Molecular Medicine Graduate Program Track

Molecular Medicine/CVMD News

October 11, 2016

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Congratulations to our MOME track postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Lance Stechschulte! His Postdoctoral Fellowship Award application, titled "Identifying the contribution of PP5 phosphatase to the pathogenesis of diabetes and osteoporosis," was approved for funding by the American Diabetes Association!  His mentor is Dr. Beata Lecka-Czernik. Well done!

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SumeetOctober 3, 2016

Congratulations to Sumeet Solanki, PhD Student (MOME Track) in Dr. Guillermo Vazquez lab for being selected as the 2016 recipient of the UT HSC Retirees Scholarship Fund for his exceptional research efforts and contributions to the local community.

 

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August 26, 2016
Physiology and Pharmacology Department Retreat

Passing the torchAt the department retreat members of the GradStairs Program, a graduate student leadership group, pass the torch to the next set of leaders. 

On the left, Sumeet Solanki and Sravan Kumar Perla (departing leaders) pass their torches to Mengie "Emma" Wang, Shermel Sherman, and Amit Chogule, Graduate Student Association (GSA) Representative for the MOME track.

 

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August 20, 2016 - Department Orientation for MOME Graduate Students

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The faculty, students and staff from the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology welcomed the new MOME graduate students to our program during a luncheon held on Monday, August 20th. 

Dr. Bina Joe, Professor and Chair of Physiology and Pharmacology addressing the new graduate students.

 

 Following the luncheon the students were taken on a guided tour of the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center on the Health Science Campus.
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 August 18, 2016 - Lab Coat Ceremony

The sixth annual Lab Coat Ceremony for the new graduate students in the BMS program was held in the new Lloyd Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center at 1:00PM following a very popular welcome lunchEach graduate student was presented a lab coat by Mr. Daniel Saevig, assisted by Marianne Pohlman.  Students from the Molecular Medicine (MOME) track, the Cancer Biology (CAB) Track, the Immunity and Infection and Transplantation (IIT) track, the Neuroscience and Neurological Disorders (NND) track and the Bioinformatics and Proteomics and Genomics (BIPG) track participated
 
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 MOME track PhD students, Amit Chougule, Usman Ashraf, Kelsey Fout, Chrysan Mohammed, Dr. Bina Joe, Professor and Chair, Physiology & Pharmacology, PhD Students, Shermel Sherman, Sudipta Baroi, MD-PhD Woojin Han and Dr. Kandace Williams, Associate Dean, College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

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In the lunch line before the Lab Coat Ceremony

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MOME PhD student Shermel Sherman, MD-PhD student Erin Semple (NND), Ahmed Al-Khudhair PhD student (MOME), and Amit Choudule, PhD student MOME track.

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 Dr. Kandace Williams, Associate Dean, College of Medicine and Life Sciences Graduate Programs, addressing the students and guests during the Lab Coat Ceremony

 

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HarshalAugust 1, 2016:  Harshal Waghulde successfully defends his dissertation. 

Congratulations to Harshal Waghulde for successfully defending his dissertation.  The title of his project was Mapping and CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing for Identifying Novel Genomic Factors Influencing Blood.  Harshal's Major Advisor was Dr. Bina Joe.

 

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Lucien McBeth successfully defended his thesis on June 22, 2016.  Lucien

Congratulations to Lucien McBeth for successfully defending his thesis.  The title of his project was Glucocorticoid Receptor Beta Increases the Migration of Human Uroepithelial Carcinoma Cells.  Lucien’s Major Advisor was Terry Hinds, PhD.

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Lucien was also selected to receive a competitively awarded scholarship from the US Army that will cover his tuition, fees and living expenses while in medical school at the University of Toledo.  Lucien was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Lucien Reiter McBeth, US Army Medical Department - Medical Corp.  He will complete his medical residency in a US Army residency program and practice as a physician in the US Army for 4 years.  It will be his great honor to carry on a strong family history in the US army and serve his country.

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May 23, 2016:  Shermel Sherman successfully defends her thesis.

Congratulations to Shermel Sherman for successfully defending her thesis.  The title of her project was Tibia Morphology & Bone Marrow Adipose Tissue Phenotype is Controlled by Sex Steroids.  Shermel’s major advisor was Beata Lecka-Czernik, PhD.

