Am Heart Assn Natl for the proposal "GSK3 - A Potential Drug Target to Prevent Renal Fibrosis Following Acute Kidney Injury"
- Sufi Mary Thomas from American Head and Neck Society for the proposal "Role of Tumor-associated Fibroblasts in Head and Neck Cancer Metabolism"
News Source: Research Institute Newsletter - December 2016
October 13th 2016
Department Researchers Received Funding for their Projects
The following Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology investigators have received external funding.
- Irfan Saadi from University of Delaware for the proposal "A Web-based Craniofacial Disease Gene Discovery Tool SysCLFT."
- Douglas Wright from National Institutes of Health for the proposal "Painful Versus Insensate Diabetic Neuropathy."
- Hiroshi Nishimune and John Stanford (Multiple PI's) from National Institutes of Health for the proposal "Exercise-activated Mechanisms Reduce Degeneration of Aged Neuromuscular Junctions."
- Douglas Wright from KU Endowment Association for the proposal "Exercise, Double Diabetes and Type 1 Diabetes Complications."
- Douglas E Wright from National Institutes of Health for the proposal "National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE).
News Source: Research Institute Newsletter - September 2016
August 5th 2016
Department Faculties Receive the Mentoring Awards
Dr. Bob Klein will receive the Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award (aka as "The Jayhawk Award"), and Dr. Doug Wright will receive the Excellence in Mentoring Award! The awards will be conferred at the Annual Faculty Retreat on Friday, August 12th 2016. Congratulations to Bob and Doug for these richly deserved honors!
May 4th 2016
Robert Krumlauf elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences
Robert Krumlauf, Ph.D., Stowers Institute for Medical Research Scientific Director and Investigator, Professor of Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his distinguished and continuing achievements in original scientific research. Membership in the NAS is considered one of the highest honors given to a scientist in the United States.
Krumlauf will be inducted into the NAS next April during its 154th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. (From the Stowers Institute for Medical Research website.)
May 3rd, 2016
Radiant Zinc Fireworks reveal quality of human Egg, which may help select best eggs for IVF
Dr. Francesca Duncan, Assistant Professor of Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, made the human zinc spark discovery. “We now know that the release of zinc at the time of fertilization is a conserved phenomenon, which will help us address one of the largest unanswered questions in reproductive medicine -- what makes a good egg?” Duncan said”.
April 5th, 2016
Student Research Forum
The students in the Anatomy and Cell Biology department were rewarded for their stellar performances at last Thursday night's Student Research Forum awards banquet. A recap of our departmental winners is below. Please extend your congratulations to them, as well as to all of our students who participated.
First place session winners:
• Isabella Fuentes - Christianson
• Michael Cooper - Wright
• Bailey Allard - Tran
Second place session winners:
• Olivia Eller - Christianson
• Everett Hall - Saadi
• Luciane Silva - Tran
Third place oral presentation overall:
• Isabella Fuentes
AM session winner:
• 2nd place Zainab Afzal - Krumlauf
PM session winner:
• 1st place Jake New - Thomas
Overall poster presentation winners:
• First place - Jake New
• Third place - Zainab Afzal
Paul B. Freeburg award
• Isabella Fuentes
WIMS poster award (to a female student or male student with a female mentor):
• Jake New
March 19, 2016
Department faculty were recognized by the medical students with student Voice Awards at 2016 Grande Affair!
- Dianne Durham: Second Year Outstanding Lecturer
- George Enders: First Year Outstanding Lecturer; Second Year Outstanding Lecturer
- Mike Werle: First Year Outstanding Lecturer
- Xiaoming Zhang: First Year Outstanding Lecturer; Second Year Above and Beyond Award
February 26, 2016
Department researchers received funding for their projects
The following Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology investigators have received external funding. This list includes funding awards for new projects and competing renewals that were received as July, 2015 through January 2016.The following
- Irfan Saadi, from National Institutes of Health / University of Delaware for the proposal "A Web-based Craniofacial Disease Gene Discovery Tool SysCLFT."
- Douglas Wright, from National Institutes of Health for the proposal "Painful Versus Insensate Diabetic Neuropathy."
- Hiroshi Nishimune from National Institutes of Health for the proposal "Exercise-activated Mechanisms Reduce Degeneration of Aged Neuromuscular Junctions."
