Congratulations to Rebecca Stanhope, who was awarded an NIH F31 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Becky Stanhope

Becky Stanhope was recently awarded an NIH F31, an Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), to begin on 12/1/18. Becky is a Microbiology degree candidate in lab of Isabelle Derré. Her thesis work is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that mediate the formation and maintenance of endoplasmic reticulum-Chlamydia inclusion membrane contact sites.

 

 


Congratulations to Brittany Martinez, who was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein F31 Diversity Award

Brittany Martinez

Congratulations to Pharmacology Graduate Student Brittany Martinez (Bland Lab) who was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).  This award began on 9/5/18.

According to the NIH, the purpose of this particular F31 program is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

Brittany will be exploring “Mechanisms underlying peripheral insulin resistance and metabolic dysfunction caused by chronic immune activation.” She is the first predoctoral student in Pharmacology to receive the F31 Diversity Fellowship Award.

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Congratulations to Jessica Little, who was awarded an NIH F30 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Jessica Little

Jessica Little was recently awarded an NRSA F30 fellowship from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, titled ” Defective abscission and apoptosis of neural progenitor cells in a novel model of microcephaly”, to begin on 8/1/18. Jessica is an MSTP student in the Cell & Developmental Biology Graduate Program.  She is in Noelle Dwyer’s lab, studying how impairment of cytokinetic abscission in neural stem cells results in microcephaly through p53-dependent apoptotic pathways.

 
 


Congratulations to Alyse Frisbee, who was awarded an NIH F31 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Alyse Frisbee

Alyse Frisbee was recently awarded an NIH F31 fellowship from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to begin on 7/1/18. Alyse is in the Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology lab of Dr. William Petri. Her thesis work is focused on how IL-33 signaling can protect from hypervirulent strains of C. difficile. Her grant title is “Balancing TLR2 and IL-33 immune pathways to protect during epidemic C. difficile infection.”

 

 


Congratulations to Beth Wagner, who was awarded an NIH F31 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Beth Wagner

Beth Wagner was recently awarded an NIH F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), to begin on 7/1/18. Beth is in Dr. Jung Bum Shin’s lab studying sensory hair cell repair. Her grant title is “Mechanisms Mediating Repair of Stereocilia F-actin in Sensory Hair Cells”.

 

 

 


Congratulations: 2018 Wagner Fellowship Awardees

Please join us in congratulating the 2018 Robert R. Wagner Fellowship awardees. We are thrilled that the Wagner Fellowship fund was able to support 14 BIMS students this year due to the incredible generosity of Dr. Robert Wagner and his wife, Mary.

 

Rising 3rd year students (left to right)

Erin Weddle
Robbie Cornelison
Saad Hussain
Mitch Granade
Adam Borne
Eric Wengert
Michaela Rikard

 

 

 

Rising 4th/5th year students (left to right)

Brooke Sauder
Olivia Sabik
Katrina McNeely
Becky Stanhope
Ben Holloway
Greg Medlock
Laura Dunphy

 

 

 


Congratulations to Alex Keller, who was awarded an NIH F31 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

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Alex Keller

Alex Keller, a Pharmacology Ph.D. candidate in Brant Isakson’s laboratory has received an Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), beginning on 7/1/18. He is studying “Endothelial Hemoglobin Alpha Regulates Vasodilation in Response to Exercise.” This research explores a novel nitric oxide signaling pathway. It will improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying exercise hyperemia and blood flow regulation, with potentially broader pharmacological implications.

 

 


Congratulations to Steven Keller, who was awarded an NIH F31 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Steven Keller

Steven Keller was awarded an NIH F31, an Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), beginning on 7/1/18. Steven is a Physiology degree candidate and is co-mentored by Brant Isakson (Physiology and Biophysics) and Linda Columbus (Chemistry). He is studying how the alpha globin and endothelial nitric oxide synthase protein complex regulates nitric oxide signaling in the vascular endothelium.

