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Karina Kruth, Jessica Maier, and Lacy Barton successfully defended their theses during the 2013-2014 academic year

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Karina Kruth, a Biochemistry PhD Student mentored by Dr. Peter Rubenstein, successfully defended her thesis on October 31, 2013, entitled “Effects of three deafness-causing gamma-actin mutations on actin structure and function”. Karina is a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Miles Pufall at the University of Iowa, Department of Biochemistry.

 

Jessica Maiers, a Molecular and Cellular Biology PhD student mentored by Dr. Kris DeMali, successfully defended her thesis on November 26, 2013, entitled “The role of alpha-catenin and ZO-1 in coupling tight junctions to adherens junctions”. Jessica holds a post-doctoral position with Dr. Vijay Shah at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,  Minnesota.

 

Lacy Barton, a Biochemistry PhD student mentored by Dr. Pamela Geyer, successfully defended her thesis on July 11, 2014, entitled “Defining the role of a nuclear lamina LEM domain protein in germline stem cells”. Lacy is a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Ruth Lehmann at New York University in New York.

Congrats Karina, Jessica, and Lacy!

Highlights from the 65th Anniversary and 4th Annual Retreat

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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The 2013 Biochemistry 65th Anniversary and 4th Annual Retreat, organized by Lori Wallrath, Charles Brenner, Maria Spies, Earle Stellwagen, Mark Miller, Lacy Barton, and Maren Rogers, was held on Saturday, August 24. The scientific program at the Levitt Center for University Advancement featured talks by Charles Brenner and Catherine Musselman, Director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, Dale Abel, and Director of the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics, Richard Smith. In addition, Gary Firestone (1980 PhD with Ed Heath), Tristram Parslow (1977 MD/PhD with Daryl Granner), Bob Deschenes (faculty from 1989-2004),  and Debbie Thurmond (1997 PhD with Alan Goodridge) gave scientific presentations.

The poster session featured 39 posters. Six total awards were given in three categories. In the undergraduate division, first place went to Dylan Thiemann (Wallrath lab), and second place to Liam Hovey (Shea lab). In the Postdoc/Research Assistant/Associate category, Jiannan Guo (Price lab) and Rebecca Fagan (Brenner lab) won first and second places, respectively . Two Lois Bigger Gehring Awards were given to support graduate student travel to research conferences. Lacy Barton (Geyer lab) and Jessica Maiers (DeMali lab) each won this award for best poster in the graduate student category.

The dinner at the Athletics Hall of Fame featured thoughts and reflections from PhD graduates of the department, including Morey Slodki (1955), Charles Fishkin (son of Arthur Fishkin, 1957), Billy Hudson (1966), Liskin Swint-Kruse (1995), and a video message from Alap Subramanian (1964). Along with former faculty members Charles Swenson, Robert Barker, Earle Stellwagen, Arthur Spector, Bryce Plapp, Robert Roskoski, Larry Solomonson, Alice Fulton, and Daryl Granner.

Thanks to everyone for participating.

Highlights of the third annual Biochemistry Retreat

Monday, August 27th, 2012

The 2012 Biochemistry Retreat, organized by Lori Wallrath, Todd Washington, John Brogie and Julie Lueth, was held on Saturday, August 24 at the Coralville Public Library. Short talks were given in the morning by Ernesto Fuentes, Karina Kruth (Rubenstein lab), Shyamal Subramanyam (M. Spies lab), Michael Schnieders, Brandon Davies, Charles Brenner, Jessica Maiers (DeMali lab) and Adrian Elcock. After lunch, talks were given by Maria Spies, David Price and Eric Taylor.

The poster session featured 29 posters. Eight total awards were given in three categories: in the undergraduate division, James Bullard (Geyer lab), Melinda Martin (Geyer lab) and Alexander Greiner (Rubenstein lab) won first, second and third, respectively; in the Postdoc/Research Assistant/Associate category, William Jones (M. Spies lab), Jiannan Guo (Price lab) and Christy Mei (Brenner lab) won first, second and third, respectively.

Two Lois Bigger Gehring Awards were given to support graduate student travel to research conferences. Xiaowen Sun (DeMali lab) and Yuan Pan (Baker lab) each won this award for best poster in the graduate student category.

Thanks to everyone for participating.

Next year the retreat will be centered around the Department’s 65th Birthday. Be sure to save the dates: August 23-25, 2013.

Jessica Maiers receives AHA pre-doctoral fellowship

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Congratulations to Jessica Maiers, an MCB graduate student in the DeMali laboratory, who was recently awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association for her work entitled “Determining the molecular link between adherens junctions and tight junctions.”

Jessica also presented a poster at the recent American Society of Cell Biology meeting in Denver, along with Kuo Kuang Wen, a researcher in the Rubenstein lab.

DeMali Lab members receive travel awards

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Xiaowen Sun and Jessica Maiers, graduate students in the DeMali laboratory, both received a $500 award for travel to a scientific meeting for their presentations at the 2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology Retreat. Xiaowen presented a research poster, and Jessica gave a research talk.