News source: Research Institute Newsletter -- February 2016
January 14, 2016
News from the Annual Report by KU Medical Center Research Institute and the Department Chair
The Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology has had a highly successful year marked by several group and individual accomplishments. Despite the dismal funding levels at the NIH, our department has maintained much of its funding. The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology received the highest NIH funding among the Basic Science Departments in University of Kansas Medical Center in fiscal years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. (From the Annual Report by KU medical Center Research Institute)
Nationally, we rank 17th out of 137 medical schools in NIH funding, and 7th out of 83 public medical schools. We've maintained this approximate ranking for about the last 10 years or more. These numbers do not reflect the new, 5 year R01 grant awarded to Pam Tran last spring, the new 5 year R01 awarded to Hiroshi Nishimune this summer, the competitive renewal of a 5 year R01 to Doug Wright this summer, or a new R03 awarded to Irfan Saadi also this summer. Bill Kinsey received a 7th percentile score on the competitive renewal of his long-standing R01.
September 29, 2015
Olivia Eller, graduate research assistant in anatomy, is the 2015 recipient of the KUMC Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship. The fellowships were created to help recruit and support doctoral students at KU, a key goal of KU's Bold Aspirations strategic plan.
Hailing from Topeka, KS, Olivia began her pursuit by receiving her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Kansas State University. When deciding where to take the next step and further her education, she chose KUMC because of the translational biomedical research taking place here. "My goal for my research is to make a difference in people's lives and I think the doctoral training opportunities that KUMC offers will be the best way to make this happen" she said. "I am very excited to receive the a Chancellor's Fellowship because it will assist me in reaching my goal." In Dr. Julie Christianson's laboratory in Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Olivia's research will investigate if there is behavioral and molecular evidence indicative of comorbidity of urogenital sensitivity and migraine in a mouse model of early life stress. Additionally, she will be examining the effects of exercise on chronic pain sensitivity as exercise appears to have a positive impact on neuro-development and could therefore serve as a potential therapeutic for treatment of pain disorders.
June 30, 2015
Department researchers received funding for their projects
- Janna L. Harris from Research Institute, Inc., for the proposal "Taurine Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury in Aging."
- Hiroshi Nishimune from Research Institute, Inc., for the proposal "Exercise-regulated genes ameliorate NMJ denervation in aging."
- Brenda Rongish from Research Institute, Inc., for the proposal "VEGF Role in Early Heart Morphogenesis."
News source: Research Institute Newsletter - June 2015
April 3, 2015
Congratulations, department researchers received externally funding for their projects
The following KU Medical Center projects have received external funding for projects scheduled to start Jan. 1, 2015 or later, listed alphabetically by principal investigator. This list includes funding for new projects and competing renewals.
- Pamela V. Tran from the NIH for the proposal "Hedgehog signaling as a potential therapeutic target for cystic kidney disease."
- Janna L. Harris from the NIH for the proposal "Taurine Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury in Aging
March 30, 2015
Student Research Forum
The Anatomy and Cell Biology department had 14 students present at this year's Student Research Forum, all of whom did a tremendous job.
Congratulations to all of our students who were recognized at the SRF banquet including:
The best overall oral presentation, the best graduate studies presentation, and the Paul B. Freeburg award.
- Naomi Tjaden (Paul Trainor lab)
First place session winners:
- Naomi Tjaden (Paul Trainor lab)
- Bailey Allard (Pam Tran lab)
Second place session winners:
- Isabella Fuentes (Julie Christianson lab)
- Michael Cooper (Doug Wright lab)
- Kristin Watt (Paul Trainor lab)
- Angela Pierce (Julie Christianson lab)
People's choice award for 3 minute thesis:
- Bailey Allard
March 4, 2015
Researchers seek to unlock details on developmental defects
Researchers at the University of Kansas have partnered on a project to better understand developmental biology and how an embryo evolves during its earliest stages. The goal is to eventually learn more about developmental defects. The project, which recently received a $1.2 million, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, is led at KU Medical Center by Andras Czirok, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology at the School of Medicine, along with Charles Little, professor of anatomy and cell biology, Brenda Rongish, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology, and Prajna Dhar, assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, University of Kansas School of Engineering. more>>
Robert M. Klein. Ph.D. Named Fellow of the American Association of Anatomists
Klein, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies, has been named a Fellow of the American Association of Anatomists and will be inducted at a ceremony at the end of March. The rank of Fellow is designed to honor distinguished members who have demonstrated excellence in science and in their overall contributions to the anatomical sciences. During Klein's long academic career, he has been honored with numerous honors, including the Chancellor's Club Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the AAMC AOA Robert J. Glaser Teaching Award, American Council on Education Fellowship, two W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Excellence in Teaching, and more than 20 Student Voice Awards. He has dedicated much of his career to teaching and mentoring graduate students, medical students and junior faculty.
