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Student and Graduate Successes
Courtney Schaal, graduate student in Dr. Srikumar Chellapan's lab, has been selected to attend the St. Jude Graduate Symposium this spring, March 28 - April 21, 2016 in Memphis, TN where she will be presenting a poster and giving an oral presentation. She is 1 of 44 students invited to attend out of 1,800+ who were invited to apply.
According to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital website, "The St. Jude National Graduate Student Symposium (NGSS) is an all-expenses -paid event held each spring on the St. Jude campus in Memphis, Tenessee. This competitive academic and professional development event allows PhD-level graduate students from U.S. institutions to present their own work, in addittion to learning about the cutting-edge research and facilities at St. Jude." Congratulations, Courtney, on this amazing opportunity!
Congratulations, Dr. Fu!
Dr. Jianing Fu (pictured above) is one of four USF graduates to receive an Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation (OTD) Award for 2015. The OTD Awards are intended to recognize those USF graduates who have demonstrated exceptional performance during their graduate careers at USF and whose thesis or dissertation has resulted in significant impact to the discipline at the national level. Theses and Dissertations chosen for these awards represent those that are considered to be in the top 2% of their specific discipline. Dr. Fu is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Megan Sykes, Columbia University and the second Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program graduate to be selected for this prestigious award - congratulations, Jianing!
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 - congratulations, Daniele!
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 - Congratulations, Inna!
Jeremy Frieling, a sixth year student in Dr. Connor Lynch's lab, has been selected to give an oral and poster presentation on his abstract submission "Post-translational modification of PTHrP function by matrix metalloproteinases" at the 2nd annual Herbert Fleisch Workshop of the International Bone and Mineral Society (IBMS). The workshop will be held in Brugge, Belgium from February 28 - March 1, 2016. Jeremy received a travel award from the IBMS to cover a portion of the trip along with a Cancer Biology Travel Award. Well done, Jeremy!
Melissa Martinez, a student in Dr. John Koomen's lab, has been selected to give an oral presentation at the Mass Spectrometry: Applications to the Clinical Laboratory conference. The conference will be held in Palm Springs, CA, from Feb 21st to the 25th. Her presentation entitled "Mass Spectrometry Quantification of Personalized Biomarkers for Multiple Myeloma" will be given on Tuesday, Feb 23. Melissa received an award from the meeting organizers covering the full expense of the trip! Congrats, Melissa!
Jeremy McGuire, a student in Dr. Conor Lynch's lab, presented a poster at the Function of Tumor Microenvironment in Cancer Progression Conference sponsored by the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR). The conference took place at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, CA, from January 7th through the 10th. The poster Jeremy presented was entitled: "Mesenchymal stem cells in the prostate cancer-bone microenvironment increase osteogenesis and generate apoptotic resistant cancer cell". Jeremy's trip was funded by a Cancer Biology Travel Award.
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.