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Lacy Barton receives 2015 Subramanian Thesis Award

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Lacy Barton, who completed her PhD with Dr. Pamela Geyer, has been named the 2015 Subramanian Award for best PhD thesis in the Department of Biochemistry. Lacy is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Ruth Lehmann’s laboratory at New York University School of Medicine in New York, NY. She was recently awarded a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship for her project entitled “Mechanisms of directed cell migration in a complex in vivo environment.” Damon Runyon fellowships are among the most recognized postdoctoral awards and a high accolade for an early career scientist.

Lacy  is the 22nd winner of the Subramanian Award, which is made possible by a gift from Dr. Alap Subramanian, a 1964 PhD from the department, who parlayed his training with the late George Kalnitsky, (and with Irving Klotz at Northwestern and both Bernard Davis and Herman Kalckar at Harvard Medical School), into a highly successful career at the Max-Planck-Institut. Our deepest thanks to Dr. Subramanian and our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Barton.

Please visit our website for a complete list of previous winners of the Subramanian Award.

Biochemistry Alumna Dr. Debbie Thurmond joins City of Hope as Chair of the Department of Molecular & Cellular Endocrinology

Monday, September 21st, 2015

HeadshotBiochemistry  Alumna, Debbie C. Thurmond, a 1997 PhD with Alan Goodridge, has joined City of Hope as professor and founding chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology within the institution’s new Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute. Thurmond will lead City of Hope’s efforts to develop new diabetes treatments, focusing on potential therapies that can reverse or prevent the onset of the disease.

Dr. Thurmond joins City of Hope from Indiana University, where she was a professor of pediatrics and associate director of the Basic Diabetes Research Group within the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research.

Nicholas McCarty featured on ICRU Undergraduate Research Spotlight

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Nicholas McCarty, an undergraduate major in the Abel laboratory, was recently featured on the ICRU Undergraduate Research Spotlight highlighting his experience as an undergraduate working in the laboratory, more specifically his work on studies examining the role of insulin signaling in regulating the cardiovascular system, and his goals for professional development. Read the full feature here.

Taylor lab publishes in Cell Metabolism

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

The Taylor laboratory has recently published an article entitled “Hepatic Mitochondrial Pyruvate Carrier 1 Is Required for Efficient Regulation of Gluconeogenesis and Whole-Body Glucose Homeostasis” in Cell Metabolism. Postdoctoral Fellow Larry Gray was first author of this work.

Gray et al. show that the Mitochondrial Pyruvate Carrier (MPC), is critical for controlling glucose production in the liver and could potentially be a new target for drugs to treat diabetes. Dr. Taylor is quoted in UI News The Loop, “Essentially, we found that disruption of the MPC makes the liver less efficient at making glucose and, as a result, the liver burns more fat for energy, makes less cholesterol, and makes less glucose in models of diabetes.” He continued, “This overall change in metabolism matches outcomes that would be therapeutically desirable for people with diabetes.” Read the full feature on their article here.