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  • Dr. Bret Freudenthal was the winner of the Environmental Mutagensis and Genomics Society 2016 Young Scientist Award Competition. As a result he will present a plenary talk at their meeting and received support for his lab to be able to attend. Dr. Freudenthal's entry video may be seen here.
  • Ed Phie Tan (Graduate Student, Slawson Lab) was a Best Thematic Poster winner at the April 2016 ASBMB meeting held in San Diego.  Her poster was "Elevated O-GlcNAcylation levels improve mitochondrial function"
  • An undergraduate student, Tony Flynn, who has been mentored in Dr. Bret Freudenthals's lab, was recognized as a Top Poster Presenter at the University of Saint Mary's Science and Math Undergraduate Research Forum for his structural studies of a polymorphism associated with cancer.
  • Two High School students who have been mentoring in Dr. Mark Fisher's lab were recently recognized for their work by Science Pioneers:
         Benjamin Deatherage  was recognized for his project "The construction of chaperonin dimers using biotinylated GroEL and StreptavidingScaffolds" with the Senior Chemistry, Pioneers in Science Award and Grand Award.  (1 of the 3 Grand Award Winners will compete in the National Science Fair)
         Roshan Bisarya's project "The use of an osmolyte misxure to prevent aggregation and promote chaperonin-assisted refolding of Green Fluorescent Protein" received a Project Display Award.
  • At the 2016 Student Research Forum banquet held on March 31,  Zhen Zhang (Slawson Lab) was announced as the Kimmel Award winner and Jackie Thompson (Carlson Lab) was judged to have given the second best talk in her session.  Congratulations!
  • Dr. Kenneth Peterson was announced as a recipient of the Chancellors Club Research Award on October 1, 2015.  Dr. Peterson's reseach has given hope to patients diagnosed with sickle cell disease and other genetic blood disorders.  Dr. Peterson has also had an active role in leadership at KUMC.
    Video from the ceremony may be seen here.
  • Dr. Chad Slawson was selected by the 2014-15 IGPBS students as the top instructor for their class. 
  • Pierce O'Neal (Fisher Lab) was named the top student in the 2014-15 IGPBS class by the IGPBS faculty and IGPBS Advisory Board. 
  • A Department Retreat was held April 22, 2015.  
         2015 Department Retreat
  • 7 Biochemistry Graduate Students presented at the 2015 Student Research Forum held on March 25.  Ee Phie Tan (Slawson Lab) was a Session Winner and Mary Ashley Rimmer (Carlson Lab) was the Kimmel Award Winner. 
  • Dr. Mark Fisher and Dr. Russ Swerdlow (Joint appt) were both recognized at the KUMC Faculty Research Day on October 30, 2014.  Dr. Fisher received the Thomas L. Noffisnger Investigator Award (awarded to the individual who received the highest ranking in his or her application to the Lied Endowed Basic Science Program through the KUMC Research Institute).  Dr. Swerdlow received the Chancellors Club Research Award (KUMC faculty who are recognized leaders and who have achieved national and international stature in their chosen fi elds of research).
  • A new article on Sickle Cell compounds by Dr. Ken Peterson, Professor and Vice Chair, was recently highlighted in KU Medical Center News (Sept. 18, 2104).
  • Jackie Thompson (graduate student, Carlson lab) and Zhen Zhang (graduate student, Slawson lab), were both recipients Biomedical Research Training Program Fellowships (Nov. 18, 2013).
  • Ee Phie Tan, graduate student in Dr. Chad Slawson's lab, is an awardee of a Mabel A. Woodyard Fellowship in Neurodegenerative Disorders.  Her selection was based on the quality of her science and potential as a neuroscience researcher.
  • Dr. Joseph Fontes was recongized with the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award at the KU Teaching Summit on Aug 21, 2014.  Dr. Fontes is the director and a lecturer in the Foundations in Medicin module, the first course tuagh to first-year medical students. 
  • Santiago Grisolia, M.D., Ph.D., a former chair and professor emeritus of the department, was recently recognized by the King of Spain.  He is now the Marquis of Grisolia.  Juan Carlos I recognized Dr. Grisolia for his long and commendable career of teaching and research, and his contribution to scientific knowledge. 
  • Rushi Trivedi was the recipient of the 2014 Kimmel Award.  The Kimmel Award was announced during the Student Research Forum held April 2 - 4. 

  • Dr. Russ Swerdlow (Joint Appt - Neurology) was invested with the Gene and Marge Sweeny Professorship in Neurology by KU Endowment on November 18, 2013

  • Dr. Aron Fenton's article: "Are all regions of folded proteins that undergo ligand-dependent transitions targets for allosteric peptide mimetics?", Biopolymers, 2013, was selected by F1000 Prime for inclusion in their in-depth directory of top articles in biology and medicine. 

  • Two BMB students received awards at the recent 2013 Student Research Forum.  Zhen Zhang won the "Award for Best Presentation in Epigentics & Stem Cell Biology" and Dan Parente won the Joe R. Kimmel Award for Best Presentation in Biochemistry.

  • The research of Dr. Mark Fisher was featured at the University Research & Entrepreneurship Symposium held on April 3, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass.  Dr. Fisher is developing new techologies to address protein-folding diseases. 

  • Dr. Owen W. Nadeau was the First Author on the Journal of Biological Chemistry's Best Paper of 2012 in Computational Biology:  Structure and Location of the Regulatory β Subunits in the (αβγδ)4 Phosphorylase Kinase Complex.  Owen W. Nadeau, Laura A. Lane, Dong Xu, Jessica Sage, Timothy S. Priddy, Antonio Artigues, Maria T. Villar, Qing Yang, Carol V. Robinson, Yang Zhang, Gerald M. Carlson, J Biol Chem Oct 26, 2012; 287: 36651-36661

  • Dr. Joe Fontes was awarded the 2012 Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship at the 2012 School of Medicine Annual Faculty Retreat held on November 9, 2012.  The Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship is the most prestigious teaching award in the School of Medicine. The award recognizes excellence in teaching and seeks to continue the tradition of outstanding education in the medical school.

 



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