January 28, 2015
Everett Hall, graduate student in anatomy and cell biology
K-INBRE symposium: Twenty undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students were honored for their scientific research presentations at the 13th annual Kansas Institutional Development Award Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) symposium Jan. 17-18 in Topeka, Kan. Among those honored was KU Medical Center’s Everett Hall, graduate student in anatomy and cell biology, oral presentation on "Compound mouse mutants of Specc1l hypomorphic alleles model human palate neural tube closure defects". more>>
December 17, 2014
When Egg And Sperm Hook Up, You Can Actually See 'Sparks' Fly
Francesca Duncan is co-author on a paper published in Nature Chemistry that is receiving widespread play in the media. From Huff Post Science, "When a sperm cell fuses with an egg, it triggers the sudden release of zinc atoms from the egg's surface. That's been known since 2011. Now, for the first time ever, scientists have observed these "sparks" in action and figured out where they come from." more>>
June 4, 2014
Student goes to Washington to advocate for increased neuroscience funding
Ms. Angela Pierce, a Ph.D. candidate in Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, University of Kansas Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellow, goes to Washington to advocate for increased neuroscience funding. Ms. Pierce participated in Capitol Hill Day on March 28, when more than 45 neuroscientists from across the country met with staffers at more than 75 congressional offices. They discussed advances in the field of neuroscience, shared the economic and public health benefits of investment in biomedical research, and made the case for strong national investment in scientific research through the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. more>>
June 3, 2014
KU Medical Center receives $19 million National Institutes of Health grant to support multi-university bioscience program
The Kansas Institutional Development Award Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) has received a $19 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue the 13 year long program, which is directed by Doug Wright, a professor of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. more >>
May 6, 2014
Michael J. Werle, PhD selected to participate in the prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program
Werle, an associate professor of anatomy and cell biology, associate dean for graduate studies, and director of the interdisciplinary graduate program in biomedical sciences, is one of 31 applicants selected to participate in the prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program for 2014-2015. ACE fellowships prepare emerging leaders for senior positions in university administration through attendance at retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience into a single year. He is particularly interested in nationally recognized graduate and postdoctoral programs in the biomedical sciences.
April 9, 2014
Student Research Forum Winners
Congratulations to ALL of our Student Research Forum winners! As usual, our graduate students have made the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department proud with their high quality presentations and research. To boot, this is the second year in a row that one of our students has taken the Overall Medal for the School of Medicine. Please help us in congratulating all of our students!
Nathan Wilson (Irfan Saadi, Mentor)
Overall Medal for best presentation in the School of Medicine
First Place in the Cell & Molecular Biology division
Paul Freeburg Cell Biology Award
Naomi Butler-Tjaden (Paul Trainor, Mentor)
First Place in Poster Session II
Bailey Allard (Pam Tran, Mentor)
Honorable Mention in Disease Systems Session
Eric Young (Tatiana PIotrowski, Mentor)
Honorable Mention in Poster Session II
Dale Abrahamson, Ph.D., University Ditinguished Professor, and Chair, Anatomy & Cell Biology
March 5, 2014
KU names 2014 Men of Merit
Robert M. Klein, PhD has been selected as one of the University of Kansas Men of Merit, recognized for positively defining masculinity through challenging norms, taking action and leading by example while making contributions to the university and/or the community. Read more.
January 29, 2014
Researchers use time-lapse movies to track early cardiovascular development
Developmental biologists Charles Little, Ph.D., and Brenda Rongish, Ph.D., are working with biological physicist András Czirók, Ph.D., to produce time-lapse movies to track early cardiovascular development. Their work is featured on the front page of the KUMC website. Read more.
November 19, 2013
Researchers in the KU Schools of Medicine and Health Professions collaborate to better understand diabetes and its complications
Dr. Doug Wright and his colleagues at the University of Kansas Medical Center used a Frontiers pilot grant to spark innovative ideas that are truly translational, advancing both basic and clinical research projects. Read more.