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April 14, 2016:  Mariam Alakrawi successfully defends her dissertation.

Congratulations to Mariam Alakrawi for successfully defending her dissertation.  The title of her dissertation was Transcriptional Regulation of the human Angiotensinogen Gene and her major advisor was Ashok Kumar, PhD.

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LatriceFebruary 12, 2016:  Latrice Faulkner successfully defends her dissertation.

 Congratulations to Latrice Faulkner for successfully defending her dissertation.  The title of her dissertation was Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Reproductive Consequences of Central POMC Insulin and Leptin Resistance in Male Rodents.  Latrice’s major advisor was Jennifer Hill, PhD.

 

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February 5, 2016:  Saja S. Khuder successfully defends her dissertation

 Congratulations to Saja Khuder for successfully defending her dissertation on February 5th.  The title of her dissertation was Novel Regulation of Leptin Action by Endothelial Cell CEACUM 1.  Saja’s major advisor was Sonia Najjar, PhD

 

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August 21, 2015: Welcome new BMS Graduate Students

The fifth annual Lab Coat Ceremony for the new graduate students in the BMS program was held in the new Lloyd Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center at 1:00PM following a very popular welcome lunch.  The students were welcomed by Dr. Kandace Williams, Associate Dean, COMLS Graduate Programs, Dr. Ronald McGinnis, Senior Associate Dean for COMLS Student Affairs, Mr. Dan Saevig, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations, Adam Blatt, president of the Council of Biomedical Graduate Students,  and  Dr. Dorothea Sawicki, Vice Provost for Health Science Affairs, University and Accreditation and Programs Review.  Each graduate student was presented a lab coat by Mr. Daniel Saevig, assisted by Marianne Pohlman.  Students from the Molecular Medicine (CVMD) track, the Cancer Biology (CAB) Track, the Immunity and Infection and Transplantation (IIT) track, the Neuroscience and Neurological Disorders (NND) track and the Bioinformatics and Proteomics and Genomics (BIPG) track participated.

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In the lunch line: Post-doc Dr. Lucia Russo, CVMD Graduate students Simona Ghanem and Hilda Ghadieh, and CAB faculty, Drs. Maurice Manning and Randy Ruch.
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Lab Coat Ceremony 2015:  Dr. Kandace Williams, Associate Dean, COMLS Graduate Programs addresses new students and guests

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June 12, 2015: The 42nd Annual Pharmacology Colloquium at the University of Toledo

The 42nd Annual Pharmacology Research Colloquium was hosted this year by the University of Toledo Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology.  This Pharmacology Colloquium brings together graduate students and faculty from the “pharmacology” departments of the Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and the University of Toledo, College of Medicine for a day long scientific program.   

Welcome addresses were delivered by Dr. Howard Rosenberg, Interim Chair of the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology and Dr. William Messer, UT Vice President for Research and former Chairman of the Dept. of Pharmacology in the UT College of Pharmacy.

There were 139 registrants from the 4 schools including over 90 students and 45 faculty.  Students number included not only the graduate students in the programs but also 17 undergraduates including summer students.  The program included 13 oral presentations, including those by UT students Simona Ghanem, Hilda Ghadieh, Harshal Wagulde, and Xi Cheng, and 40 poster presentations with 5 presented by UT students.  The keynote lecture was presented by Tim Wiltshire, Ph.D. current Director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

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CVMD student Simona Ghanem, presents her talk

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Dr. Howard Rosenberg, interim chair of the Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology thanks Dr. Tim Wiltshire for coming to the colloquium to present his work.

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Prince Ampem (UT)describes his work to judge Jamie Bernard, PhD (MSU)

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May 1, 2015: Ying Nie successfully defends her dissertation

Congratulations to Ying Nie who successfully defended her dissertation May 1. The title of her dissertation was Positional Mapping for Blood Pressure Loci on Rat Chromosome 9 and her major advisor was Dr. Bina Joe.

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April 30, 2015: Resmi Pillai successfully defends her dissertation

Congratulations to Resmi Pillai who successfully defended her dissertation April 30. The title of her dissertation was High resolution substitution mapping for genetic elements controlling blood pressure located on rat chromosomes 5 and 10 and her major advisor was Dr. Bina Joe.  

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March 20, 2015: Shuhao Qiu successfully defends his dissertation

Congratulations to Shuhao Qiu who successfully defended his dissertation March 20. The title of his dissertation was Computational Simulation and Analysis of Mutations: nucleotide fixation, allelic age and rare Genetic Variations in population and his major advisor was Dr. Alexei Federov.

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March 19-20, 2015: Annual Biomedical Graduate Research Forum

The Annual Biomedical Science Graduate Research Forum was held on March 19-20, 2015.  This event is organized by the Council of Biomedical Graduate Students of the UT Health Science Campus and provides an opportunity for health science students to present their work to fellow students and faculty.  Both oral and poster presentations were included with 13 oral presentations and 21 posters.  UT faculty and post-docs carried out the initial round of judging.  From the CVMD track, Latrice Faulkner, Mengjie Wang and Xi Cheng gave oral presentations and Prince Tuffour Ampem presented a poster.  Winners in the poster competition were first place Brian Youseff (IIT track, Travis Taylor, PhD advisor), second place Heather Brown (Bioinformatics, Preoteomics and Genomics  track, Travis Taylor, PhD  advisor) and third place Ila Datar (Cancer Biology track, Kam Yeung, Ph.D. advisor).  Winners of the oral sessions were first place Kari Lavik, (Cancer Biology track, Kate Eisenmann, Ph.D. advisor) and second place Adaeze Izuogu (IIT track, Travis Taylor, Ph.D. advisor).  Congratulations to all the winners and participants.  The judges of the final group were keynote speaker Dr. Keith Flaherty, Associate Prof. Dept. of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Dr. Kandace Williams (Associate Dean for COMLS Graduate programs).

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CVMD students Xiaoming Fan and Mariam Alakrawi

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November 13, 2014: Robert Lee successfully defends his dissertation

Congratulations to Robert Lee who successfully defended his dissertation November 13. The title of his dissertation was Alpha 7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor: Novel Role in Macrophage Survival and Murine Atherosclerosis and his major advisor was Dr. Guillermo Vazquez.

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October 16, 2014: Namrata Madan successfully defends her dissertation

Congratulations to Namrata Madan who successfully defended her dissertation October 16. The title of her dissertation was Role of Different Isoforms of Na/K-ATPase in Signal Transduction and her major advisor was Dr. Zi-Jian Xie.

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August 25, 2014: Welcome new BMS Graduate Students

The fourth annual Lab Coat Ceremony was held at 3:15PM to welcome the new graduate students into the BMS program.  The students were welcomed by Dr. Patricia Komuniecki, Vice Provost Graduate Affairs, Dean College of Graduate Studies and Dr. Kandace Williams, Associate Dean, COM Graduate Programs and Mr. Dan Saevig, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations.  Each graduate student was presented a lab coat Mr. Daniel Saevig, assisted by Marianne Pohlman.  Following the ceremony the students were addressed by Dr. Dorothea Sawicki, Associate Dean College of Graduate Studies & Vice Chancellor for Graduate Health Science Studies and Stuart Collins, president of the Council of Biomedical Graduate Students. 

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Mr. Dan Saevig,  Dr. Thea Sawicki, Youjie Zhang, Sravan Perla, Muhammed Moledina, Gardiyawasam Kalpana, Amit Chougule, Iyad Manaserh, Nauman Siddiqui, Yvette Unoarumhi, Joseph Mainsah, Hallie Dolin, Rose Zolondek, Lucien McBeth, Mariam Alkrawi, Cara DeAngelis, Jessica Saul, Afnan Malebari, Ahmed Al-Khudhair, Megan Bickford and Dr. Patricia Komuniecki

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May, 2014:  Resmi Pillai wins award for published paper - Congratulations!

 CVMD PhD student Resmi Pillai has won the 2013 Young Investigator Award from the American Physiological Society (APS).  This is awarded to the first author of the best paper published in an APS journal- Physiological Genomics during the year.  This paper was entitled Isolation and high-throughput sequencing of two-closely linked epistatic hypertension susceptibility loci with a panel of bicongenic strains, Resmi Pillai , Harshal Waghulde , Ying Nie , Kathirvel Gopalakrishnan , Sivarajan Kumarasamy , Phyllis Farms , Michael R Garrett , Santosh S Atanur , Klio Maratou ,Timothy J Aitman, Bina Joe.  Physiological Genomics -Published 11 June 2013 Vol. no. DOI: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00077.2013

This achievement has now been recognized in UTNews online and in print  (Aug 18, 2014).  Check out the picture and story at the following link:  http://utnews.utoledo.edu/index.php/08_22_2014/doctoral-student-recognized-for-paper-on-genetics-blood-pressure

In the same issue Resmi's major advisor Dr. Bina Joe was highlighted for her recent achievement in being named the 2014 Lewis K Dahl Memorial Lecturer, by the American Heart Association's Council on Hypertension.  Dr. Joe is not only a CVMD, and Dept of Physiology and Pharmacology faculty member, she is also the director of the Center for Hypertension and personalized Medicine.  Check out the link to the story: http://utnews.utoledo.edu/index.php/08_21_2014/professor-named-2014-lewis-k-dahl-memorial-lecturer

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March 28, 2014: Moustafa Sayed successfully defends his dissertation

Congratulations to Moustafa Sayed who successfully defended his dissertation March 28. The title of his dissertation was Effects of Na/K-ATPase Pump and its Ligands on the Differentiation of Bone-marrow Stem Cells and his major advisor was Dr. Jiang Tian.

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March 27, 2014: Shalini Gupta successfully defends her dissertation

Congratulations to Shalini Gupta who successfully defended her dissertation March 27. The title of her dissertation was Effects of Cardiotonic Steroids and Insulin on Sodium Pump Signaling and his major advisor was Dr. Deepak Malhotra.

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March 25, 2014: Xingjian Jin successfully defends his dissertation

Congratulations to Xingjian Jin who successfully defended his dissertation March 25. The title of his dissertation was Regulation of Calcium Signaling by Cilla and its Role in Polycystic Kidney Disease Pathogenesis and his major advisor was Dr. Surya Nauli.

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December 20, 2013: Qiming Duan successfully defends his dissertation

Congratulations to Qiming Duan  who successfully defended his dissertation December 20. The title of his dissertation was Cardiac Na/K-ATPase in Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury and Cardioprotection and his major advisor was Dr. Sandrine Pierre.

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November 1, 2013: Jian Wu successfully defends his dissertation

Congratulations to Jian Wu who successfully defended his dissertation November 1. The title of his dissertation was Role of Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase α (PI3Kα) in Ouabain-induced Cardiac Signaling and Hypertrophy and his major advisor was Dr. Lijun Liu.

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August 28, 2013: Varunkumar Pandey successfully defends his dissertation

Congratulations to Varunkumar Pandey who successfully defended his dissertation August 28. The title of his dissertation was The Effect of Glucocorticoids on Regulation of the Human Angiotensinogen Gene and the Blood Pressure and his major advisor was Dr. Ashok Kumar.

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August 19, 2013: Welcome new BMS Graduate Students

The third annual Lab Coat Ceremony was held at 3:00PM to welcome the new graduate students into the BMS program.  The students were welcomed by Dr. Patricia Komuniecki, Vice Provost Graduate Affairs, Dean College of Graduate Studies and Dr. Kandace Williams, Associate Dean, COM Graduate Programs and Mr. Dan Saevig, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations.  Each graduate student was presented a lab coat Mr. Daniel Saevig, assisted by Marianne Pohlman.  Following the ceremony the students were addressed by Dr. Dorothea Sawicki, Associate Dean College of Graduate Studies & Vice Chancellor for Graduate Health Science Studies and Stuart Collins, president of the Council of Biomedical Graduate Students

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Mr. Dan Saevig, Dr. Kandace Williams, Dr. Thea Sawicki, Hilda Ghadieh, Heather Brown, Franz Corrales, Diego Morales, Anssi Santanen, Tupa Basuroy, Ke Huang, Fadi Sarsour, Mengjie Wang, Carmen Mitchell, Brittany Cousino, Zehui Li, Rajib Dutta, John Imberry, Xiaoming Fan, Stuart Collins and Dr. Patricia Komuniecki

 

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  Dr. Patricia Komuniecki, Vice Provost Graduate Affairs, Dean College of Graduate Studies
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June 13, 2013: Sumit Monu successfully defends his dissertation

Congratulations to Sumit Monu who successfully defended his dissertation June 13. The title of his dissertation was Heme Oxygenase System in Myocardial Infarction and Post Ischemic Renal Dysfunction and his major advisor was Dr. Nader Abraham.

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JUNE 7, 2013: THE 40TH ANNUAL PHARMACOLOGY COLLOQUIUM AT WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY

The 40th Annual Pharmacology Research Colloquium was hosted this year by Wayne State University Dept. of Pharmacology. This Pharmacology Colloquium brings together graduate students and faculty from the "pharmacology" departments of the Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and the University of Toledo, College of Medicine for a day long scientific program. 
The program included 13 oral presentations, including those by UT students Resmi Pillai, Gaurav Mehta, Qiming Duan and Jian Wu, 40 poster presentations including 7 presented by UT students. The keynote lecture was presented by John S. Lazo, Ph.D. current president of ASPET and Associate Dean for Basic Research at the University of Virginia.

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CVMD student Resmi Pillai

 

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CVMD student  Jian Wu

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 Congratulations to UT students Gaurav Mehta (UT) who was awarded 1st place in the oral presentation contest 

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 June 11, 2013: Xiaoliang Qiu successfully defends his dissertation

Congratulations to Xiaoliang Qiu who successfully defended his dissertation June 11. The title of his dissertation was Kiss1 Neurons and Metabolic Sensing and his major advisor was Dr. Jennifer Hill.

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June 4, 2013: Lance Stechschulte successfully defends his dissertation

Congratulations to Lance Stechschulte who successfully defended his dissertation June 4. The title of his dissertation was The Co-chaperones FKBP51 and PP5 Control Nuclear Receptor Phosphorylation and Adipogenesis and his major advisors were Drs. Ed Sanchez and Sonia Najjar.

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March 19-20, 2013: Annual Biomedical Graduate Research Forum

The Annual Biomedical Science Graduate Research Forum was held on March 19-20, 2013.  This event is organized by the Council of Biomedical Graduate Students of the UT Health Science Campus and provides an opportunity for health science students to present their work to fellow students and faculty.  This year both oral and poster presentations were included with 16 oral presentations and 36 posters.  Three CVMD students, Varunkumar Pandey, Resmi Pillai and Jian Wu gave oral presentations and nine students in the CVMD track presented posters.  Winners in the poster competition were first place Minal Mulye (IIT track, Mark Wooten, PhD advisor), second place David Leggat (IIT track, Dr. Julie Westerink advisor) and third place Namrata Madan (CVMD track, Zijian Xie, Ph.D. advisor).  Winners of the oral sessions were first place winner Laura Halpin, (NND track, Brian Yamamoto, Ph.D. advisor) and second place Meghan Wyse (CB track, Kate Eisenmann, Ph.D. advisor).  Congratulations to all the winners and participants.  The judges of the final group were keynote speaker Dr. Robert Copeland, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Epizyme, Inc. and Dr. Douglas Leaman (Chairman UT Dept. of Biological Sciences).

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Robert Lee (Molecular Medicine (CVMD) track)
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Harshal Waghulde (CVMD) with Drs. Bob Trumbly and Hermann von Grafenstein 

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November 2, 2012: Jean-Yves Tano successfully defends his dissertation

Congratulations to Jean-Yves Tano who successfully defended his dissertation June 11. The title of his dissertation was The Role of TRPC3 Channels in Macrophage Survival: Potential Implications in Atherogenesis and his major advisor was Dr. Guillermo Vazquez.

 

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August 20, 2012: Welcome new BMS Graduate Students

The second annual Lab Coat Ceremony was held at 4:00PM to welcome the new graduate students into the BMS program.  The students were welcomed by Dr. Patricia Komuniecki, Vice Provost Graduate Affairs, Dean College of Graduate Studies and Dr. Randall Ruch, Associate Dean, COM Graduate Programs and Mr. Dan Saevig, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations.  Each graduate student was presented a lab coat and a coffee mug imprinted with the program logo by Mr. Daniel Saevig, assisted by Marianne Pohlman.  Following the ceremony the students were addressed by Dr. Randall Ruch standing in for Dr. Dorothea Sawicki, Associate Dean College of Graduate Studies & Vice Chancellor for Graduate Health Science Studies and Gaurav Mehta, president of the Council of Biomedical Graduate Students. 

