Congratulations to Diane Cryderman (Research Associate, Wallrath lab) for winning the inaugural University of Iowa “Distinguished Research Support Professional Award”. This award recognizes Diane’s outstanding contributions to research and her long-time commitment to the Department of Biochemistry and the University of Iowa.
Archive for May, 2013
Ryan Baxley, a Molecular and Cellular Biology PhD student mentored by Pamela Geyer, has successfully defended his thesis, entitled “Understanding the Contribution of Individual Zinc Fingers to a Multi-functional, Polydactyl Transcription Factor.” Congratulations to Ryan!
Grant Young, a second year biochemistry student in the Wallrath lab, has received funding from the American Heart Association undergraduate student research program. Grant will study the molecular pathology of muscle laminopathies this summer, with a $4,000 stipend. Congratulations, Grant!
Lynne Dieckman, a Molecular and Cellular Biology PhD student mentored by Todd Washington, has successfully defended her thesis, entitled “Structure and Functional Studies of Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen Mutant Proteins Defective in Translesion Synthesis and Mismatch Repair.” Lynne has accepted a position as a post-doctoral researcher in the lab of Catherine Musselman. She is very enthusiastic about her work there in chromatin biology and her future career in teaching. Congratulations to Lynne!
We are pleased to announce that E. Dale Abel, MBBS, DPhil (MD,PhD) has been named Director of Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. Dr. Abel will have a joint appointment as a professor in Biochemistry. Click here for the full story.
Congratulations to Larry Gray, a postdoc in the Taylor lab, who has just received fellowship funding from the Iowa Cardiovascular Center. Larry will be studying how the mitochondrial pyruvate carrier is regulated during diabetes. Funding for his project comes from the Cardiovascular Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship, a training grant under the direction of Dr. Francois Abboud (Internal Medicine), which has been continuously funded since 1975.
Three biochemistry undergraduate majors were inducted into the Alpha of Iowa Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa honors organization yesterday afternoon. In a ceremony in the Pomerantz center, Kyle Klingbeil, Stephen Siemonsma and Alexander Starr were inducted into this invitation-only society. The three joined current members and graduating seniors Alexander Crider, Clayton Oakley and Garrett Shackleton.
A record 13 students presented at this year’s Undergraduate Honors Program. This year marks the ninth year for the Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Professor Marc Wold, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, in congratulating these 2013 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done:
- James Bullard
Mentor: Pam Geyer
Diversity in function: understanding how a polydactyl zinc-finger protein confers multiple functional outputs
- Alexander Crider
Mentor: Atish Dey (Chemistry)
A novel DMSP lyase
- Atish Dey
Mentor: David Soll (Biology)
Identification of genes involved in candida albicans biofilm synthesis under the control of BCR1
- Johnathan Fagg
Mentor: Peter Rubenstein
Molecular effects of two Baraitser Winter causing mutations
- Bhavatharini Kasinathan
Mentor: Sarit Smolikove (Biology)
The relationship between proteolysis and the akirin pathway in synaptonemal complex disassembly during C. elegans meiosis
- Irtaza Khalid
Mentor: David Price
Deregulation of P-TEFb through microsatellite instability-induced mutations in LARP7 as a potential cause of cancer
- Ryan Marling
Mentor: Dan Weeks
The role of cardiac NK2 genes in early heart development of Xenopus laevis
- Allyson Mayer
Mentor: Charles Brenner
Computational and experimental determination of protein acetylation as a function of nutrition
- Clayton Oakley
Mentor: Beverly Davidson (Internal Medicine)
The validation of several candidate genes predicted to have gained microRNA binding sites through transposable elements
- Stephen Siemonsma
Mentor: Adrian Elcock
Course-grained BD simulations of type III secretion system needle in salmonella
- David Simoens
Mentor: Lori Wallrath
A drosophila model for lamin-associated heart disease
- Kyle Strouse
Mentor: Dan Weeks
Expression of the MiR183 cluster: is there a differential expression of these micro-RNAs in early development?
- Johanna Uribe
Mentor: Kris DeMali
Vinculin phosphorylation regulates epithelial phenotypes
The symposium also included the presentation of two new undergraduate awards, made possible by a gift from Alap Subramanian. The H.G. Wittmann Scholar Award was presented to Stephen Siemonsma (Elcock lab) and the H.G. Khorana Scholar Award was presented to Allyson Mayer (Brenner lab), recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society.
Congratulations to everyone named above and all of our 2013 graduates!