Cancer Biology Track

Cancer Biology Track News & Announcements

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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.

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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:

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



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 Jessica Arden
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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2013 Cancer Biology student achievements




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Congratulations to Shweta Aras, Gaurav Mehta, and Archit Trivedi (de la Serna lab) on receiving $500 student travel awards from the PASPCR to present their work at the 2013 annual meeting held September 8-11, 2013, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Madison, WI. gm
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Congratulations to Jessica Arden and Kari Lavik (Eisenmann lab) on receiving $300 student travel awards from The American Society of Cell Biology.  Both students will present posters at the 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans, December 2013.

Jessica Arden & Kathryn Eisenmann - The Role for mDia Formins in Rho-Directed Glioblastoma Invasion

Kari Lavik & Kathryn Eisenmann - A Collaborative Role for Neuronal-Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome Protein (N-WASp) and Mammalian Diaphanous-Related (MDia) Formins during Stage 1 Invadopodia Formation
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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, 2st year


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Congratulations to Gaurav Mehta for winning first prize for his oral presentation entitled "SWI/SF Chromatin Remodeling Enzymes in Transcriptional Regulation of Pathological Cardiac Hypertrophy," co-authored by Jian Wu and Dr. Ivana de la Serna, at the 40th Annual Pharmacology Research Colloquium, June 7, 2013, at Wayne State University.  Mr. Mehta placed first out of thirteen oral presentations.  The colloquium was attended by students, faculty and staff from Michigan State University, University of Michigan, University of Toledo, and Wayne State University.  Gaurav is mentored by Dr. Ivana de la Serna.

 
mbah Congratulations to Cancer Biology track student, Nneka Mbah (3rd year) on her election as Secretary to the board of the University of Toledo Council of Biomedical Graduate Students (CBGS) and to Shweta Aras (4th year) as the Cancer Biology Representative for the 2013-2014 school year!

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Kari Lavik

Kari Lavik, member of the Dr. Kathryn Eisenmann's lab, has been awarded the 2013 MGRS AWIS (Association for Women in Science) Award for the top woman in a STEM field.

Kari Lavik received 2nd Place for Oral Presentation at the 2013 Midwest Graduate Research Symposium, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH held April 20, 2013,  organized by the Graduate Students Association (GSA).
Title of Presentation:  "A Collaborataive Role for N-WASP and mDia Formins during Stage 1 and 2 of Invadopodia Formation".  Congratulations Kari!

Gaurav Mehta

Gaurav Mehta, member of the Dr. Ivana de la Serna’s lab, took 1st place for Oral Presentation at the 2013 Midwest Graduate Research Symposium, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH held on April 20, 2013, organized by the Graduate Students Association (GSA).
Title of Presentation:  "SWI/SNF Chromatin Remodeling Enzymes in Transcriptional Regulation of Pathological Cardiac Hypertrophy".  Congratulations Gaurav!

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Meghan Wyse, member of the Dr. Kathryn Eisenmann's lab, took 2nd Place for Oral Presentation at the 2013 Graduate Research Forum, The University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, OH on March 22, 2013.  Total of 52 students participated from all four tracks in the Biomedical Science Program and College of Pharmacy in the Graduate Research Forum 2013.  Congratulations Meghan!


Dissertation Defense Announcements


Congratulations to Dr. Sawant

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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.


Congratulations to Dr. Wyse

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.


Congratulations to Dr. Arden

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.



Congratulations to Dr. Yeo

yeo CONGRATULATIONS to Jiyoun Yeo, Ph.D.!
Dr. Yeo successfully defended her dissertation entitled "A Multiplex Two-Color Real-Time PCR Method for Quality-Controlled Molecular Diagnostic Testing of FFPE Samples" on March 31, 2014.  Jiyoun was been mentored by Dr. James Willey



Congratulations to Dr. Chari

chari CONGRATULATIONS to Venkatesh Chari, Ph.D.!
Dr. Chari successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Drug Targets to Improve the Outcome of Hormonal Adjuvant Therapy in Breast and Prostate Cancers" on November 12, 2013.  Venky has been mentored by Dr. Manohar Ratnam and has accepted a position as Staff Scientist at Life Technologies.



Congratulations to Dr. Patki

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Dr. Patki successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Novel Actions of Steroid Receptors that Limit Treatment Response in Breast and Lung Cancers" on October 2, 2013.  Mugdha has been mentored by Dr. Manohar Ratnam and will continue her research in his lab for an additional year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Karmanos Cancer Institute.


Congratulations to Dr. Robinson

robinson CONGRATULATIONS to Michael Robinson, Ph.D.!
Dr. Robinson successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Synthesis and Evaluation of Inducers of Methuotic Cell Death and Preliminary Identification of their Cellular Targets in Glioblastoma Cells" on June 14, 2013.  He has mentored by Dr. William Maltese and Dr. Paul Erhardt.  Mike will return to medical school next month to complete years 3 and 4 to receive his M.D. degree.


Congratulations to Dr. Marathe

marathe CONGRATULATIONS to Himangi Marathe, Ph.D.!
Dr. Marathe successfully defended her dissertation entitled "SWI/SNF Chromatin Remodeling Enzymes as Regulators of Neural-crest Derived Cell Differentiation" on June 10, 2013.  Himangi also received the 2012 Biomedical Sciences Program Outstanding Student award at graduation ceremonies. Dr. Marathe has been mentored by Dr. Ivana de la Serna.


Congratulations to Dr. Stanoszek

stanoszek CONGRATULATIONS to Lauren Stanoszek, Ph.D.!
Dr. Stanoszek successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Biospecimen RNA Quality Control in Reverse-Transcription, Quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) Clinical Tests" on June 4, 2013.  She has been mentored by Dr. James Willey.  Lauren will return to medical school next month to complete years 3 and 4 to receive her M.D. degree.



 

Last Updated: 3/22/15