November 12, 2013
Chemical commonly found in plastics makes migraines worse, by Drs. Lydia Vermeer and Nancy Berman
Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center have shown that a compound frequently found in plastics, Bisphenol A (BPA), can worsen migraine headache-related symptoms. The findings suggest that migraine sufferers might be able to reduce the frequency and severity of their headaches by changing their diets. Read more.
September 24, 2013
Charles LIttle, Ph.D., professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology has received Chancellors Club honors.
Charles Little has taught at KU Medical Center since 2000. He has trained 12 post-doctoral fellows, 11 doctoral students and served on dissertation committees of an additional 35 doctoral students. He has served on dozens of peer review panels and committees, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association and other national and international funding agencies. Read more.
September 24, 2013
Work by Ms. Ashleigh Fritz in Dr. Matt Gibson's lab was selected for the image of the day in The Scientist on September 24, 2013
Quote from the The Scientist website, "Image of the Day: Baby Anemone. The embryo of a sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis, with tubulin visualized in green, F-actin in red, and nuclei in blue". View the image on the-scientist.com.
July 23, 2013
Dr. Nancy Berman was a guest on KCUR's Central Standard radio program about migraine on July 17, 2013.
KCUR website, "Where In The Brain Does An Itch And A Migraine Come From?", By Suzanne Hogan and Matthew Long-Middleton.
July 23, 2013
Dr. Andras Czirok was quoted in an article titled "Crowd Control" in the July 2013 issue of "The Scientist."
Excerpt from The Scientist, "Crowd Control: Molecules, cells, or vertebrates-when individuals move and act as a single unit, surprisingly complex behaviors arise that hint at the origins of multicellularity."
Even after large blood vessels, such as the aorta, have formed, the endothelial cells remain highly motile. "We thought that once the blood vessels form, the cells are kind of static, like the bricks of a house," Czirók says. Instead, the walls of the newly formed aortas of bird embryos revealed a turbulent mosaic of cells, with visible streams and vortices. Although at first this movement is random, once blood starts pumping through the vessels, the streams of moving cells making up the vessel walls eventually become directed toward completing the still-forming heart. Only a small percentage of the cells-around 5 to 10 percent-are needed to initiate this mass migration of cells into the nascent organ. Rather than heart formation relying on cell division alone, the streaming vascular endothelial cells provide "a fast and easy way to transport new cells into the growing heart," Czirók says." full article >>
June 27, 2013
Dr. Robert Klein appointed Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies
It is our pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Klein as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies for the University of Kansas Medical Center.Dr. Klein assumes his position on July 15, 2013, and will report to the Senior Vice Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor of KUMC. He succeeds Dr. Allen Rawitch who begins phased retirement this summer with a part-time faculty appointment as professor in the Department of Biochemistry of the KU School of Medicine. Dr. Rawitch will also serve as Special Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor as needed. We are planning a formal campus-wide celebration for Dr. Rawitch in September to which everyone will be invited.
In his new role, Dr. Klein will oversee KUMC activities related to academic affairs, graduate studies, international programs, faculty professional development, faculty governance and institutional reporting of faculty information to the Kansas Board of Regents and other external constituencies. As Vice Chancellor, Dr. Klein will be the administrative liaison to KUMC Faculty Assembly Steering Committee and the Kansas Board of Regents, including the Council of Chief Academic Officers.
Dr. Klein is a Chancellors Club Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology and received his PhD from New York University. He completed postdoctoral work at Marquette University. Dr. Klein has been a faculty member at KUMC since 1975 and became full professor in 1987. During Dr. Klein’s long academic career, he was honored with an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship and has been Associate Dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs in the School of Medicine since 2002. Dr. Klein is the winner of numerous teaching awards, including the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Association of American Medical Colleges Teaching Award, and was twice honored with the Kemper Teaching Excellence Award.
In keeping with our commitment to evaluate campus resources to support our strategic plan, we have carefully reviewed KUMC current and future needs as this transition occurs for the Office of Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies. KUMC academic affairs will expand to include specified professional development activities for faculty of all schools, in addition to faculty handbook and faculty governance liaison activities and institutional reporting of faculty data. Graduate studies activities will include interaction with the KU Edwards campus, as well as postdoctoral support and support of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences.
