Summer 2021 News

Dan Dixon (professor) received a Pilot Project Award from the KU Cancer Center, entitled Colon Cancer Chemoprevention Through Inhibition of Exportin 1 (XPO1).




Erik Lundquist (professor) was the recipient of the 2021 Grant Goodman Undergraduate Mentor Award through the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.




Liang Xu (professor) in collaboration with Dr. Yong Zeng at University of Florida, received an NIH multi-PI R33 grant from the National Cancer Institute, entitled Integrative Functional Profiling of Tumor-Derived Extracellular Vesicles.



Yinglong Miao (assistant professor) received an OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry provided by the American Chemical Society in fall 2021.




Jessie Perlmutter (postdoc, Unckless lab) was awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for her work on the evolution of a novel mutualism.



Jennifer Amrein (graduate student, Dixon lab) was awarded trainee support by the University of Kansas Cancer Center match position to the NIH funded Chemistry Biology Training Grant.




Evan Kauffman (undergraduate, Dixon lab) was selected to be a 2021 Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Translational Scholar.

Hunter Duke joined the Unckless lab as a research assistant. They will work on genetic conflict in Drosophila. 


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Kristi Neufeld (professor) co-leader of the Cancer Biology Program at the University of Kansas Cancer Center was featured on the center’s weekly facebook live series #BenchToBedside on May 12, 2021. The episode, which has had 7.8K views, covered the role of basic science in cancer treatment advances.

Kristi Neufeld (professor) was selected to present a Poster of Distinction during Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2021, which took place virtually from May 21 – 23, 2021. The presentation was titled Elevated Adenomatous Polyposis Coli in Goblet Cells is Associated with Inflammation in Mouse and Human Colon.

Yinglong Miao (assistant professor) gave an invited virtual talk, Accelerated Computer Simulations and Drug Design of G-Protein-Coupled Receptors, for the Bavarian Graduate School, Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) - Erlangen and University of Regensburg, Germany, June 11, 2021.

Yinglong Miao (assistant professor) gave an invited in-person and virtual talk, Computing biomolecular binding thermodynamics and kinetics from accelerated molecular simulations, for Mathematics in Action: Modeling and analysis in molecular biology and electrophysiology, Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, Jiangsu, China, June 10-13, 2021.


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Bhattarai A, Pawnikar S, & Miao Y* (2021) Mechanism of ligand recognition by human ACE2 receptor. J Phys Chem Lett.

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