July 2020


Kristi Neufeld (professor) and Eileen Hotze (lecturer) were recognized as “Favorite Professors” by the Biology Class of 2020 at the University of Kansas Undergraduate Biology Virtual Recognition Ceremony on May 16.



Tori Paolillo (post-doc, Lundquist lab; PhD recipient, Oakley lab) started a position as Genome Analyst in the Genomic Medicine Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO.

Jennifer Klaus (PhD recipient, Chandler lab) successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Genetic and functional characterization of antimicrobial secondary metabolites produced by Burkholderia species" on June 11.

Matt Ochs (PhD recipient, Lundquist lab) successfully defended his dissertation entitled "New insights into the regulatory network controlling neuroblast migration in C. elegans" on June 18.

Taybor Parker (PhD recipient, Neufeld lab) successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Wnt signaling in human colonocytes: roles for the tumor suppressor APC inβ-catenin cytoplasmic retention and destruction complex localization" on June 2.

Zhe Yang (PhD recipient, Buechner lab) successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Terminal Web and Associated Proteins Mediate Signaling to Promote Nematode Single-Cell Tubulogenesis" on May 6.

Jennifer Amrein (PhD candidate, Dixon lab) was awarded trainee support by the University of Kansas Cancer Center match position to the NIH funded Chemistry Biology Training Grant.


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Aaron Rudeen (PhD candidate, Neufeld lab) gave an oral presentation entitled “Region of APC retained by colon tumors is intrinsically disordered and maintains conformational flexibility upon binding β-catenin” at the University of Kansas Cancer Center’s 7th Annual Cancer Biology Research Program Meeting, on May 28.

Yoshi Azuma (professor) also gave an oral presentation entitled “Regulation of chromosomal SUMOylated proteins by PICH: Can PICH be a therapeutic target for TNBC?”

Eighty-three faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students attended, and learned from presenters representing KU Cancer Center, The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Children's Mercy, and Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Along with the featured presenters, attendees also were able to participate in seven different breakout rooms for more intimate collaborations based on their field of study. Kristi Neufeld (professor), co-leader of the Cancer Biology Research Program, was a meeting organizer.


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Parthasarathy S, Jordan LD, Schwarting N, Woods MA, Abdullahi Z, Varahan S, Passos PMS, Miller B, Hancock LE. (2020) Involvement of Chromosomally Encoded Homologs of the RRNPP Protein Family in Enterococcus faecalis Biofilm Formation and UTI Pathogenesis J Bacteriol. 2020 Jun 15:JB.00063-20. doi: 10.1128/JB.00063-20. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32540933

Matthew E. Ochs, Matthew P. Josephson, and Erik A. Lundquist. (2020) The Predicted RNA-Binding Protein ETR-1/CELF1 Acts in Muscles To Regulate Neuroblast Migration in Caenorhabditis elegans G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. doi:10.1534/g3.120.401182. Early online May 12, 2020.


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