Congratulations to Nicholas McCarty, who received the 2017-2018 Fulbright-Imperial College London Award. Imperial College London, located in West Kensington, offers one award annually for a student to pursue a one-year Master’s degree in science, engineering, or medical subject. Nicholas will spend his Fulbright year completing a Master of Research (MRes) in Systems and Synthetic Biology, located in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial. Nicholas has worked in the Abel laboratory for the last four years, primarily studying the role of insulin signaling in regulating the cardiovascular system, and will graduate from the University of Iowa with honors this spring. Nicholas plans to pursue a PhD in Metabolic or Chemical Engineering in the United States upon his return, and develop new ways to produce cost-effective, targeted treatments for cardiovascular disease.
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|Grant Young, former Biochemistry undergraduate major, received “The Ponsetti Award for Research in Orthopedics” for his summer research as a U of Iowa medical student.|
Mohammed Ismail, an undergraduate major in the Maria Spies laboratory, has been awarded the 2016 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize Award for his outstanding research accomplishments and excellent presentation at the Lata Symposium.Mohammed plans to apply to medical school this summer.
This prize was established by mentees, colleagues and friends of Dr. Rex Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Montgomery began his career at the University of Iowa in 1955, and is admired for his impact as a researcher, teacher and mentor. Dr. Montgomery is an internationally recognized carbohydrate biochemist and textbook author. While on the faculty, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine, the Vice President of Research for the University and was the founding director of the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Montgomery retired in 2005 after more than 50 years on the faculty.
The 2016 Rex Montgomery Scholarships were award to:
- Emily Britt, Brandon Davies’ laboratory;
- Laura Fischer, Marc Wold’s laboratory; and
- Angela Zhang, Jacob Michaelson’s laboratory.
Rex Montgomery Scholarships recognize undergraduate students for their outstanding academic record and commitment to research. This scholarship was established by Dr. Rex Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Montgomery began his career at the University of Iowa in 1955, and is admired for his impact as a researcher, teacher and mentor. Dr. Montgomery is an internationally recognized carbohydrate biochemist and textbook author. While on the faculty, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine, the Vice President of Research for the University and was the founding director of the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Montgomery retired in 2005 after more than 50 years on the faculty.
Congratulations – Emily, Laura and Angela!
The Latham Science Engagement Initiative (LSEI) 1st Annual Project Engage Showcase held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Iowa Memorial Union, featured four Biochemistry undergraduate majors (out of 12 total Latham Fellows): Sarah Gardner (Baker Laboratory), Cara Larson (Wallrath Laboratory), Nicholas McCarty (Abel Laboratory), and Maria Nunez Hernandez (Shea Laboratory). The students presented their Scientific Outreach Projects.
The LSEI and Fellowship Program was established through the generous donation of Robert J. and Sue B. Latham, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The program enhances the research opportunities for selected undergraduate students. For more information about LSEI and to apply to the fellowship program, visit: latham.uiowa.edu
Seven students presented at this year’s Undergraduate Honors Program. This year marks the twelfth year for the Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Professor Marc Wold, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, in congratulating these 2016 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done.
(left to right): Jiadi An, Hannah Miller, Mohammed Ismail, Alexander Wolff, Hang Yin, Devon Moose, Jianlan Ren
- Jiadi An
Mentor: Adrian Elcock
Osmotic Pressure Simulations Facilitate Protein Force Field Parameterization: GROMOS 54A7
- Mohammed A. Ismail
Mentor: Maria Spies
Phosphorylation by C-Abl Kinase on RAD51
- Hannah K. Miller
Mentor: Todd Washington
Polymerase Interactions with PCNA
- Devon L. Moose
Mentor: Bridget Lear
Developmental vs. Adult Requirements of the Narrow Abdomen Ion Channel Expression in Drosophila
- Jianlan Ren
Mentor: Adrian Elcock
Osmotic Pressure Simulations Facilitate Protein Force Field Parameterization: CHARMM36
- Alexander J. Wolff
Mentor: Daniel Weeks
Designing and Building a Probe to Examine Endogenous Amyloids in Early Xenopus Development
- Hang Yin
Mentor: Adrian Elcock
Improvement of Sugar-Sugar Interactions in Molecular Dynamics Simulations Using Osmotic Pressure Measurements
The symposium also included the presentation of two undergraduate awards, made possible by a gift from Alap Subramanian. The H.G. Wittmann Scholar Award was presented to Alexander J. Wolff (Weeks lab) and the H.G. Khorana Scholar Award was presented to Hannah K. Miller (Washington lab), recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society.
Congratulations to everyone named above and all of our 2016 graduates!
Congratulations to Nicholas McCarty, a third-year Biochemistry student, who has been named a 2016 Goldwater Scholar. Nicholas has worked in the Abel laboratory for the last three years, primarily studying the role of insulin signaling in regulating the cardiovascular system. Nicholas plans to pursue an MD/PhD in Biochemistry and continue his studies on the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease.
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Four-year institutions in the United States are eligible to submit up to four nominations. This year, the Goldwater Committee received 1150 nominations. 252 Scholars and 256 Honorable Mentions were awarded.
A full list of the 2016 Goldwater Scholars can be found here: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/sch-2016.php
Congratulations to the following Biochemistry students who were invited to accept membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society!
Aaron Aspinall, Gabrielle Bui, Kaitlyn Daugherty, Titus Hou, Michael Kegel, Nicholas McCarty, Thuy Tien Nguyen, Ryan Shaw, Sarah Van Dorin, Alex Wolff, Kasra Zarei, Angela Zhang
The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization in the United States.
Maria Núñez Hernandez, an junior undergraduate Biochemistry major studying in the Shea Laboratory, was recently featured in an IowaNow article on the Iowa Biosciences Academy encouraging underrepresented students to attend graduate school.
Last spring, Maria was awarded a 2015 Rex Montgomery Scholarship in the Department of Biochemistry for her outstanding academic record and commitment to research. Maria also presented her research in a poster at the 29th Annual Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics and at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Seattle this past fall.