Helen Amerongen, PhD was recently awarded a 2020 College of Medicine Mentoring Award, which honors faculty members who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the mentorship of junior faculty. Recipients were formally recognized at the May General Faculty Meeting of the College of Medicine – Tucson. Read more here
Research Assistant Professor Darren Cusanovich, PhD was announced as one of four recipients of the UAHS Career Development Award this year. The CDA program, established in 2014, provides research training and funding for junior faculty members to foster academic careers in clinical and translational research. The award will support Dr. Cusanovich's work, in collaboration with Dr. Mohamed Ahmed in Neonatology, using single-cell genomics to better understand the pathogenesis of bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a lung disease that affects prematurely born children. Read more here.
Associate Professor Gregory Rogers, PhD, recently received an R35 MIRA grant, a 5-year award for established investigators from the NIGMS. The goal of this basic science proposal is to utilize Drosophila melanogaster as a model system to dissect the molecular mechanisms that underlie the assembly, growth, and function of centrioles - the core subunits of centrosomes.
Assistant Professor Curtis Thorne, PhD in collaboration with Dr. Koenraad Van Doorslaer were awarded a Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF) grant from the BIO5 Institute. The goal of their project is to rapidly test bioactive, clinically actionable and structurally diverse compounds for their activity in disrupting COVID-19 replication in bronchial tissue models. To accomplish this, Thorne and Van Doorslaer are developing a novel high-throughput assay to tract viral replication at the sub-cellular level with plans to make all data available in realtime to the international scientific community.
Elaheh Alizadeh, PhD - a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Curtis Thorne, PhD - is the 2020 recipient of the Sidney Hopkins, Mayola B. Vail, and Patricia Ann Hanson Postdoctoral Fellowship from Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. This two-year fellowship supports research into the causes and treatment of cancer, and will support Dr. Alizadeh's research in using single-cell analysis to discover kinase network vulnerabilities in colon cancer.
The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine is delighted to welcome the following new Molecular Medicine PhD students to our program: Nichlas Engels (Harris lab), Natalie Iannuzo (Ledford lab), Tania Larrinaga (Gregorio lab), and Pierce Longmire (Goodrum lab). We also extend a friendly welcome to the following PhD students who will be working in labs with CMM faculty: Anastasia Amoiroglou (Rogers Lab), Amber Clements (Warfel lab), Esmat Karimi (Granzier lab), Victoria Quintana (Sweasy Lab), and Jiawen Yang (Rogers Lab).