Congratulations to Susan Waltz, PhD!
3/24/20: Dr. Waltz, Cancer Biology professor, has been awarded an NIH R01 from the National Cancer Institute. The five year grant entitled “Defining genetic and metabolic requirements of aggressive breast cancer” will identify, at the molecular level, anti-neoplastic strategies that target breast cancer stem cells/tumor initiating cells and take advantage of tumor cell selective metabolic processes to ultimately lessen disease related mortality.
Congratulations to Ayusman Dash and Laurel Romano, Graduate Students in the Cancer and Cell Biology Graduate Program!
3/4/20: Both students were awarded the Graduate Student Government Research Fellowship award, which provides a monetary prize towards their research expenses.
Congratulations to David Plas, PhD!
Dr. Plas, Cancer Biology professor, has been awarded an NIH R01 from the National Cancer Institute. The five year grant entitled “Co-targeting S6 and TAM kinases in PTEN-deficient glioblastoma” will support experiments to target the S6K and TAM family of tyrosine kinases in glioblastoma.
Congratulations to Vivienne Woo for being awarded the Cardell Fellow for 2019!
Vivienne, working in Theresa Alenghat’s lab, received a monetary award to use for professional development, and gave a special departmental seminar during the 2019 Fall semester.
Welcome Yanbo Fan, PhD!
Effective 10/15/19: Dr. Yanbo Fan will join the University of Cincinnati as an assistant professor in the Department of Cancer Biology. Dr. Fan’s research will focus on defining the role of transcription factor EB (TFEB), a master regulatory gene for autophagy and lysosome biogenesis, in vascular endothelial and smooth muscle cells important for angiogenesis, cancer metastasis, aneurysm and other vascular and metabolic diseases.
Congratulations to Xiaoting Zhang, PhD!
Dr. Zhang, Cancer Biology professor, has been awarded his second NIH R01 from the National Cancer Institute. The five year grant entitled “Small RNAs in Breast Cancer Metastasis” will focus on the regulation and function of a key tissue-specific estrogen receptor coactivator MED1 and its upstream and downstream small RNA pathways in breast cancer.
Congratulations to JJ Diao, PhD!
Dr. Diao, Cancer Biology assistant professor, has been awarded an NIH R21 from the National Institute on Aging. The two year grant entitled “Single-molecule study of alpha-synuclein” will focus on multiple single-molecule/single-particle biophysical and biochemical assays used to characterize the oligomerization and function of α-synuclein in membrane environments mimicking presynaptic terminals.
Congratulations to Maria Czyzyk-Krzeska, PhD!
Dr. Czyzyk-Krzeska, Cancer Biology professor, has been awarded an NIH R01 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The four year grant entitled “Mechanisms of selective autophagy” will focus on a novel, selective, human-specific autophagy downstream from the von Hippel Lindau tumor suppressor gene; a pathway that is regulated by several non-canonical regulators and targets for degradation of oncogenic cargo.