October 2014 News
The Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas invites applications for a faculty position at the tenure-track Assistant or Associate level in Genomics. We are seeking applications from outstanding scientists with experience in genome-level, quantitative approaches to understanding any area in modern experimental biology. A complete announcement and application procedures can be found on the KU Employment Webpages. Inquiries can be directed to Stuart Macdonald, chair of the search committee.
Stuart Macdonald (associate professor) had his recent article entitled “Fine-mapping nicotine resistance loci in Drosophila using a multiparent advanced generation intercross population” highlighted by the journal Genetics.
Kristi Neufeld (associate professor) had her research highlighted by KU News for her article entitled “Human Cancer Xenografts in Outbred Nude Mice Can Be Confounded by Polymorphisms in a Modifier of Tumorigenesis”which appears in the journal Genetics. Read the KU Today article entitled “Genetic modifier affects colon tumor formation.”
Liang Xu and Kristi Neufeld (associate professors) along with Jeff Aube (professor in Medicinal Chemistry) were awarded a Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The aim of this three year project entitled “Small molecules modulating RNA-binding protein Msi1” is to design and synthesize novel small molecule inhibitors targeting RNA-binding protein Musashi-1 (Msi1), as new chemical probes and eventually novel molecular cancer therapy that inhibit cancer with Msi1 overexpression.
Steve Benedict (professor) was named a Chancellor’s Club Teaching Professor, a prestigious recognition for a distinguished career in teaching, at the Annual Celebration of the Chancellors Club on Friday, September 26th and a reception at the Chancellors home on Saturday the 27th. Read all about Dr. Benedict’s teaching accolades in the article entitled, “Prestigious Chancellors Club Teaching Professorships awarded to faculty.”
Patricia Martins da Silva (postdoc, Chandler lab) is the recipient of a travel award from the American Society of Microbiology to present her poster entitled "Acyl-homoserine lactone-independent activation of an orphan LuxR in B. thailandensis and B. pseudomallei" at the 5th ASM Cell-Cell Communication in Bacteria meeting in San Antonio, TX, to be held October 18-21.
We welcome the following new graduate students to our program:
1st Row: Jennifer Klaus, Nan Bai, Haifa Alhadyian, Anupama Kante, Sikta Patnaik
2nd Row: Thelma Chiremba, Jin Niu
3rd Row: Robert Wilkerson, Bryce Blankenfeld, Kelly Harrison, Nootan Pandey
4th Row: Nikola Kenjic, Aaron Bart, Sudeep Shakya, Olivia Arizmendi
Rana Aliani (undergraduate, Lundquist lab) is the recipient of a KU Undergraduate Research Award for the 2014 fall semester to pursue her project “The Effects of nfm-1 on Migration of Q Neuroblasts in Caenorhabditis elegans.”