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Je-In Youn, Ph.D., 2011 graduate from the Program,
has accepted an offer to become an assistant professor with the newly created Institute of Immunology at Seoul National University College of Medicine. Dr. Youn was the second faculty hired for the new Institute; he completed his postdoctoral training with Dmitry Gabrilovich, M.D., Ph.D.
Daniele Gilkes, Ph.D., a 2008 graduate and postdoctoral researcher in the Wirtz lab at Johns Hopkins, has received a NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award. This award provides up to five years of support to highly promising postdoctoral research scientists.
Dr. Gilkes is first author on a paper in Nature Reviews Cancer:
Hypoxia and the extracellular matrix: drivers of tumour metastasis.Gilkes DM, Semenza GL, Wirtz D. Nat Rev Cancer. 2014 Jun;14(6):430-9.PMID: 24827502.
Nicholas T. Woods, Ph.D., another 2008 graduate, has accepted a faculty position with the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Woods takes with him his first independent NIH funded R21 award to help start his independent research career. He completed his postdoctoral training with Dr. Alvaro Monteiro at the Moffitt Cancer Center.
Alyson Fay Freeman, Ph.D., who graduated from the Program in 2010, recently joined Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research as a Research Investigator II. Prior to joining Novartis, Dr. Freeman was a CRTA postdoctoral fellow in the Morrison lab at the NCI.
Ashley Basiorka, second year student in Dr. Alan List's lab, was selected to give an oral presentation of her abstract, "Activation of Redox-Sensitive Inflammasomes Underlies the Biological Phenotype of Myelodysplastic Syndromes" during the 13th International Symposium on Myelodysplastic Syndromes in Washington, DC April 29-May 2, 2015. Well done, Ashley!
Courtney Schaal, fourth year student in Dr. Srikumar Chellappan's lab, is the Program's fourth recipient of a prestigious ARCS Scholar Award. Courtney was notified of her selection in December. The Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program is one of only two USF Programs from which ARCS Scholars are selected. Congratulations, Courtney!
Sridevi Challa, from Dr. Jin Q. Cheng's lab, was selected to give an oral presentation during the recent Moffitt Scientific Symposium. Her abstract was titled: "Inhibition of IKBKE relieves feedback suppression of receptor tyrosine kinases combinational targeting of IKBKE and its feedback circuit in pancreatic cancer". Great talk, Sridevi!
Melissa Hoffman, second year student in Dr. John Koomen's lab, will give an oral presentation of her abstract, "Personalized Detection of Multiple Myeloma Tumor Burden" during the 63rd ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics in St. Louis, MO on May 31- June 4, 2015. Congrats, Melissa!