Biochemistry & Cancer Biology

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Dr. Kathryn Eisenmann Receives First Medical Research Society Award

Dr. Kate Eisenmann
has received the very first grant awarded from the University of Toledo Medical Research Society.  The $50K grant will support her research for drug development that will allow cancer-fighting treatments to more effectively penetrate tumor cells.
UTNews, June 29, 2015
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Congratulations to CAB Alumni Michael Robinson, PhD

Mike will be awarded the Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences Program Outstanding Student award at The Class of 2015 Graduation Awards Ceremony on May 28.  He completed his PhD training in June 2013 in the labs of Dr. William Maltese and Dr. Paul Erhardt.


2015 Graduate Research Forum Cancer Biology Student Finalists


Congratulations to Cancer Biology students Kari Lavik (Eisenmann lab) for 1st place oral presentation and Ila Datar (Yeung lab) for 3rd place poster presentation at the 2015 Graduate Research Forum.  There were 34 competing students from all four Biomedical Sciences tracks and the College of Pharmacy.  Each winner went through 2-3 rounds of screening to win their awards.

The Keynote Speaker this year was Dr. Keith T. Flaherty, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Director of Developmental Therapeutics, Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dr. Flaherty's seminar was entitled "Leveraging Molecular Biology in Cancer Therapy to Develop Rationale Targeted therapy: the Case Made by Melanoma"


Cancer Biology Students Receive Scholarships

Gaurav Mehta (de la Serna lab) has been named the 2015 Robert N. Whiteford Memorial Scholarship recipient.  This award is presented to a graduate student to assist in research for thesis, project or dissertation and further the student's professional development. 

Archit Trivedi (de la Serna lab) received the 2014-2015 GSA Graduate Research Award.  The funds will be used for his research entitled "Role of Bromodomain Containing Proteins in SWI/SNF Mediated Melanogenesis"


Dr. Lijun Liu Receives Travel Grant

Dr. Lijun Liu, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Cancer Biology, has been awarded a travel grant from the Foy & Phyllis Penn Kohler Fund for International Studies Studies to support her research collaboration with Aarhus University in Denmark.  The travel grant program provides support to carry out activities that directly benefit the University of Toledo by internationalizing the campus and/or curriculum.  She will travel to Denmark this spring to meet with her collaborator Dr. Natalya Fedosova. 


Manning Paper 2nd Most Highly Cited Publication in Journal of Neuroendocrinology


Dr. Manning recently received a letter from Dr. Tehmina Amin, Managing Editor, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, notifying him and his co-authors that their paper*, with 16 citations, was the second most highly cited paper in the journal in 2013.

*Manning, M., Misicka, A., Olma, A., Bankowski, K., Stoev, S., Chini, B., Duroux, T., Mouillac, B., Corbani, M., and Guillon, G. (2012) Oxytocin and Vasopressin Agonists and Antagonists as Research Tools and Potential Therapeutics. J. Neuroendocrinol., 24:609-628.


Cancer Biology Students Receive Travel Awards


Congratulations to Cancer Biology students, Shweta Aras and Archit Trivedi, recipients of two travels awards to the 2014 International Pigment Cell Conference to be held in Singapore, Malaysia, Sept. 4-7, 2014.  They both were awarded $1,000 each from the International Federation of Pigment Cell Society and $600 each from the PanAmerican Society for Pigment Cell Research. 

sa Shweta will present an oral presentation on her work entitled "To Investigate the Role of Baf60a in Melanocyte Differentiation"
at Archit will present a poster on his work entitled "The Role of BRD4 in Melanogenesis"

Both students are mentored by Dr. Ivana de la Serna


Cancer Biology Student Articles Published in the Toledo Blade


The Toledo Blade is publishing a  series of articles written by Biomedical Sciences students here at the University of Toledo College of Medicine & Life Sciences.  Following are the first two in the series by our Cancer Biology students:

Nneka Mbah (7/6/15) - Investigating ways to treat aggressive brain cancer

Gaurav Mehta (6/1/15) - Investigating link to proteins in heart failure

Shweta Aras (2/2/15) - Shining a light on the darkness of melanoma

Ila Datar (10/13/14) - The ongoing battle against melanoma

Jessica Arden (6/2/14) - Stopping cell movement in glioblastoma

Akshada Sawant (5/5/14) - UT doctoral students fight to tame cancer genes


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Cancer Biology Student Finalists in 2014 Graduate Research Forum


Congratulations to Cancer Biology students Nneka Mbah, Gaurav Mehta and Meghan Wyse for their wins at the 2014 Graduate Research Forum.  A total of 38 students participated from all four Biomedical Sciences tracks and the College of Pharmacy.  Each winner went through 2-3 rounds of screening to win their awards. 

