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Archive for June, 2015

Allison (Xun) Chi awarded Early Career Investigator Travel Award

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Allison (Xun) Chi, a graduate student in Dr. Brandon Davies Lab, has been awarded an Early Career Investigator Travel Stipend Award for travel to the Kern Lipid Conference held in Colorado. Allison will be presenting a poster based on the Davies Lab’s recent paper, “Angiopoietin-like 4 modifies the interactions between lipoprotein lipase and its endothelial cell transporter GPIHBP1”.

Congratulations Allison!


Yuan Pan Successfully Defends Thesis Spring 2015

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Pan, YuanYuan Pan, a biochemistry PhD Student mentored by
Dr. Sheila Baker, successfully defended her thesis on, March 31 , 2015, entitled “Targeting membrane proteins to inner segments of vertebrate photoreceptors”. Yuan has accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and will be working on glioma and tumor microenvironment.

Congratulations Yuan!

Sarah Gardner awarded a 2015 Fight for Sight Summer Student Fellowship

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Sarah Gardner, and undergraduate major in the Baker Laboratory, was awarded a 2015 Fight for Sight Summer Student Fellowship for her project entitled “Identifying mechanisms of protein targeting essential for the assembly of the photoreceptor ribbon synapse.”

Fight for Sight is a nonprofit organization that provides funding and acknowledgment to promising scientists early in their eye research careers, before they are eligible for government support from the National Institutes of Health. Sarah is joining an exclusive group of over 3,000 Fight for Sight dating back to 1947, many of whom have gone on to become outstanding leaders in eye and vision research and academic ophthalmology. Congratulations, Sarah!

Liam Hovey awarded 2015 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize Award

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

LiamHoveyLiam Hovey, an undergraduate major in the Shea laboratory, has been awarded the 2015 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize Award for his outstanding research accomplishments and excellent presentation at the Lata Symposium. This prize was established by mentees, colleagues and friends of Dr. Rex Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Montgomery began his career at the University of Iowa in 1955, and is admired for his impact as a researcher, teacher and mentor. Dr. Montgomery is an internationally recognized carbohydrate biochemist and textbook author. While on the faculty, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine, the Vice President of Research for the University and was the founding director of the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Montgomery retired in 2005 after more than 50 years on the faculty.

Liam has presented his research twice at the Annual Biophysical Society Meetings, and twice at the Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics. He has received several awards for his scholarship and research including the national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, UI CLAS Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Fellowship, the Donald Burton Award in Chemistry, CLAS Dewey Stuit Award and ICRU Fellowships. He was selected to be the sole undergraduate speaking at the afternoon CLAS Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 16 (his talk can be seen here). This summer, he will be matriculating in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle.