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Dagan Marx awarded 2014 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize Award

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Dagan Marx, an undergraduate major in the Shea laboratory, has been awarded the 2014 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize Award for his excellent presentation at the Lata Symposium and for the high quality and the breadth of his research.

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.

Congratulations, Dagan!

Two students awarded Travel Fellowships to present posters at the Biophysical Society Meeting

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Congratulations to Liam Hovey and Dagan Marx who received travel support to present individual posters at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society in San Francisco in February.  The Society has more than 9000 members, and more than 4000 posters were presented.  Both students have been working in the Shea laboratory to understand the role of calmodulin as a regulator of sodium channel function.

Liam received an award from the Dewey Stuit Fund in Liberal Arts and Sciences which promotes the development of mentor-protégé relationships between undergraduate students and faculty members.  His poster was titled “Determinants of Preferential Binding of Apo Calmodulin to the IQ motif of Neuronal Sodium Channel NaV1.2″.  Liam is pursuing majors in Physics and Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics.  He has a yearlong fellowship from the Iowa Center for Research for Undergraduates (ICRU) and is one of two UI nominees this year for a Goldwater Scholarship.

Dagan received travel support from the Iowa Center for Research for Undergraduates (ICRU).  His poster was titled “Specificity of Calmodulin Recognition of Human Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels”.  Dagan is majoring in Biochemistry and Environmental Sciences (Chemical Sciences) with a minor in Chemistry.  He also presented a poster at the 2013 meeting of the Biophysical Society in Philadelphia with support from a Student Travel Award from the Society.  Dagan had a yearlong fellowship from the Iowa Center for Research for Undergraduates (ICRU) during his junior year, and is currently interviewing for graduate programs in molecular biophysics.