International programs oversight will focus on international faculty affairs for inbound and outbound faculty, and visa and documentation requirements. Student international programs will be managed by KUMC Student Services, with a new Director of International Programs to be hired in the near future. The new Director of International Programs will report to both Dr. Klein and to Dr. Vince Loffredo, Vice Chancellor for Student Services.
Transitions in our organization allow us the opportunity to enhance our structure to support KUMC missions and evolving priorities. Dr. Robert Klein is an experienced administrator and academician whose leadership will extend the many successes of the Office of Academic Affairs and Graduate Programs on our campus. In the short term, Dr. Klein will continue to support the Faculty Affairs office in the School of Medicine while an internal search for a replacement is conducted. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Robert Klein on this well-deserved promotion.
Douglas A. Girod, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor
Karen L. Miller, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Vice Chancellor
May 29, 2013
Congratulations to Rosetta Barkley, who just celebrated 50 years of service at KUMC!
Meet Rosetta Barkley, HT/ASCP, a histotechnologist in the Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. Rosetta is smart, sassy, and fun-loving. She refers to some of her coworkers as her "babies" and has a smile and hello for everyone who passes her way. She is also the most senior employee at KU Medical Center, having just celebrated her 50th anniversary with us.
Rosetta came to KUMC in 1963 to support the new School of Medicine program which had previously been located at the KU campus in Lawrence. She eventually moved into research and earned her histotechnology certification by completing the first medical technology program offered at KUMC.
As a histotechnologist, Rosetta prepares and processes tissue for use in diagnosing diseases or conducting research.
"I'm really interested in this work," Rosetta explained. "I've seen a lot of changes throughout my career, but the one thing that remains constant are the people who care and are invested in what we do here. I enjoy working with those people."
And these people enjoy working with Rosetta. She retired in 2009, but was recruited back only two months later to work part-time.
When she's not making a difference at KUMC, Rosetta enjoys traveling and shopping.
Congratulations, Rosetta, on this milestone, and thank you for your dedication to our university!
May 20, 2013
Dr. Anastasiia Aleksandrova receives the KU Argersinger Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Dr. Anastasiia Aleksandrova was honored with the Argersinger Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation on May 18th, 2013, at the University of Kansas Doctoral Hooding and Commencement Ceremony. Ana defended her dissertation research with the distinction of Honors in November, 2013 under the mentorship of Brenda Rongish, PhD and her collaborator, Dr. Andras Czirok. Ana’s research focused on the tissue-level mechanisms responsible for driving cardiac progenitor and extracellular matrix movements during early vertebrate heart development. Ana utilized time-lapse imaging and computational analyses to determine the mechanisms underlying the movements of cardiac progenitor cells to the embryonic midline, and confirmed her experimental findings with mathematical models and computer simulations. The Argersinger Dissertation Award is endowed by William and Marnie Argersinger through the KU Endowment Association. William J. Argersinger was the first Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Kansas.
May 10, 2013
Postdoctorate Dr. Lydia Vermeer awarded 2nd Place in Oral Presentations at the 2013 Resident, Postdoc and Fellow Research Day
Congratulations Dr. Lydia Vermeer for 2nd Place Oral Presentations in 2013 Resident, Postdoc and Fellow Research Day. The Vice Chancellor of Research and the Offices of Academic and Postdoctoral Affairs, and Graduate Medical Education (GME) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Resident, Postdoc and Fellow Research Day. Please congratulate them on their hard work. View award winners from the 2013 Residents, Postdocs and Fellows Research Day.
May 2, 2013
Dr. Swenson-Fields' article selected for F1000 Prime
Dr. Swenson-Fields' paper, "Macrophages promote polycystic kidney disease progression" (http://www.nature.com/ki/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/ki2012446a.html) was selected for F1000 Prime as being of special significance in its field (http://f1000.com/prime/717980903?subscriptioncode=f37b88f8-3747-4609-b47e-710ada9f6ba8.
F1000Prime is an in-depth directory of top articles in biology and medicine, as recommended by the Faculty of over 5,000 expert scientists and clinical researchers, assisted by 5,000 associates (a quote from the F1000Prime website).
April 5, 2013
Student Research Forum Winners!
