Professor Diana Darnell, PhD has received two 2020 College of Medicine Faculty Teaching Awards: Outstanding Teacher in a Block, Preclerkship phase and Outstanding Use of Educational Technology. She will be honored for these accomplishments in March at the 40th Annual Faculty Teaching Awards Ceremony, presented by the Academy of Medical Education Scholars (AMES), an organization that recognizes the College’s most outstanding educators.
Professor and Department Head Carol Gregorio, PhD was recently elected to the position of Councilor for the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Neurobiology Chairpersons. This organization of academic departmental leaders provides advocacy in the biomedical sciences and represent the interests of investigators working within these disciplines to develop policy, identify and address emerging issues, and share expertise for the improvement of academic medicine and basic biomedical science.
In a new study of organelle biogenesis from the laboratory of Gregory Rogers, PhD, former CMM student and postdoc Tiffany McLamarrah and colleagues characterize an early step in centriole duplication. They show that Polo-like kinase hyperphosphorylates the assembly factor Ana2, which increases the affinity of Ana2 for the G-box domain of Sas4, promoting Ana2’s accumulation at the procentriole and, consequently, daughter centriole formation. PMID: 31841145
Michelle Ennabe, CMM Master's Student, is one of three Masters Awardees of this year's prestigious Centennial Achievement Award. Founded in 1987, this honor recognizes graduating students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and contributions to community and family despite facing challenging obstacles along the way. Read more here.
In this newest study from the laboratory of Gus Mouneimne, PhD, recently-graduated CMM student Julieann Puleo and colleagues discovered that EVL, the Ena/VASP protein, is crucial for actin polymerization at focal adhesions (FAs). Importantly, they determined that EVL-mediated FA actin polymerization regulates FA maturation and mechanosensing, which are significant steps in mechanically-directed motility and durotactic invasion. This work is a significant contribution to our understanding of how cells interact with their microenvironment in normal and pathological contexts. PMID: 31594807
We are (fortunately) not alone. Microbes should no longer be seen as foes that need to be eliminated at all costs. Work from Donata Vercelli, PhD's laboratory recently featured in the Washington Post shows that living in traditional farming environments means living in a place that is extremely rich in microbes — the right microbes that our immune system has evolved to live with and learn from. The constellation of organisms found in soil and on farm animals programs how a child responds to allergens throughout her lifetime. This programming likely starts in utero and continues to shape the immune system during the first few years of life. Read more here.
Student Seminar Speaker: TBD
Dr. Norio Fukuda, Jikei University of Medicine
Sarver Heart Center 4137
Speaker: Dr. Craig Weinkauf, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Surgery-SHC
Student Seminar Speaker: Jean Wilson, PhD, University of Arizona
Talk title: TBD
Facilitators: Scott Pryor, Interim Research Integrity Officer - Research, Innovation & Impact ✦ Dr. Ron Hammer, Co-director - Clinical Translational Sciences