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  • 2015 Albert M. Kligman Travel Fellowship

    Dr. Sho Hiroyasu, a post-doctoral researcher in the lab of Jonathan Jones, has been awarded a 2015 Albert M. Kligman Travel Fellowship to attend the annual meeting of the Society of Investigative Dermatology in May in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to the fellowship, Dr. Hiroyasu has been invited to give a minisymposium talk at the meeting. His presentation will be entitled ‘Collagen XVII regulates actin dynamics and traction forces in motile keratinocytes’.

    More information on the 2015 SID Annual Meeting may be found here
  • Natalie Peer wins 2nd place in the 2015 Wiley Exposition

    We are very pleased to announce that Natalie Peer has been selected as the 2nd place winner in the Medical and Life Sciences category for her outstanding oral presentation. She will be receiving a $500 scholarship for her efforts.

    This year’s event was the most competitive event that was hosted, with over three hundred applications in the initial round of submissions, and over a hundred and fifty presentations taking place the day of the event. There was an overwhelming amount of cutting-edge research and scholarship on display, and all are to be commended for their efforts.

    More information on Dr. Wiley and the other winners may be found here

  • Leanne Whitmore Receives a FASEB MARC Travel Award

    Congratulations to Leanne Whitmore, a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Ping Yi, who has received a prestigious Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) Travel Award to attend the International Society for Computational Biology’s Seventh Annual RECOMB/ISCB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics from November 9-14, 2014 in San Diego, CA.  These NIH-sponsored awards are meant to promote the entry of students, post doctorates and scientists from underrepresented groups into the mainstream of the basic science community and to encourage the participation of young scientists in national and international conferences.  See more at:
  • Dr. Mary Sanchez-Lanier selected for advising award

    Congratulations to Professor Sanchez-Lanier for receiving top honors from the Washington State University Academic Advising Association.  Read more here.
  • Professor Patricia Hunt Awarded the Zoetis Veterinary Research Excellence Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Hunt, a Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, who has been awarded the 2014 Zoetis Veterinary Research Excellence Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine at WSU in recognition of her outstanding research accomplishments.  The award is given to faculty who have made significant contributions to research that benefits veterinary medicine.  Dr. Hunt will be presented with the award and also give a talk on her research at the CVM Research Symposium Banquet, which will be on October 30, 2014.   More information about the award and previous CVM recipients can be found on:
  • Associate Professor Weihang Chai receives $1.45 million grant from NIH

    Congratulations to Weihang Chai for receiving a $1.45 million grant from the National Institute of Health.  The grant will study the role of the CST protein complex in preserving genome stability.  Read more about the award here.
  • Congratulations to our 2014 Summer Graduates

    Congratulations to our 2014 summer graduates:

    Dr. Tyson Eucker, Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences successfully defended his dissertation entitled Campylobacter jejuni Manipulates the Focal Complex to Invade Epithelial Cells and Induce Secretion of Interleukin-8 and has been accepted a position at Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica in Ames, IA.

    Dr. Elizabeth (Lisa) Evans, Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences successfully defended her dissertation entitled Investigating the Degradation of Retinoic Acid via Cytochrome P450 Enzymes, CYP26A1 and CYP26B1, in the Postnatal Testis and been accepted as a postdoc at the University of Texas – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

  • Dr. Susan Wang Receives NSF Grant to Modify the Property of Soils

    Congratulations to Dr. Wang, an Assistant Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, who, along with her colleagues at the Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO) was recently awarded NSF grant CMMI-1359671, “Collaborative Research: Use of Microbially-Induced Calcium Carbonate Precipitation to Improve Seismic Behavior of Saturated Sands”.  The goal of this 3 year grant, of which she is a Co-PI, is to investigate and optimize microbial metabolism to modify the engineering properties of soils and prevent potential damage from earthquakes.
  • Undergraduate student selected to 2014 Howard Hughes Medical EXROP Program

    Bryce Henderson, a Junior Biochemistry Major, was just selected as a 2014 participant in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute EXROP Program (  Bryce will be working this summer at the University of California-San Francisco in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph DeRisi, a HHMI Professor who develops novel genomic approaches to the study of infectious disease.  SMB wishes him a wonderful summer!
  • Graduate Student Nicole Clark awarded fellowship through NSF

    Graduate student Nicole Clark has been awarded a predoctoral fellowship through the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  The first year graduate student will be doing research on understanding non-classical progesterone signaling in female reproduction in Jim Pru’s lab.  Read more here.