March 2018 News
Dan Dixon (associate professor) joins the Department of Molecular Biosciences faculty. Dr. Dixon is transferring his laboratory from the KU Medical Center campus where he is the Cancer Prevention & Survivorship Program Co-Leader at the University of Kansas National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center. The Dixon lab will continue their research exploring the role of post-transcriptional gene regulation in cancer.
Kristi Neufeld (professor) was appointed as a Frank B Tyler professor in Cancer Research. Frank B. Tyler was a 1947 University of Kansas graduate who died in 2003, leaving a gift to advance cancer research efforts. The funding will support Neufeld’s research which aims to define the underlying mechanisms for growth control of normal intestinal tissue, explaining how alterations in a specific tumor suppressor gene, APC, lead to colorectal cancer development. See pg. 1 of Beyond The Bench.
Jinan Wang (postdoc, Miao Lab) joins the department from the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Wang will mainly work on method development and computer simulations of biomolecular recognition, such as protein-protein/nucleic acid interactions and ligand binding.