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Archive for March, 2020

Nicholas Luedtke awarded Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Nicholas Luedtke has been awarded an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award by the Council on Teaching for his excellent work in Experimental Biochemistry (BIOC3140).

Congratulations Nicholas!!

Dr. Pam Geyer elected to the AAAS Electorate Nominating Committee

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

 

Dr. Pam Geyer has been elected to the AAAS Electorate Nominating Committee, starting her three-year membership in February 2020. This elected committee is tasked with identifying and recruiting candidates to run for elected office within each disciplinary section. Her nomination was announced in the February 28, 2020 issue of Science Magazine.

 

Congratulations Dr. Geyer!!!

Article co-authored by Marc Wold featured on the cover of Nature Genetics

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

Marc Wold co-authored an article titled “A slipped-CAG DNA-binding small molecule induces trinucleotide-repeat contractions in vivo” that was published in, and featured on the cover of, the February, 2020 issue of Nature Genetics (volume 52, issue 2, page 146).  CAG/CTG repeat sequences cause at least 17 human neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases, such as Huntington’s disease (HD).  The number of CAG/CTG repeats expands in affected tissues and contributes to disease onset, progression and severity. This paper describes a multi-laboratory research effort, lead by Christopher Pearson (Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto), that identified a small molecule that binds to slipped-CAG repeats and causes repeat contractions in HD patient cells and in the brains of HD model mice.  This suggests that small molecule treatments may be able to reverse the disease-causing repeat expansions.

Congratulations Dr. Wold!!!!