July 2016 News
Joanna Slusky (assistant professor) has been named a finalist for the Moore Inventor Fellowship, a competition to identify outstanding inventors who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care.
Scott Hefty (associate professor) has been awarded a National Institutes of Health Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21) from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease for his project entitled “Transposon Mutagenesis in Chlamydia trachomatis.” Chlamydia trachomatis is a medically important bacterium for which factors and basic mechanisms for causing disease are poorly understood. This proposal is designed to discover these factors important for disease and direct future efforts for prevention or treatment of these infections.
Jeff McFarlane (graduate student, Lamb lab) will be appointed to the National Institutes of Health funded Graduate Training Program in the Dynamic Aspects of Chemical Biology on July 1 for a term of two years.
Aidan Dmitriev (undergraduate, Hefty lab) has been named a Star Trainee from the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. This award provides a stipend, funds for research expenses, and travel to a scientific meeting. Aidan will be addressing the challenge of the relatively large portion of functionally unknown proteins encoded by the clinically important bacteria, Chlamydia trachomatis, using structural proteomics approaches. These efforts will facilitate functional annotation to better understand the role of these currently uncharacterized proteins in the biology of Chlamydia.
Mackenzie Bloom (undergraduate, Neufeld lab) has been named a Star Trainee from the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. This award provides a stipend, funds for research expenses, and travel to a scientific meeting. Mackenzie will be investigating the link between stem cell proliferation and intestinal tumorigenesis.