Congratulations to all of the Anatomy and Cell Biology students who did an outstanding job presenting platform talks and posters at the Student Research Forum on April 4th, 2013. We have a number of students who received prizes for their performance:
- Basic Science I, First Place - Kristin Watt
- Basic Science III, First Place - Angela Pierce
- Basic Science IV, Second Place (tie) - Shachi Bhatt
- Basic Science IV, First Place - Sally Salah
- Basic Science V, First Place - Bryce Warren
- Poster Session, First Place - Yi Zhou
- Paul B Freeburg Award - Bryce Warren
- Graduate Studies Ph.D. Research Medal - Bryce Warren
March 23, 2013
Joan S. Hunt, Ph.D. receives the “Frederick Naftolin Award for Mentorship” from the Society for Gynecological Investigation, March 22, 2013 in Orlando FL.
The Frederick Naftolin Award for Mentorship was established in 2003 to recognize the contributions of a member of the Society for Gynecological Investigation to training and career development of investigators in the field of reproductive and women's health. The award is named in honor of Dr. Naftolin, a former President of the society and past recipient of the President's Distinguished Scientist Award. Dr. Naftolin a staunch advocate for creating a mechanism for the society to celebrate outstanding service to our scientific community through excellence in mentoring. The award was endowed by generous contributions from members or the society. Dr. Naftolin's colleagues and trainees. The awardee is selected by Council in consultation with the Past President's and members of the society.
November 16, 2012
Thank you Barbara Fegley for your service and dedication to KUMC
Congratulations to Barbara Fegley for marking 35 years of service to KUMC. Barbara was recently recognized as one of the longtime employees who have devoted more than 35 years to KUMC, along with other honorees at the Employee Recognition Ceremony. A heartfelt thanks to Barbara for all of her years of hard work and dedication.
November 6, 2012
Doug Wright, Ph.D. wins 2012 Faculty Research Investigator Award
The Annual Faculty Research Investigator Awards recognize and honor significant research accomplishments by the faculty of the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Salina and Wichita. The awards are made in conjunction with Faculty Research Day, which is held each year at KUMC Kansas City. These awards are given to investigators who display evidence of significant research accomplishments and a high potential for sustained productive research in the future. Dr. Doug Wright was presented with the award on October 26th, 2012.
August 3, 2012
Glen Andrews Ph.D., Robert De Lisle Ph.D. created a genetic model to show the importance of zinc
KU Medical Center researchers have created a genetic model to show how zinc is crucial for absorbing nutrients in the intestine. Glen Andrews, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, along with senior research associate Jim Geiser, Robert De Lisle, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology, and Koen Venken, a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor College of Medicine, recently published their findings in PLoS Genetics. read the complete article >>
May 4, 2011
Joan Hunt, Ph.D. to be Awarded Senior Award in Placentaology
Please join me in congratulating Joan Hunt, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Cell Biology (and University Distinguished Professor), on the recipient of the inaugural Senior Award in Placentology. She will receive the award at a meeting in Japan this September from the International Federation of Placenta Associations. Obviously, this reflects highly on Joan's long and distinguished career, but also on the many other researchers here who have made KU a foremost institution for reproductive sciences. Wonderful news, Joan!
August 4, 2011
Migraine research by Nancy Berman, Ph.D. in Kansas Medicine+Science
Dr. Nancy Berman's migraine research is highlighted as part of the efforts by the Women's Pain Division at the medical center's Institute for Neurological Disorders (IND). See the full article in the Spring Summer 2011 edition of Kansas Medicine+Science (page 7).
July 20, 2011
Slate Magazine article gives attribution to Nancy Berman, Ph.D.
Read the full article, "Why Do Women Get More Migraines Than Men?" by Brian Palmer on the Slate.com site.
June 10, 2011
Position Filled in the Office of Graduate Studies
It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Werle, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology as the new Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Dr. Werle will continue his role in Directing the IGPBS program for the School of Medicine Basic Science Graduate Programs. His new responsibilities in Graduate Studies will include the oversight and coordination of the student research forum, the resident and postdoctoral research day and the School of Medicine's medical student summer research program. Dr. Werle succeeds Dr. Joe Bast who carried out these responsibilities for many years and has moved to phased retirement while assisting in the development of an MSTP grant application.
Dr. Werle obtained his undergraduate degree in 1982 from the University of Notre Dame, and his PhD in 1987 from The University of Southern California. After postdoctoral research at the Stanford University School of Medicine, he joined the faculty in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at KUMC in 1993. His principal research interest is activity dependent remodeling of neuronal synapses.
I hope you will join me in congratulating Dr. Werle and wishing him success in his new endeavors.
Allen B. Rawitch, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology