May 2016 News
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Eric Deeds has been promoted to associate professor with tenure. Dr. Deeds earned his PhD at Harvard University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. His lab is focused on understanding the self-assembly dynamics of macromolecular machines, as well as the flow of information in complex signaling networks.
Roberto De Guzman has been promoted to full professor. Dr. De Guzman earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), was a post-doctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute, and joined KU in 2005. His research area is in NMR structural biology of bacterial virulence proteins with a goal of developing new antibiotics.
Kristi Neufeld has been promoted to full professor. Dr. Neufeld was a research assistant professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the Huntsman Cancer Institute before she relocated to KU in 2003. Prior to that, she completed a PhD and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Utah. Her laboratory is focused on understanding how the Adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) protein suppresses colon carcinogenesis.
Liang Xu has been promoted to full professor. Dr. Xu earned his Ph.D. at Forth Military Medical University in China, and obtained postdoctoral training at Stanford University. He started his lab on cancer biology at University of Michigan and relocated to KU in 2010. His research is focused on cancer drug discovery targeting cancer stem cells and translational research on precision cancer medicine.
Christian Ray (assistant professor) is the recipient of a Pilot Project Grant from the Center for Molecular Analysis of Disease Pathways (CMADP) NIH Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for his proposal entitled “An integrative platform for cell-resolution analysis of the acute-to-chronic transition in bacterial pathogens.” The goal of this work is to understand how changes in the rate of cellular growth affect the ability of bacteria to survive stressful situations, opening new avenues for treating infections that resist antibiotic treatment.
Kelly Harrison (graduate student, Hefty lab) is the recipient of the 2015-16 KU Graduate Research Competition Award, based on her poster presentation entitled “Discovery of Genetic Correlates Encoded by Chlamydia that are Important for Mammalian Infection” on March 27. The award includes a cash prize to be awarded at the Graduate Student Awards Ceremony on April 27.
Annie Lynn (undergraduate student, Tang lab) is the recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship. The United States Congress established the program in 1986, and it focuses on ensuring a continuing source of scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 annually to cover undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board, and books. Read more in the KU Today article Two KU Juniors earn Goldwater Scholarships.