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Dr. Patricia Komuniecki, Prince Tuffour Ampem, Dulat Bekbolsynov, Eric Starr, Erin Semple, Bruce Heck, Mani Maheshwari, Kristen Robinson, Shengnan Du, Kate Dvorak, Adaeze Izuogu, Shannon Brewer, Benjamin Chaney, Amanda Blaker, Xiaoliang Wang, Prabhatchandra Dube, Xi Cheng, Yoheng Wang, Bryan DeWitt, Drew Trunk and at the back Dr. Randall Ruch

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June 1, 2012 COLLEGE OF MEDICINE 41ST COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

Five students in the CVMD track participated in the June 1st commencement exercises receiving PhD degrees. The graduation ceremony was held in the Stranahan Theater. Graduating students and their major advisors in the CVMD track included:

Sumona Ghosh Lester, PhD; (Sonia Najjar, PhD)
Steven Haller, PhD; (Joseph Shapiro, MD)
Sadeesh Ramakrishnan, PhD; (Sonia Najjar, PhD)
Katye Smedlund, Ph.D. (Guillermo Vazquez, PhD)
Yanling Yan, Ph.D. (Joseph Shapiro, MD)
Jehnan Liu, MD, PhD; (Sonia Najjar, PhD)

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Sumona Ghosh Lester was hooded by her advisor Sonia Najjar, PhD and awarded her degree by Dr. Jeffrey Gold

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Steve Haller was hooded by his advisor Dr. Joe Shapiro and Dr. Chris Cooper

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Sadeesh Ramakrishnan was hooded by his advisor Dr. Sonia Najjar

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Katye Smedlund was hooded by her advisor Dr. Guillermo Vazquez

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Jehnan Liu was hooded by his advisor Dr. Sonia Najjar

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Back: Rebecca Thompson, Mithun Khattar, Sadeesh Ramakrishnan, Katye Smedlund
Front: Honorary Degree recipients Jo Ivey Boufford and James M. Pietro, J.D. with Dr. Jeffrey Gold


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August 23, 2011: Welcome new BMS Graduate Students

The Inaugural Lab Coat Ceremony was held at 4:00PM to welcome the new graduate students into the BMS program. Each graduate student was presented a lab coat embroidered with their name and a coffee mug imprinted with the program logo.

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August 15, 2011: Sima Rahman successfully defends her dissertation

Congratulations to Sima Rahman who successfully defended her dissertation August 15. The title of her dissertation was Role of PPARγ2 in Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cell Lineage Allocation and Regulation of Bone Mass and her major advisor was Dr. Beata Lecka-Czernik. PPARγ is an important transcription factor, which helps control whether marrow mesenchymal stem cells differentiate into adipocytes or osteoblasts and accounts for the loss of bone mineral density in patients treated with the members of the thiazolidinediones class of drugs such as rosiglitazone. Other members of her advisory committee were Drs. Nader Abraham, Khew-Voon Chin, Ivana Dela Serna, Eddie Sanchez, and Cynthia Smas.

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June 22, 2011: Sima Rahman receives ASBMR Annual Meeting Travel Grant

Congratulations Sima! Sima has been selected to receive a 2011 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Young Investigator Travel Grant for her abstract which has been selected for oral presentation entitled “Adipocyte-specific Expression of FoxC2 Increases Bone Mass through Upregulation of Wnt10b Expression and Increase in Energy Production in Marrow Adipocytes”. The Young Investigator Travel Grant is given to the top Young Investigators who will be presenting an oral or plenary poster presentation at the ASBMR 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego. She will receive $500 to support her travel to the Meeting. To be eligible to receive this travel grant, individuals must be the first and presenting author of the highest ranking abstracts within each category and within five years of completion of a Ph.D. This of course does not preclude students, such as Sima, who have not yet graduated from being eligible. Sima is a student in Dr. Beata Lecka-Czernik’s lab.

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June 21, 2011: Vipula Petluru successfully defends her dissertation

Congratulations to Vipula Petluru who successfully defended her dissertation June 21. The title of her dissertation was Selective modulation of PPARγ activities in marrow mesenchymal stem cells and their effects on bone and her major advisor was Dr. Beata Lecka-Czernik. PPARγ is an important transcription factor, which helps control whether marrow mesenchymal stem cellsdifferentiate into adipocytes or osteoblasts and accounts for the loss of bone mineral density in patients treated with the members of the thiazolidinediones class of drugs such as rosiglitazone. In her project, Vipula has been studying how certain members of another commonly prescribed class of drugs, angiotensin receptor antagonists, may interfere with this process. Other members of her advisory committee were Drs. Sonia Najjar, Eddie Sanchez, Edith Mensah-Osman and Ambalangodage Jayasuriya.

