November 2014 News
Yoshiaki Azuma (associate professor), together with Nancy Muma and Jeff Staudinger (Pharmacology and Toxicology), co-organized the Midwest Regional SUMO Symposium held on October 13 on the KU campus. The symposium was supported by the Level 1 Strategic Initiative Grant “Consortium Targeting Small Ubiquitin-related Modifier (SUMO) for the Treatment of Inflammatory-Related Diseases” and featured keynote speaker Michael Matunis, Ph.D., Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Rebecca Marquez (postdoc, Xu lab) is the recipient of a Susan G. Komen Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. This grant provides $180,000 over three years for breast cancer research. Dr. Marquez’s research focuses on designing novel microRNA delivery systems to prevent and treat metastatic breast cancer. Read the Susan G. Komen Foundation News Release. Dr. Marquez is also the recipient of a Young Investigator Travel Fellowship to attend the Symposia on Cancer Research 2014: Illuminating Genomic Dark Matter “ncRNA in Disease and Cancer” at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, in October. She presented a poster entitled “Epigenetic Silencing of Anti-metastamiR microRNA-196b in Breast Cancer“.
Kawaljit Kaur (graduate student, De Guzman Lab) received a Best Poster Presentation Award at the Seventh Great Plains Regional Annual Symposium on Protein and Biomolecular NMR (GRASP NMR) held in Lawrence, Kansas, Oct 17-18, 2014. Kawaljit is pictured with Dr. Moriah Beck, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Wichita State University, who presented the award.
Smita Paranjape (graduate student, Gamblin Lab) is the recipient of a Ritter Travel Award to support her travel to the 2014 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. where she will make a presentation “Azaphilones are novel tau aggregation inhibitors” in the Brain Wellness: Metabolism and Energetic Nanosymposium, Monday November 17th.