Life in Tampa Bay
Student and Graduate Successes
Courtney Schaal, a fifth year graduate student in Dr. Srikumar Chellappan's lab, is first author on a review paper, "Nicotine-Mediated Cell Proliferation and Tumor Progression in Smoking-Related Cancers" which was recognized during the 2016 AACR Annual Meeting as one of the most highly cited Molecular Cancer Research articles published in 2014! The abstract is contained in The Best of the AACR Journals: 2014 Papers. Great work, Courtney!
Dr. Jianing Fu (pictured above) has been awarded the TTS Young Investigator Scientific Award to attend the 26th International Congress of The Transplantation Society in Hong Kong in August. Dr. Fu will receive the award during the Presidential Plenary and Awards session on Monday, August 22.
Additionally, Dr. Fu's abstract, "Generation of Naïve Donor-Derived Lymphocytes from Graft-Resident Lymphoid Progenitors After Human Intestinal Transplantation" has been selected for oral presentation at the 2016 American Transplant Congress to be held in Boston, MA in June.
Dr. Daniele Gilkes has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Oncology at the Sidney
Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gilkes graduated in 2008 and completed her postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins. She received a K99/R00 award in 2014 which led to her recent appointment as tenure track faculty.
Dr. Inna Fedorenko, 2014 graduate and postdoctoral fellow in the Smalley lab at the Moffitt Cancer Center, received a Career Development Award from the Melanoma Research Foundation for her project "Identifying and Targeting Melanoma Cells That Metastasize to the Brain." The award totaled $50,000/year for two years.
Brent Kuenzi, a fourth year student in Dr. Uwe Rix's lab, has been selected as a 2016 ASMS Graduate Student Travel Award recipient. The award will enable Brent to attend the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference in San Antonio, Texas June 5-9, 2016. Well done, Brent!
Brent has also been selected to give an Oral Presentaton of his abstract "Ceritinib inhibits ALK-negative non-small cell lung cancer through a non-canonical polypharmacology mechanism" during the 2016 Moffitt Scientific Symposium on May 6.
Two other students, Melissa Martinez and Ashley Basiorka, had their abstracts selected for Oral Presentations during the Moffitt Symposium. Melissa will present her abstract, "Personalized Detection of Multiple Myeloma Tumor Burden". Ashley's abstract is titled: "Identification of Pyroptotic ASC Specks as a Diagnostic Biomarker for Myelodysplastic Syndromes".
There were 117 abstracts submitted so all three students deserve a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS!
Sridevi Challa, a
fourth year student in Dr. Cheng's lab, will present an abstract at the 81st Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Symposium in June. Sridevi received a Cancer Biology Travel award to fund the trip.
Dr. Ken Wright and four students were invited to present to the USF Board of Trustees on December 3. Dr. Wright talked about the history of the Program and each student detailed their graduate research to the Board. Click here to see video of the presentations; the starting time point is 28:15.