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Diana Athonvarangkul has been selected to participate in the American Gastroenterological Association's Gastroenterology Workshop for MD-PhD students The AGA MD-PhD Workshop will be held March 22 and 23, 2014 in San Diego, CA. Diana is completing her PhD thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Rajat Singh in the Dept. of Molecular Pharmacology.

Rachel Fremont has been awarded a prestigious Grass Foundation Fellowship for the Summer of 2012. Her project is entitled "Is cerebellar dysfunction a common mechanism in genetic dystonias?" The Grass Foundation Fellowships allow early stage investigators planning careers in neuroscience to pursue independent research projects at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. Rachel is completing her PhD thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Kamran Khodakhah in the Dept. of Neuroscience.

Cameron Smith has received a fellowship to attend the 2012 Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School. The Complex Systems Summer School offers an intensive four week introduction to complex behavior in mathematical, physical, living, and social systems for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the sciences and social sciences. Cameron is completing his PhD thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Aviv Bergman in the Dept. of Systems and Computational Biology.

David Gross received a Travel Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) to present a poster at the 2012 ASBMB Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2012, in San Diego, CA, April 20-25, 2012. David completed his PhD thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. David Silver in the Dept. of Biochemistry.

Emily Miller received a 2012 Keystone Symposia Scholarship to present a talk at the Keystone Symposium meeting Cell Biology of Virus Entry, Replication, and Pathogenesis in Whistler, B.C., March 26-31, 2012. Emily completed her thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Kartik Chandran in the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology.

Vivek Patel has been awarded a highly competitive 2011 AMA Foundation Seed Grant. His project is entitled "Post-transcriptional Misregulation of RNAs by IMPs drives Malignant Transformation." Vivek is performing his PhD thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Robert SInger in the Dept. of Anatomy & Structural Biology.
ABSTRACT: Insulin-like growth factor II messenger RNA binding proteins (IMPs) are a family of developmentally essential oncofetal RNA-binding proteins. IMPs haven proven to be reliable prognostic and diagnostic biomarkers for multiple neoplastic conditions, emphasizing their fundamental role in the mechanism of malignant transformation. IMPs are capable of sequence specific RNA recognition and regulation, as originally shown by the interaction of IMP1 with a 54-nucleotide cis-acting element in the 3ʹ untranslated region (UTR) of the β-actin mRNA, the “zipcode.” IMPs are required for localization, stability, and translational control of multiple mRNAs; altered regulation of these processes by IMPs may explain their role in tumor progression. It is our hypothesis that elucidating the complete array of RNA ligands of IMP proteins will reveal the specific cellular functions and pathways subject to post-transcriptional misregulation by IMPs during tumorigenesis. These mechanistic studies may provide insight into novel therapeutic strategies for the broad array of cancers reliant on IMP oncoproteins.

Jesus Jimenez received a prestigious 2011 American Heart Association Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Outreach Award. Jesus completed his PhD thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Jil Tardiff in the Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics.

Sung-Min Park has been awarded a prestigious Grass Foundation Fellowship for the Summer of 2011. His project is entitled "Is Neuronal Averaging Possible?" The Grass Foundation Fellowships allow early stage investigators planning careers in neuroscience to pursue independent research projects at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. Sung-Min is completing his PhD thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Kamran Khodakhah in the Dept. of Neuroscience.

Emily Miller was awarded a Student Travel Grant from the American Society of Virology to attend the 2011 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN in July. She gave a talk entitled “Inhibition of Ebola Virus Entry by a C-Peptide Targeted to Endosomes”. Emily works in the laboratory of Dr. Kartik Chandran in the Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology.

Saurabh Gombar was awarded a Travel Award to attend the "System Biology of Cancer and Aging" meeting in July 2011. He presented a poster entitled: "MicroRNA Discovery and Profiling in Humans Exhibiting Exceptional Lifespan." Saurabh works in the research group of Dr. Aviv Bergman in the Dept. of Systems and Computational Biology.

Dan Ishihara received a Travel Award to attend the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in Philadelphia, December 11-15, 2010. He is an invited speaker in the Minisymposium “Cancer and Cancer Microenvironment”. His talk is entitled "WASp is required for macrophage and breast carcinoma cell paracrine regulation in the tumor microenvironment leading to tumor progression and metastasis". Dan works in the laboratory of Dr. Dianne Cox in the Dept. of Anatomy and Structural Biology.

