Life in Tampa Bay
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!
Brent Kuenzi, a fourth year student in Dr. Uwe Rix's lab, was invited to apply for an F99/K00 grant through the NIH. The application, submitted in March, is titled "New therapeutic opportunities from mining polypharmacology mechanisms of ceritinib in
ALK-negative non-small cell lung cancer".
Good luck, Brent!
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, Graduate Research Associate in the Rix lab, has been invited to give a talk in July at the Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Brent was one of the lead developers of a new analysis software and his talk is tenatively titled: "APOSTL: An interactive Galaxy pipeline for reproducible analysis of affinity proteomics data". He will also conduct a workshop for graduate students and other interested researchers on how to use the software. Congrats, Brent!
Brent was 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.
Melissa Martinez also presented her abstract "Personalized Detection of Multiple Myeloma Tumor Burden"during the morning session of the Symposium.
Ashley Basiorka was the third student selected to give an oral presentation of her abstract which was titled: "Identification of Pyroptotic ASC Specks as a Diagnostic Biomarker for Myelodysplastic Syndromes".
Sridevi Challa, mentored by Dr. Jin Cheng, won an award in the Translational Science category for her poster titled: "Activation of EphA2/IKBKE by PARP inhibitor: a mechanism and a critical target of PARP inhibitor resistance".
There were 117 abstracts submitted so all four students deserve a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS!
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.