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Xu Liu receives graduate mentor award

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Xu Liu, a graduate student in the Fuentes lab, has been awarded the Sandra H. Barkan Outstanding Graduate Mentor for 2013. The award, named for the former Associate Dean of the Graduate College, recognizes graduate students who show exceptional mentorship of undergraduates and junior graduate students. Since joining the Fuentes lab, Xu has mentored three undergraduate or junior graduate students, including Ann Murray, Lisa Golden and Josue Lopez. His recent first-author paper in Structure included Ann, who characterized the binding specificity in the syndecan family of Tiam1 PDZ domain. Xu is currently preparing two manuscripts with his other mentees, Lisa and Josue, on the inhibition and structure of Tiam PDZ domains.

Previous recipients of this award include Xiao Peng, a 2011 PhD with Kris DeMali. Congratulations, Xu!

Xiao Peng wins the Clarence Berg Award

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Xiao Peng, a 2011 PhD with Kris DeMali, has been named the winner of the 2012 Clarence Berg Award. This prize is given every other year to a student who demonstrates “scholarship, integrity, cooperativeness, consideration and a willingness to help others.” Dr. Peng was an American Heart Association-funded graduate student who focused on the role of vinculin in adherens junctions. With this support, she uncovered the first role for vinculin in cell-cell junctions and identified novel mechanisms for the activation and recruitment of vinculin to sites of intercellular adhesion.

Previously, Xiao was selected as the Sandra H. Barkan Outstanding Graduate Mentor for 2011,  also named the winner of the 2011 Subramanian Award for best PhD thesis in the Department of Biochemistry, and was recently awarded a 3-year fellowship from the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research. Dr. Peng is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF in the laboratory of Dr. Keith Mostov. Congratulations to Dr. Peng!

Xiao Peng wins Jane Coffin Childs Fund fellowship

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Dr. Xiao Peng, a 2011 PhD with Dr. Kris DeMali and current postdoctoral fellow at UCSF, was recently awarded a 3-year fellowship from the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research. This highly competitive and prestigious fellowship will support Dr. Peng’s research on the regulation of growth control during epithelial morphogenesis in the laboratory of Dr. Keith Mostov at UCSF.

Xiao Peng wins the Subramanian Thesis Award

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Xiao Peng, who recently completed her PhD with Kris DeMali, has been named the winner of the 2011 Subramanian Award for best PhD thesis in the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Peng was an American Heart Association-funded graduate student who focused on the role of vinculin in adherens junctions. With this support, she uncovered the first role for vinculin in cell-cell junctions and identified novel mechanisms for the activation and recruitment of vinculin to sites of intercellular adhesion.

Xiao is pursuing post-doctoral studies at the University of California San Francisco in the laboratory of Dr. Keith Mostov.

Xiao is the 18th 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 Kalnitzky into a highly succesful career at the Max-Planck-Institut. Our deepest thanks to Dr. Subraminian and our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Peng.

Dr. Xiao Peng

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Congratulations are due to the newest PhD in Biochemistry, Xiao Peng. A student of Kris DeMali, Dr. Peng successfully defended her thesis, entitled “The Function and Regulation of Vinculin in Cell-Cell Adhesion.” After graduation, Xiao will pursue post-doctoral studies at the University of California San Francisco in the laboratory of Dr. Keith Mostov. There she will be studying how epithelial cells establish cell polarity morphogenesis with hopes of pursuing a future career in academia.

Dr. Peng earned numerous awards in her tenure at Iowa, including an American Heart Predoctoral Fellowship to study the role of vinculin in adherens junctions. With this support, she uncovered the first role for vinculin in cell-cell junctions and identified novel mechanisms for the activation and recruitment of vinculin to sites of intercellular adhesion. We look forward to following the successful career of Dr. Peng.

Xiao Peng is the Barkan Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Congratulations to Xiao Peng for being selected as the Sandra H. Barkan Outstanding Graduate Mentor for 2011. Ms. Peng, a graduate student with Dr. Kris DeMali, has mentored undergraduates including Cort Lawton, Ashley Angell and Allison Lane. Impressively, two of her three undergraduate collaborators will have published papers with her. Ms. Peng’s first publication with Dr. DeMali in J. Cell Sci. included Mr. Lawton and described the first role for vinculin in adherens junctions.  Additionally, she and Ms. Angell are preparing a manuscript on the role of vinculin phosphorylation.

Originally from Chengdu, China, Ms. Peng plans on doing her post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Keith Mostov at the University of California, San Francisco after she defends her thesis on April 22nd.