April 2017 News
Liang Xu (professor) is a co-investigator of a National Cancer Institute Project Grant entitled “Synthetic Lethal Targeting of Growth Factor Receptors.” Blake Peterson (KU School of Pharmacy) is leading this project. The goal of this project is to develop a new cancer therapy targeting multiple receptors.
Sarah Mullinax (graduate student, Unckless lab) is the recipient of a Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship provides four years of support for doctoral students who “demonstrate the promise to make significant contributions to their fields of study and society as a whole.” Sarah will study the function of insect antimicrobial peptides.
Aaron Rudeen (graduate student, Neufeld lab) was selected to represent the University of Kansas at the 14th Annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit in Topeka, KS on March 10, 2017. Rudeen and seven other graduate students from KU joined peer students from other Kansas universities, including KUMC, Kansas State and Wichita State. Each participant presented a research poster for State government and education officials, as well as the general public.
Kathryn Brewer (undergraduate, Lamb lab) has been nominated by the University of Kansas for a Goldwater Scholarship, a premier undergraduate award to encourage excellence in science, engineering and mathematics. Kathryn will be studying the enzymes of siderophore biosynthesis. Read more in the KU Today article.
Cara Davis (undergraduate, Lamb lab) is the recipient of a Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Star Trainee Award. The scholarship enables Cara to continue her research on the biosynthesis of a novel metallophore from Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague. Understanding nutrient acquisition by pathogenic bacteria provides new pathways for antimicrobial drug design.
The Molecular Bioscience Graduate Student Organization (MB-GSO) hosted a science education program for Japanese high school students from the global science education program at the University of Fukui, Japan. From March 20 to 24, fifteen Japanese high school students shadowed research activity in seven laboratories in our department. Graduate students in each laboratory mentored high schools students in laboratory experiments and preparation of a presentation.