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Nneka Mbah (Maltese lab)                   Gaurav Mehta (de la Serna lab)               Meghan Wyse (Eisenmann lab)
1st Place Poster Presentation               1st Place Oral Presentation                     2nd Place Oral Presentation

Congratulations to Cancer Biology student, Nneka Mbah


Congratulations to Nneka Mbah (Maltese lab) for winning 3rd place in the Oral Presentation category at the Graduate Student Association 5th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium held March 29, 2014.  The symposium has been recognized as a premier event and offers great opportunities for student to present their research, networking, and fostering intercollegiate friendships and collaborations. 

Ms. Mbah also received a $1,500 Millennium Scholar-in-Training award from the American Association for Cancer Research.  The award provides financial support for AACR meeting attendance to offset expenses incurred attending the program.  Nneka  presented a poster at the AACR annual meeting (San Diego, April 5-9) entitled "Non-apoptotic death induced in glioma cells by the indole-based chalcone, MOMIPP, involves disruption of endolysosomal trafficking and ER stress" (N.E. Mbah, A.D. Trunk, B.A. Dewitt, J.H. Overmeyer and W.A. Maltese).
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Congratulations to Cancer Biology students
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Congratulations to Cancer Biology track students, Kaitlyn Dvorak and Tupa Basuroy on their election to the board of the University of Toledo Council of Biomedical Graduate Students (CBGS) for the 2014-2015 school year!

Board Secretary - Kaitlyn Dvorak, 3rd year
Cancer Biology Representative - Tupa Basuroy, 2nd year
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Congratulations to Cancer Biology track students, Nneka Mbah and Kaitlyn Dvorak on their election to the board of the University of Toledo Council of Biomedical Graduate Students (CBGS) for the 2013-2014 school year!

Board Secretary - Nneka Mbah, 3rd year
Cancer Biology Representative - Kaitlyn Dvorak, 2nd year

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2015 Thesis Defense

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CONGRATULATIONS to Ila Datar, Ph.D.!
Dr. Data successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Positive and Negative Regulators of Tumorigenesis and Metastasis" on July 23, 2015.  She has been mentored by Dr. Kam Yeung and Dr. Ivana de la Serna.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Archit Trivedi, Ph.D.!
Dr. Trivedi successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Bromodomain Containing Proteins in Melanocyte Differentiation and Melanoma" on July 15, 2015.  He has been mentored Dr. Ivana de la Serna.

sa CONGRATULATIONS to Shweta Aras, Ph.D.!
Dr. Aras successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Role of SWI/SNF Chromatin Remodeling Enzymes in Melanocyte Differentiation and DNA Damage Response to Ultraviolet Radiation" on July 13, 2015.  She has been mentored by Dr. Ivana de la Serna
gm CONGRATULATIONS to Gaurav Mehta, Ph.D.!
Dr. Mehta successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Role of transcription factor MITF and SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling enzyme subunit BRG1 in the regulation of pathological cardiac hypertrophy" on June 3, 2015.  He has been mentored by Dr. Ivana de la Serna.  Dr. Mehta has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Jonathan Epstein, Dept of Medicine & Penn Cardiovascular Institute at Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
2014 Thesis Defense

as CONGRATULATIONS to Akshada Sawant, Ph.D.!
Dr. Sawant successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Role of Base Excision Repair and Mismatch Repair Proteins in the Processing of Cisplatin Interstrand Cross-Links" on June 19, 2014.  She has been mentored by Dr. Steve Patrick.  Dr. Sawant has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Wayne State University, Karmanos Cancer Center.
mw CONGRATULATIONS to Meghan Wyse, Ph.D.!
Dr. Wyse successfully defended her dissertation entitled "CXCL12 Mediated Regulation of the Cytoskeletal Regulator mDia2 Formin Induces Amoeboid Conversions and Cellular Plasticity in Migrating Human Breast Carcinoma Cells" on June 3, 2014.  She has been mentored by Dr. Kate Eisenmann.  Dr. Wyse has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD.
ja CONGRATULATIONS to Jessica Arden, Ph.D.!
Dr. Arden successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Diaphanous-Related Formin Hyperactivation is Superior to its Inactivation as an Anti-Invasive Strategy for Glioblastoma" on May 29, 2014.  She has mentored by Dr. Kate Eisenmann.  Jess will return to medical school in July to complete years 3 and 4 to receive her M.D. degree.
 
 

 
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