April 2020 News

Josie Chandler and Joanna Slusky were recently promoted to associate professor.  Congratulations Josie and Joanna!




Dan Dixon was promoted to full professor.  Congratulations Dan!





Two KUMB scientists have contributed to efforts to help set up COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Pratik Koirala (graduate student, Chandler lab) helped set up early testing in his country (Nepal), and alumna Heba Mostafa helped set up testing at Johns Hopkins.

KUMB is here for you!  Susan Egan (professor), Scott Hefty (professor), and Erik Lundquist (professor) worked together to accept supplies from across campus to aid in COVID-19 testing efforts.  You can read about it in this LJWorld article.


Angelica Lang (undergraduate, Lundquist lab) is the recipient of a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier undergraduate award for academically gifted students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Angelica will be studying the role of basement membrane collagen as a guidance cue for directed neuronal migration.  Collette Wright (undergraduate, Lamb lab) is one of three other students to be nominated by KU.  Collette is studying the regulation of an enzyme that could serve as a target for diabetes and personalized medicine.  Read more about KU’s nominees in KU Today article.


Andie Cassity (postdoc, Lamb lab) is the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) for her project entitled “Nicotianamine Synthases of Opine Metallophore Biosynthesis.”  Andie will be studying the structure and function of enzymes required by bacteria to acquire metal ions from the environment.



Tom Hill (postdoc, Unckless lab) was awarded a Kansas INBRE postdoctoral fellowship for his project entitled “Understanding host-virus coevolution and viral trade-offs using a Drosophila DNA virus”. 





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March 2020 Presentations

Dan Dixon presented a talk entitled “Reaching Outside the Tumor Cell: Control of Exosome Secretion by HuR” at the Stephenson Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, February 28.

Audrey Lamb (professor) gave an invited talk entitled “Two vignettes: Opine metallophore and riboflavin biosynthesis by bacterial pathogens” at the University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, February 13.

Berl Oakley (professor) gave an invited talk entitled “How McrA regulates secondary metabolism” at the European Congress on Fungal Genetics 15, Rome, Italy, February 19.

Berl Oakley (professor) presented a poster “How McrA regulates secondary metabolism” at the 17th International Aspergillus Conference, Rome, Italy, February 16.


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April 2020 Publications

Albert Zhang, Brian D. Ackley, and Dong Yan.  Vitamin B12 Regulates Glial Migration and Synapse Formation through Isoform-Specific Control of PTP3/LAR PRTP ExpressionCell Reports 2020; 30(12): 3981-3988.

Meagan Kurland, Bryn O’Meara, Dana K. Tucker, and Brian AckleyThe Hox Gene egl-5 Acts as a Terminal Selector for VD13 Development via Wnt Signaling. J. Dev. Biol. 2020; 8(1): 5.

Anabel Soldano, Huili Yao, Josephine R. Chandler, and Mario Rivera.  Inhibiting Iron Mobilization from Bacterioferritin in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Impairs Biofilm Formation Irrespective of Environmental Iron AvailabilityACS Infect Dis. 2020; 6(3): 447-458.

E. Peter Greenberg, Josephine R. Chandler, and Mohammad R. Seyedsayamdost.  The Chemistry and Biology of Bactobolin: A 10-Year Collaboration with Natural Product Chemist Extraordinaire Jon ClardyJ. Nat. Prod. 2020; 83(3): 738-743.

Brittny R. Smith and Stuart J. MacdonaldDissecting the Genetic Basis of Variation in Drosophila Sleep Using a Multiparental QTL Mapping Resource. Genes 2020; 11(3): E294.

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