 

 


Congratulations to Mark Rudolph, who was awarded an NIH F30 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Mark Rudolf

Mark Rudolf was awarded an NIH F30, an Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), beginning on 8/22/17. Mark is an MSTP student and the purpose of this award is to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students who are matriculated in a combined MD/PhD or other dual-doctoral degree training program. Mark is currently a Neuroscience degree candidate in Jeff Corwin’s lab. He is studying “Sensory Hair Cell Regeneration: Tests of Hypothesized “Triggers” and “Brakes”.

 


Congratulations to Katherine Owsiany, who was awarded an AHA Clinical Health Profession Fellowship.

Katherine Owsiany

Katherine Owsiany was awarded a 2-year Clinical Health Profession Fellowship from the American Heart Association (AHA) on July 1, 2017.  She is a 5th year MD/PhD student in the Owens lab studying smooth muscle cell phenotypic transitions in atherosclerosis.

 

 
 


Congratulations to Richard Baylis, who was awarded an F30 NRSA grant through the NHLBI.

Richard Baylis

Richard Baylis was awarded an F30 NRSA grant through the NHLBI titled: “IL1beta promotes atheroprotective changes in late stage atherosclerotic lesions”. Working in Dr. Gary Owens’ lab, his grant began on 7/1/2017.

 

 

 


Congratulations to Corina Marziano, who was awarded an AHA Predoctoral Fellowship Award

Corina Marziano

Corina Marziano was awarded an AHA Predoctoral Fellowshihp titled: “Novel purinergic receptor-TRPV4 signaling in small pulmonary arteries”, which began on 7/1/17. While working in Dr. Sonkusare’s lab, Corina studies the role of TRPV4 channel-dependent endothelial calcium signaling in controlling pulmonary arterial pressure. With a focus on the regulatory mechanisms for TRPV4 channel function in pulmonary endothelium under normal condition and in pulmonary hypertension.

 

 


Congratulations to Katelyn Ahern, who was awarded an AHA Predoctoral Fellowship

Katelyn Ahern

Katelyn Ahern, a Pharmacology Ph.D. candidate in Thurl Harris’ laboratory, has received a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association, from July 2017-June 2019.  She will be studying “Oxidized neutral lipid lipolysis as a novel regulator of insulin signaling during acute stress”.

 

 
 


Congratulations to Elizabeth Pereira, who was awarded an NIH F31 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award through the NCI.

Elizabeth Pereira

Elizabeth Pereira was awarded an NIH F31 Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA for Individual Predoctoral Fellows through the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which began on 7/1/17. Working in Dr. Kevin Janes’ lab in the Biomedical Engineering department, Elizabeth studies the role of a stress-induced transcription factor, NRF2, and its interaction with the tumor suppressor p53 in triple-negative breast cancer.

 

 


Congratulations to Sarbajeet Nagdas who was awarded an NIH F30 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Sarb Nagdas

Sarb Nagdas is an MSTP student who was awarded an NIH F30, an Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), beginning on 6/6/17. Sarb is a Microbiology degree candidate in David Kashatus’ lab and the title of his project is “Physiological Role of Dynamin-Related Protein 1 in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma”. He is studying the role of Dynamin Related Protein 1 (Drp1), the large GTPase required for mitochondrial fission, in pancreatic cancer using both a genetically engineered mouse model as well as human xenograft model. In parallel, Sarb is studying the cell physiological differences that arise in the pancreatic cancer model systems in the presence or absence of Drp1.

 


Congratulations to James McCann, who was awarded an NIH F31 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

James McCann

James McCann has been awarded an NIH F31, an Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which began on 1/13/17. He is a visiting graduate student in the lab of Dr. Andrew Dudley in Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology.  His thesis research is focused on a micoRNA mediating vascular directed fibrinolysis and tumor progression.

James moved here with his mentor in the summer of 2016 and will be earning his PhD from the University of North Carolina.