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August 2015 News
Mizuki Azuma (associate professor) and Chad Slawson (KUMC) are the recipients of a pilot project grant from the Cancer Biology Program of the KU Cancer Center for their proposal entitled “Regulation of EWS-Aurora B pathway during mitosis and tumorigenesis.” This project will elucidate the pathogenesis of a childhood bone cancer, Ewing sarcoma, by analyzing the EWS-Aurora B dependent regulation of mitosis.
Matthew Buechner (associate professor) has accepted a temporary appointment as a visiting scientist and program officer in the Division of Organismal Systems (Developmental Biology) at the National Science Foundation starting July 13. At the NSF, Dr. Buechner will help review and fund research grant applications. He will continue to maintain his research lab at KU and mentor graduate students.
Liang Xu (associate professor), along with collaborator Jeffrey Aube (University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy) is the recipient of a Research Project Grant from the National Cancer Institute for their project entitled “Molecular cancer therapy targeting HuR-ARE interaction.” This award totals $2.16 million over the next five years and is aimed at finding more potent and specific HuR inhibitors which may serve as new therapies for cancer. Dr. Xu also had his technology featured at the TechConnect World Conference and Expo in Washington, DC. June 14-17, 2015. This invention finds new compounds that inhibit Musashi activity and specifically kill cancer cells or delay cancer growth, while not affecting normal cells.
Audrey Lamb (professor) served as a co-vice chair of the Enzymes, Coenzymes and Metabolic Pathways Gordon Research Conference in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, July 12-17.
Angela Fowler (graduate student, Davido lab) is the recipient of the Cora M. Downs Award to attend the International Herpesvirus Workshop, July 25 - 29 in Boise, Idaho. She presented a talk and a poster entitled, "Specific CDKs enhance HSV-1 viral replication and interact with the immediate-early phosphoprotein, ICP0.”