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Lacy Barton wins 2016 Clarence Berg Award

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Lacy Barton, a 2014 PhD with Dr. Pamela Geyer, has been named the winner of the 2016 Clarence Berg Award. The Berg Award is given biennially in honor of our former Professor Clarence P. Berg to the graduate student who demonstrates “scholarship, integrity, cooperativeness, consideration and a willingness to help others.”

Lacy was also recently named the winner of 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 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. Congratulations, Dr. Barton!

2016 Biochemistry Newsletter now available

Friday, November 4th, 2016

2016_newslettercoverimageThe 2016 Biochemistry @ Iowa newsletter is hot off the presses and available for download. Alumni and friends should receive a hard copy in the mail this week. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send your contact information to biochem@uiowa.edu. While you are at it, feel free to send us your news and updates! Previous newsletters are also available online.

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.

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!

Drs. Wallrath, Geyer, and Musselman among speakers at the Midwest Chromatin and Epigenetic Meeting

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The 2014 Midwest Chromatin and Epigenetic Meeting was held on May 18, 19, and 20 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Speakers from the University of Iowa included Frederick Domann, Catherine Musselman, Pamela Geyer and Lori Wallrath; poster presenters included Lacy Barton, Heather Brockway, Diane Cryderman, Lynne Dieckman, Daniel Ferrell, and Tyler Weaver.

Over 200 attendees, representing eighteen states and four countries, presented their current research findings on transcriptional regulation, chromatin structure, and epigenetics as it relates to nutrition, the environment and human disease.

The prestigious Journal of Biological Chemistry‘s Herb Tabor Young Investigator Award was given to Andrew DeVilbiss, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Wallrath co-organized the event with John Denu of the University of Wisconsin and Raul Urrutia of the Mayo Clinic.

Geyer Lab finalist in the Image Award Competition at the 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Dr. Pamela Geyer’s laboratory was recognized as a finalist in the Image Award Competition at the 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference for an image generated by graduate student, Lacy Barton.  The award is given to the most striking image that clearly conveys a point of important biological information.  The image submitted captures the developmental defects in female germline stem cells resulting from loss of the nuclear lamina protein Otefin. This figure was published in the the Barton et al., Developmental Cell in 2013. The winning image and other finalists images can be viewed at http://www.drosophila-images.org/2014.shtml. Barton Image

Geyer, Wallrath, and Barton Developmental Cell article selected for Faculty of 1000 Prime

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Congratulations to Pam Geyer, Lori Wallrath, and Lacy Barton whose article “The Drosophila nuclear lamina protein otefin is required for germline stem cell survival”, published in Developmental Cell, has been selected for Faculty of 1000 Prime because of its special significance in its field. Faculty of 1000 Prime recommends the top published articles in biology and medicine.

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.

Geyer and Wallrath publish in Developmental Cell

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Pam Geyer and Lori Wallrath have a new paper in the June issue of Developmental Cell, entitled “The Drosophila Nuclear Lamina Protein Otefin is Required for Germline Stem Cell Survival.” The article includes Lacy Barton (current graduate student with Pam Geyer) and Belinda Pinto (2009 PhD with Pam Geyer) as co-first authors, and is available online.

Geyer lab wins two awards for Research Week posters

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Congratulations to Alexey Soshnev and Lacy Barton, of the Geyer Lab, for receiving poster awards during Health Sciences Research Week. This year’s Research Week (April 16-17), a joint venture between CCOM, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Public Health, the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, and the VA Health System, was entitled “Molecules and Mental Illness.” Alexey won in the CCOM Postdoctoral Fellow category for his poster, entitled “Mechanisms of transcriptional regulation by a drosophila insulator protein.” Lacy, a graduate student, received an award in the CCOM student category for her poster “Loss of the nuclear lamina protein Otefin causes checkpoint kinase 2-mediated death of female germline stem cells.”