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June 17, 2011 Combined Annual Pharmacology Colloquium and CVMD Research Forum

The 38th Annual Pharmacology Research Colloquium was hosted this year by the UT College of Medicine Dept. of Physiology and was combined with the department's 2nd Annual Student Research Forum.  This Pharmacology Colloquium brings together graduate students and faculty from the “pharmacology” departments of the Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and the University of Toledo, College of Medicine for a day long scientific program.  Each of the schools takes turns in hosting this annual event. The colloquium primarily provides a forum for doctoral students to present their research in both oral and poster presentations and an opportunity for all participants to exchange ideas.  These colloquia were initiated 38 years ago by Dr. Theodore M. Brody of Michigan State University and Dr. Benedict Lucchesi of the University of Michigan.   

The program included 13 oral presentations, including those by UT students Kristine Angevine, Jean-Yves Tano, Lance Stechschulte and Leah Wuescher, 50 poster presentations including 12 presented by UT students.  The keynote lecture was presented by John Hall, Ph.D. Arthur C. Guyton Professor and Chairman Dept. Physiology and Biophysics, University of Mississippi Medical Center, an Honorary Guest Lecture -the Vladimir Nigrovic Lectureship in Pharmacology and Anesthesiology was presented by Dr. Robert Gallo, Director of the Institute of Human Virology, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  

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The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Nader Abraham, Chair of the UT Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology

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 KEYNOTE LECTURE 

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John Hall, Ph.D. Arthur C. Guyton Professor and Chairman Dept. Physiology and Biophysics, University of Mississippi Medical Center

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 ORAL SESSIONS

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Jean-Yves Tano (UT)

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Lance Stechschulte (UT)

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Jean-Yves Tano, Guillermo Vazquez, Bina Joe, Kristine Angevine, Robert Gallo and Edith Mensah-Osman 

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 Robert Gallo and Jean-Yves Tano

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Mathew Benskey from Michigan State University and Yeshavanth Banasavadi-Siddegowda tied for first place. Second place went Lauren Purington from the University of Michigan and third place went to Seema Shah from Wayne State University.

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 Edith Mensah-Osman and Joe Marino

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Moumita Banerjee, quizzed by Nick Davis and Patricia Komuniecki

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Katye Smedlund, (UT) 

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 Leah Wuescher, (UT)

Vladimir Nigrovic Lectureship in Pharmacology and Anesthesiology

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 Dr. Robert Gallo, Director of the Institute of Human Virology, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine presenting the
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 Drs. Nader Abraham, Joe Shapiro and Alan Marco with Lisa Akeman, Hesham Youssef, Anita Easterly, Martha Heck and Deb LeBarr

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 Luca Vanella and Jean-Yves Tano present Dr. Abraham with an award from the students

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  Drs. Robert Gallo, Benedict Lucchesi and Nader Abraham

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 Jean-Yves Tano and Luca Vanella.  Thanks for editing the program book!

 

March 23, 2011 Annual Biomedical Graduate Research Forum

The Annual Biomedical Science Graduate Research Forum was held on March 23 and 24, 2011.  This event is organized by the Council of Biomedical Graduate Students of the UT Health Science Campus and provides an opportunity for health science students to present their work to fellow students and faculty.  Ten students in the CVMD track presented posters. Two CVMD students Jean-Yves Tano and Namrata Madan were among the top 6 finalists.  Winners were first place Minal Mulye (IIT track), second place Paul Schroder and third place Mithun Khattar (both in IIT track). The judge of the final six was Thomas M. McIntyre, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, OH. Dr. McIntyre also presented the keynote address entitled “Oxidized phospholipids are required for TNFα-induced cell death”.

The event was held in the atrium of the Center for Creative Education.

 

Yan Yanling Yan (CVMD) discusses her poster with Dr. Claudio Cortis.
Jean-Yves Tano (CVMD track) one of the 6 finalists presents his poster to Dr. Claudio Cortis (IIT) Tano
Namrata Madan (CVMD track) one of the 6 finalists and Minal Mulye (IIT track) are members of the BMS student council.

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