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Archive for July, 2012

Amber Hohl defends PhD thesis

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Congratulations are due to Dr.Amber Hohl for successful completion of her PhD. A student of Dr. Pamela Geyer, Dr. Hohl successfully defended her thesis in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics, entitled “Understanding The Role Of Topoisonmerase 2 In Chromosome Associations”.

Larry Gray defends PhD thesis

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Lawrence Gray, a PhD student mentored by Sharam Khademi, has successfully defended his thesis, entitled “Detailed characterization of the urea channel UreI from Helicobacter pylori.” After graduation Larry will join the laboratory of Dr. Eric Taylor as a post-doc researcher. He plans to pursue a  career in academia. Congratulations to Larry!

Biochemistry undergrad receives Iowa Space Grant Consortium award

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Kyle Strouse, a senior biochemistry major conducting research with Dan Weeks, has been selected as a NASA scholarship winner by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium. He will carry out a research project over the next year entitled “Understanding gravity sensing defects through targeted ear manipulations,” and will be mentored by Dr. Bernd Fritzsch in the Department of Biology. Congratulations Kyle!

Peter Rubenstein appointed to endowed professorship

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Rubenstein, who has been appointed the Dr. Harold A. Myers Professor in the Basic Sciences effective August 1, 2012. This three year professorship was established to support a PhD faculty member who exhibits exemplary skill and passion for the teaching of medical students and who is a leader in understanding and developing new methods of medical education. This well-deserved honor is a testament to Dr. Rubenstein’s commitment and dedication to the education of graduate and medical students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Yingyue (Annie) Li defends MS thesis

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Yingyue (Annie) Li, a Master’s student mentored by Ronald Weigel, has successfully defended her thesis, entitled “The Effect of TP53 on Function of TFAP2C in Breast Cancer: Detailed Analysis of Regulation of MUC1 Gene.” After graduation Annie will stay in the Weigel lab to continue her project. Her long term goal is to pursue a career in the healthcare economy area. Congratulations to Annie!

Alum Andrew Buller recognized at Gordon Research Conference

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Andrew Buller, a 2007 BA, won the Outstanding Poster Award at the 2012 Gordon Research Conference on Enzymes, Coenzymes & Metabolic Pathways. Andrew is currently competing his PhD in Molecular Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University, where he works on structural and mechanistic investigation of cis-autoproteolysis and the threonine nucleophile. Congratulations to Andrew.