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Nicholas Luedtke awarded Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

March 30th, 2020 by Johnson, Abby T (UI Health Care)

Nicholas Luedtke has been awarded an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award by the Council on Teaching for his excellent work in Experimental Biochemistry (BIOC3140).

Congratulations Nicholas!!

Dr. Pam Geyer elected to the AAAS Electorate Nominating Committee

March 26th, 2020 by Johnson, Abby T (UI Health Care)


Dr. Pam Geyer has been elected to the AAAS Electorate Nominating Committee, starting her three-year membership in February 2020. This elected committee is tasked with identifying and recruiting candidates to run for elected office within each disciplinary section. Her nomination was announced in the February 28, 2020 issue of Science Magazine.


Congratulations Dr. Geyer!!!

Article co-authored by Marc Wold featured on the cover of Nature Genetics

March 4th, 2020 by Johnson, Abby T (UI Health Care)

Marc Wold co-authored an article titled “A slipped-CAG DNA-binding small molecule induces trinucleotide-repeat contractions in vivo” that was published in, and featured on the cover of, the February, 2020 issue of Nature Genetics (volume 52, issue 2, page 146).  CAG/CTG repeat sequences cause at least 17 human neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases, such as Huntington’s disease (HD).  The number of CAG/CTG repeats expands in affected tissues and contributes to disease onset, progression and severity. This paper describes a multi-laboratory research effort, lead by Christopher Pearson (Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto), that identified a small molecule that binds to slipped-CAG repeats and causes repeat contractions in HD patient cells and in the brains of HD model mice.  This suggests that small molecule treatments may be able to reverse the disease-causing repeat expansions.

Congratulations Dr. Wold!!!!

Dr. Kris DeMali receives NIH MIRA grant

February 27th, 2020 by Johnson, Abby T (UI Health Care)

Dr. Kris DeMali received a NIH R35 MIRA grant for her project entitled, “Molecular Mechanisms Underlying E-cadherin Mechanotransduction.”


Congratulations Dr. DeMali!!!

Alicia Salvi awarded NIH F31 Pre-doctoral Fellowship

February 20th, 2020 by Johnson, Abby T (UI Health Care)


Alicia Salvi, a Biochemistry Graduate Student, was awarded a NIH F31 Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Her project was entitled, “Investigating E-cadherin mechanotransduction.”


Congratulations Alicia!

Dr. Ernesto Fuentes awarded CCOM Innovation Research Grant

February 19th, 2020 by Johnson, Abby T (UI Health Care)

Dr. Ernesto Fuentes, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, was awarded the 2019/2020 CCOM Innovation Research Grant. His project is entitled, “Cryo-electron Microscopy Studies of the Bacterial Two-component Histidine Kinase SrrB.”

This grant supports innovative, think-outside-the-box ideas in which little or no preliminary data currently exists. The goal of the CCOM Innovation Research Grant is to fund innovative proposals that may develop into a new opportunity for scholarship and federal funding.


Congratulations Dr. Fuentes!

Drs. Lori Wallrath and Benjamin Darbro awarded NIH R21 grant

February 17th, 2020 by Johnson, Abby T (UI Health Care)

Lori Wallrath, PhD and Benjamin Darbro, MD/PhD (Pediatrics) received an NIH R21 grant to study genetic modifiers of lamin-associated muscular dystrophies.


Congratulations Dr. Wallrath and Darbro!

Dr. Marc Wold inducted into Wall of Scholarship

February 13th, 2020 by Johnson, Abby T (UI Health Care)

Dr. Marc Wold was inducted into the Wall of Scholarship on February 12, 2020. The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Wall of Scholarship was created to highlight current faculty members whose publications have made a powerful impact on a particular field of science or medicine.

“The articles were selected for having been cited more than 1,000 times in subsequent published research articles, based on at least two of three recognized academic citation indices: Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science. As additional first- or senior-authored research papers by Carver College of Medicine faculty achieve the distinction of 1,000 citations, these scholarly works will be commemorated with plaques on the Wall of Scholarship.”

To read more on the Wall of Scholarship, click here.

Congratulations Dr. Wold!!

Dr. John Dagle receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

February 5th, 2020 by Johnson, Abby T (UI Health Care)

Dr. John Dagle (Pediatrics-Neonatology and secondary faculty in Biochemistry) was selected as recipient of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Dagle was selected based on his service in clinical care and research in the Neonatal-Perinatal care.


Congratulations Dr. Dagle!

Dr. Madeline Shea awarded Carver College of Medicine Collegiate Teaching Award

January 10th, 2020 by Johnson, Abby T (UI Health Care)

Congratulations to Dr. Madeline Shea for receiving the Carver College of Medicine Collegiate Teaching Award. The purpose of the Collegiate Teaching Award is to annually acknowledge members of the faculty whose activities and accomplishments demonstrate unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching during the academic year.


Congrats, Dr. Shea!