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Archive for April, 2017

Biochemistry Alumnus Billy Hudson receives the Protein Society’s 2017 Carl Brändén Award

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Dr. Billy G. Hudson, a 1966 PhD with Drs. Rex Montgomery and Robert Barker, is the recipient of the Protein Society’s 2017 Carl Brändén Award which honors an outstanding protein scientist who has also made exceptional contributions in the areas of education and/or service to the field. Dr. Hudson is currently the Elliot V. Newman Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, & Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, as well as, the Director of the Center for Matrix Biology at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Hudson has worked tirelessly to develop the Aspirnaut K-20 STEM Pipeline for Diversity Program that provides internships to an untapped pool of talented high-school students to encourage them to work in the STEM fields and go on to college. Dr. Hudson’s outstanding research accomplishments include seminal discoveries about the structure and chemistry of collagen IV scaffolds in extracellular basement membranes and have led to a potential treatment of diabetic kidney disease.

Vijay Kamalumpundi receives ICRU summer fellowship

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Vijay Kamalumpundi, an undergraduate in the Taylor Lab, has been award an ICRU summer fellowship for a project entitled, “Metabolic Gradients in Mouse Liver Metabolism.” Vijay will test whether mitochondrial metabolism is different between lobes of the mouse liver, and whether there are unique metabolic gradients within each lobe. Understanding this question will be helpful for designing reproducible experiments and understanding the translational relevance to human liver function. Success is expected to inform major human diseases that afflict the liver, like diabetes and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Former undergraduate earns NSF Graduate Fellowship

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Jill Hauer, who studied in Dr. Michael Schnieder’s laboratory as an undergraduate and is now a Genetics PhD student with Dr. Richard Smith, received an NSF Graduate Fellowship. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards fellowships to outstanding graduate students based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Read more about this story here.