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Archive for August, 2011

Hall of Famer Dr. George Inglett

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

George Inglett, a 1952 PhD with Henry Matill, and a member of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service Hall of Fame remains active nearly 60 years after completing his doctorate. Well known for developing oat, barley and soy-derived fat substitutes, Dr.┬áInglett performed his doctoral research on plant-derived antioxidants. Dr. Inglett’s latest paper on antioxidant activities in Synsepalum dulificum was just published in April.

News from Dr. Daniel Kephart

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Daniel Kephart, a 1994 PhD graduate, has completed nearly 5 years as the R&D leader for Animal Pathogen, Food Safety, and Environmental Testing at Life Technologies. Dr. Kephart runs a research group of 19 at three sites in Texas, California and Singapore. Dr. Kephart studied with David Price, went on to a postdoctoral position at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, followed by 11 years at Promega before assuming his current position.

Former Iowa post-doc Michael Lenardo identifies magnesium as second messenger

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Michael Lenardo, Chief of the Molecular Development of the Immune System section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a former post-doc with John Donelson has a major paper in Nature discovering a second messenger role for magnesium ion in antigen receptor and growth factor receptor signaling. This discovery comes close on the heels of other major papers in PNAS, Immunity and Nature Immunology.

2011 Biochemistry Newsletter now available

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The 2011 newsletter is hot off the presses and available for download. Alumni and friends should receive a hard copy in the mail. If you would like one, please send your contact information to and, while you are at it, please send us your news. The 2010 and 2009 newsletters are also available online.

Pamela Geyer accepts position on Genetics Editorial Board

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Geyer, who recently accepted a position on the Genetics editorial board as an Associate Editor. Genetics is the official publication of the Genetics Society of America. Dr. Geyer will begin her tenure in September.

Yuan Pan recognized for talk at Midwest Eye Research Symposium

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Congratulations to Yuan Pan, a graduate student in Sheila Baker’s lab, who won an award for her talk at the 4th annual Midwest Eye Research Symposium. This regional vision meeting, held in Iowa City, brings together researchers from across the Midwest and is sponsored by the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa. Yuan’s talk, entitled “Characterization of HCN1 Trafficking in Rod Photoreceptors” was one of three selected from work by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.