December 2014 News

Dr. Eric Deeds Eric Deeds (assistant professor) has been named as an External Faculty Member at the Santa Fe Institute.





 Chris Gamblin (associate professor) was honored as an Outstanding Educator by the Torch Chapter of the Mortar Board, a senior honor society, on November 14 at halftime of the KU-University of California Santa Barbara men’s basketball game.  The award recognizes dedication to KU and positive influence on students both academically and personally.


ABRCMS Meeting PhotoSonia Hall (graduate student, Ward lab, right) served as a graduate student ambassador and Audrey Lamb (associate professor, left) served as mentor and poster judge at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in San Antonio, TX, November 12-15.



Seth LewinSeth Lewin (graduate student, M. Azuma lab) was the Second Place winner in 2014 KUCC Research Symposium and Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Conference poster competition on November 8.  His poster was entitled “Ewing sarcoma protein Ewsa-dependent regulation of Ctgf in zebrafish chondrocyte maturation.”  The prize comes with a $500 travel award. 




Lauren ArneyLauren Arney (undergraduate, Lamb lab) is the recipient of the Paul A. Kitos Award For Excellence in Undergraduate Biomedical Research and the Del and Carol Shankel Biomedical Scholarship.

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December 2014 Presentations

Josie Chandler (assistant professor) gave a lecture entitled “Making friends to make war: the role of cell-cell signaling in bacterial interspecies competition” in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at the University of Kansas on November 18.

Yoshi Azuma (associate professor) gave a lecture entitled “The role of mitotic SUMOylation on the centromeric functions” in the department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics department at the University of Minnesota, on November 5.

Erik Lundquist (professor) gave a seminar presentation at Kennesaw State University Department of Biology and Physics entitled “Mechanisms of Netrin-mediated axon repulsion” on November 21.

Amber Smith (graduate student, Xu lab) gave a platform talk at the annual KU Cancer Center Research Symposium and Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Conference on November 14th at the University of Kansas, Edwards campus. Her talk was titled “A New Tale of David & Goliath; miR-137 Targets the Samurai Warrior of Cancer, Musashi-1”

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December 2014 Publications

Kemege K, Hickey JM, Barta ML, Wickstrum J, Balwalli N, Lovell S, Battaile KP, Hefty PSChlamydia trachomatis protein CT009 is a structural and functional homolog to the key morphogenesis component RodZ and interacts with division septal plane localized MreBMol Micrbiol [Epub ahead of print]

Norris AD, Sundararajan L, Morgan DE, Roberts ZJ, Lundquist EA.  The UNC-6/Netrin receptors UNC-40/DCC and UNC-5 inhibit growth cone filopodial protrusion via UNC-73/Trio, Rac-like GTPases and UNC-33/CRMPDevelopment 141: 4395-405.

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Vinidhra Sridharan (graduate student, Y. Azuma lab) presented a poster entitled “Regulation of Polo-like kinase 1 interacting checkpoint helicase (PICH) activity by SUMOylation during mitosis” at the KU Cancer Center symposium on November 12.