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.




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July 2016 Presentations

Rob Ward (associate professor) was the guest speaker at the Science Café Woo in Worchester, Massachusetts, presenting a talk entitled “Small Fly, Big insight into growth: using fly genetics to understand tissue specific growth” on June 20.  The science cafe is organized by postdocs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  The goal of the cafe is to showcase scientists and provide them a platform to showcase the importance of their work to the non-science community.


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July 2016 Publications

Gruseendorf KA, Trezza CJ, Salem AT, Al-Hashimi H, Mattingly BC, Kampmeyer DE, Khan L, Hall DH, Gobel V, Ackley BD, Buechner M. Facilitation of Endosomal Recycling by an IRG Protein Homologue Maintains Apical Tubule Structure in Caenorhabditis elegans. Genetics [Epub ahead of print]

Sridharan V, Azuma Y.  SUMO-interacting motifs (SIMs) in Polo-like kinase 1-interacting checkpoint helicase (PICH) ensure proper chromosome segregation during mitosisCell Cycle [Epub ahead of print]

Yeh HH, Ahuja M, Chiang YM, Oakley CE, Moore S, Yoon O, Hajovsky H, Bok JW, Keller NP, Wang CC, Oakley BRResistance gene-guided genomie mining: serial promoter exchanges in Aspergillus nidulans reveal the biosynthetic pathway for fellutamide B, a proteasome inhibitorACS Chem Biol [Epub ahead of print]

Yoshida MM, Ting L, Gygi SP, Azuma YSUMOylation of DNA topoisomerase IIα regulates histone H3 kinase Haspin and H3 phosphorylation in mitosisJ. Cell Biol 213: 665-78.


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