MB Trainee Accomplishments

Kelsey Hooper (graduate student, Lundquist lab) successfully defended her PhD dissertation titled: “A ventral source of UNC-6/Netrin is not required for dorsal-ventral axon guidance”  on November 30, 2023.  She started a job as a Genome Analyst for GenDX, a medical genetics diagnostics company.

Catherine Kerr (graduate student, Fehr Lab) successfully defended her PhD dissertation titled “ Insights into the novel interactions between the coronavirus macrodomain and the host innate immune response “ on January 12, 2024.

Jenna Barnes (undergraduate student, Orozco Lab) was awarded the  ‘Award of Excellence’ in recognition of her poster presentation at the 22nd Annual K-INBRE Symposium held in Manhattan, KS on January 12-14, 2024 .  Poster Title: Impact of Ptpn22 Autoimmunity-associated allele on Dendritic Cell Type I Interferon Production.”

Lanjing Wei (Ph.D. student at the KU Bioengineering Graduate Program, mentored by Liang Xu) successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled: “Sensitizing cancer to chemotherapy by targeting the RNA-binding protein HuR”, on February 28, 2024. She has accepted an offer to do post-doc training at the cancer biology program in Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University, Boston, starting next month.