April 2020 News
Dan Dixon was promoted to full professor. Congratulations Dan!
Two KUMB scientists have contributed to efforts to help set up COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Pratik Koirala (graduate student, Chandler lab) helped set up early testing in his country (Nepal), and alumna Heba Mostafa helped set up testing at Johns Hopkins.
KUMB is here for you! Susan Egan (professor), Scott Hefty (professor), and Erik Lundquist (professor) worked together to accept supplies from across campus to aid in COVID-19 testing efforts. You can read about it in this LJWorld article.
Angelica Lang (undergraduate, Lundquist lab) is the recipient of a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier undergraduate award for academically gifted students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Angelica will be studying the role of basement membrane collagen as a guidance cue for directed neuronal migration. Collette Wright (undergraduate, Lamb lab) is one of three other students to be nominated by KU. Collette is studying the regulation of an enzyme that could serve as a target for diabetes and personalized medicine. Read more about KU’s nominees in KU Today article.
Andie Cassity (postdoc, Lamb lab) is the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) for her project entitled “Nicotianamine Synthases of Opine Metallophore Biosynthesis.” Andie will be studying the structure and function of enzymes required by bacteria to acquire metal ions from the environment.
Tom Hill (postdoc, Unckless lab) was awarded a Kansas INBRE postdoctoral fellowship for his project entitled “Understanding host-virus coevolution and viral trade-offs using a Drosophila DNA virus”.