Ed Manning received the Best Poster Award and was invited to give a talk at the 2010 Myofilament Meeting: Myofilament Control Mechanisms in Contraction and Relaxation sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Research Center. Ed works in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Schwartz in the Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics.

Robert Tamayev received a Travel Award to attend the July 2010 Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was selected to give an oral presentation entitled "Do Bri2 mutations cause early onset Alzheimer's Disease?" Robert works in the laboratory of Dr. Luciano D'Adamio in the Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology.

Dan Ishihara was awarded a Keystone Symposium Scholarship to attend the "Molecular and Cellular Biology of Immune Escape in Cancer" conference in Keystone, CO in Feb. 2010. He presented a poster entitled "Function of WASP on Macrophage Motility and EGF secretion in the Tumor Microenvironment." Dan works in the laboratory of Dr. Dianne Cox in the Dept. of Anatomy and Structural Biology.

Chunwei (Walter) Lai was awarded a full scholarship to attend the American Gastroenterology Association 2010 Attracting MD/PhD Students into Gastroenterology Workshop in Phoenix, AZ in March 2010. Walter works with Erik Snapp in the Dept. of Anatomy and Structural Biology.

Arlene Bravo was selected as a Neuroscience Scholar by the Society for Neuroscience. This award provides three years of travel funds and registration to the Neuroscience meetings and supplemental funds for other enrichment activities. This program is supported by a grant from NINDS to the Society for Neuroscience. Arlene works with Zaven Kaprielian in the Dept. of Neuroscience.

Toni Roberts received the Pioneer Award for Outstanding Junior Investigator and a Travel Award from the International Society for Neurovirology. She gave an invited talk entitled "The Role of Cell Adhesion Molecules in HIV-1 Neuropathology" at the annual meeting in Miami, FL (June 2-6, 2009). Toni works with Joan Berman in the Dept. of Pathology.

Jesus Jimenez was awarded a Keystone Symposia Scholarship award to attend the “Common Mechanisms in Arrhythmias and Heart Failure” Keystone Symposia conference held in Keystone, CO (April 2-7, 2009). He presented a poster entitled “β-adrenergic receptor drugs induce abnormal heart rate responses in murine hearts with FHC-related cardiac troponin T mutations.” Jesus works with Jil Tardiff in the Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics.

Dmitriy Kedrin was awarded a full scholarship to attend the American Gastroenterology Association 2009 Attracting MD/PhD Students into Gastroenterology Workshop in Phoenix, AZ in March 2009. Dmitriy worked with Jeff Segall in the Dept. of Anatomy and Structural Biology.

Jonathan (Tsoni) Peled won a Travel Award to attend the American Society of Hematology, Annual Meeting in December 2008. Tsoni worked with Matty Scharff in the Dept. of Cell Biology.

Agnes Mwakingwe won the 2008 Young Investigator Award for her presentation entitled "Real-Time In Vivo Imaging of Liver Stages of Plasmodium yoelii: Gfp/Luciferase Reporter Parasites" at the 2008 meeting of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygine. Agnes also won a Travel Award to attend the meeting. Agnes works with Kami Kim in the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology.

Kurt Marsden won a Travel Award from the Society for Neuroscience to attend the 2008 Annual Meeting in Washington DC in November. His abstract is entitled "Redistribution of CaMKII to inhibitory synapses following NMDA receptor activation." Kurt works with Reed Carroll in the Dept. of Neuroscience

Enko Kiprilov won Travel Awards from the Ammerican Association of Anatomists to attend the FASEB Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego, in April 2008; an award from CSCR/MWAFMR to attend their meeting in Chicago, IL in April 2008 and a Travel Award to attend the First International Symposium on Human Embryonic Stem Cells in Evry, France in January 2008. Enko works with Rhoda Hirsch in the Dept. of Anatomy and Structural Biology.

Joe Sabat won a Travel Award to present a poster entitled "Proximal Ligand Switching Mechanism of iNOS" at the 2008 Biophysical Society meeting in Long Beach, CA. Joe works with Drs. Rousseau and Yeh in the Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics.

Ayana Jordan won a Travel Award to attend the upcoming meeting on "Tolerance in Transplantation and Autoimmunity", Jan 29 - Feb 3, 2008, at Keystone Resort in Keystone,Colorado. Ayana works in Dr. Fernando Macian's lab in the Dept. of Pathology.

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