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Biochemistry undergraduates inducted into Phi Beta Kappa society

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Congratulations to the five Biochemistry undergraduates who were inducted in the Alpha of Iowa Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa: Alex Crider, Clayton Oakley, Garrett Shackleton (Brenner lab), Ashley Angell (DeMali lab), and Kathleen White. Phi Beta Kappa is a prestigious undergraduate honors organization that recognizes the academic achievement of its members. Members from Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 were inducted on April 29, 2012.

Biochemistry Honors students present at Lata Symposium

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Seven Biochemistry Honors students presented their research yesterday afternoon at the 8th Annual Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Undergraduate and Honors Advisor, Professor Marc Wold, in congratulating these 2011 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done.

  • Ashley Angell
    Mentor: Kris DeMali
    Tyrosine Phosphorylation of Vinculin Regulates Cell-Matrix Adhesion
  • Chelsea Khaw
    Mentor: Kris DeMali
    The Role of the Β3 Integrin in Melanoma Resistance to Chemotherapy
  • James Min
    Mentor: Joseph Zabner (Pulmonary)
    Organ-specific Expression of a Transgenic Human Lactonase in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Emma Nash
    Mentor: Martha Monick (Internal Medicine)
    Smoking Alters Dicer Expression in Human Alveoler Macrophages
  • Luke Prest
    Mentor: Dan Weeks
    Separating Functional Domains of Cardiac Transcription Factors by Construction of Chimeric Proteins
  • Hyun Soo Ryu
    Mentor: Shahram Khademi
    Mechanisms of Urea Conduction in Urea Channel
  • Austin Stark
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Molecular Simulations of Weak Protein-protein Interactions

Highlights of the Annual Retreat

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The 2011 Biochemistry Annual Retreat, chaired by Lori Wallrath and Lacy Barton, was held on Saturday, August 27 at the Coralville Public Library. Short talks were given in the morning by Kris DeMali, Larry Gray, Lacy Barton, Daniel Weeks,  Todd Washington, Xu Liu, Aaron Ver Heul and Madeline Shea. After lunch, talks were given by Marc Wold, Charles Brenner and Miles Pufall .

The poster session featured 31 posters. Seven awards were given in two divisions. Ashley Angell from the DeMali laboratory and Kristen Syring from the Wallrath laboratory won first and second place in the undergraduate division. In the post-doctoral and staff division, Rebecca Fagan from the Brenner laboratory took first place.  There was a three way tie for second place between Jennifer Bays from the DeMali laboratory, Brett Waite from the Shea laboratory, and Kuo-Kuang Wen from the Rubenstein laboratory.

Two Lois Bigger Gehring Awards  were given to support graduate student travel to research conferences. These awards were given to John Pryor from the Washington laboratory and Alexey Soshnev from the Geyer laboratory.

Thanks to everyone for participating.

Four students awarded ICRU Fellow Summer Scholarships

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Congratulations to four Biochemistry undergraduates who received Iowa Center for Research for Undergraduates (ICRU) fellowships this summer. The fellowship provides the students with a stipend to work on a faculty member’s research projects. Students are chosen based on the proposed course of study and their academic achievements.

  • Rutviben Patel
    Mentor: Charles Brenner
    Nicotinamide Riboside Metabolism in Yeast Cells
  • Ashley Angell
    Mentor: Kris DeMali
    Vinculin Y822 Cell-Matrix Adhesion
  • David Simoens
    Mentor: Lori Wallrath
    The Role of Chromatin Proteins in Gene Expression
  • Dylan Thiemann
    Mentor: Lori Wallrath
    The Role of Lamins in Gene Expression

Ashley Angell receives Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Ashley Angell, a junior biochemistry undergraduate major working in the DeMali laboratory, has recently be awarded the 2011-12 Stevens Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded each year to a junior in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences pursuing a bachelor’s degree in natural science who exhibits a high standard of academic excellence and personal integrity as well as professional promise and passion for scientific research. The scholarship is equal to two semesters of resident undergraduate tuition. Congratulations to Ms. Angell!

Ashley Angell receives Honorable Mention for Goldwater Scholarship

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Congratulations to Ashley Angell, a junior biochemistry major, working in Dr. Kris DeMali’s lab who received an honorable mention citation for a Goldwater Scholarship. The University’s press release is here.

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.