2016

CHELSEA BARRETT (BS Chemistry, Gannon University)

Awards

  • Rising Star Award, Women in Medicine and Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, November 2017
  • ASV Graduate Student Travel Award, 2017
  • ASBMB Graduate Student Travel Award, 2017
  • University of Kentucky Graduate School Student Travel Award, 2017

Presentations

  • Poster Presentation: “Elucidating the role of a continuous leucine-zipper in the Hendra Virus Fusion Protein Heptad Repeat B/Transmembrane domain on overall protein stability” ASV Annual Meeting, Madison, WI; June 2017.
  • Poster Presentation: “Targeting the Hendra Virus Fusion Protein Transmembrane Domain to Inhibit Viral Fusion” ASBMB, Experimental Biology Meeting, Chicago, IL; April 2017
MEREDITH ECKSTEIN (BS Biomedical Sciences, Morehead State University)

Awards

  • Diversity Supplement 02S1 for R01-ES024478-YFM, 2016 - Present
  • ASBMB Travel Award for Experimental Biology, 2017
  • Graduate School Academic Year Fellowship, 2015
  • Daniel Reedy Quality Achievement Award , 2015 – 2017

Publications

  • Eckstein M, Rea M, Fondufe-Mittendorf Y. Transient and permanent changes in DNA methylation patterns in inorganic arsenic-mediated epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 2017.
  • Eckstein M, Rea M, Fondufe-Mittendorf Y. Microarray dataset of transient and permanent DNA methylation changes in HeLa cells undergoing inorganic arsenic-mediated epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Data in Brief 2017.
  • Rea M, Eckstein M, Eleazer R, Smith C, Fondufe-Mittendorf Y. Genome-wide DNA methylation reprogramming in response to inorganic arsenic links inhibition of CTCF binding DNMT expression and cellular transformation. Scientific Reports 2017.
  • Eckstein M, Eleazer R, Rea M, Fondufe-Mittendorf Y. Epigenomic reprogramming in inorganic arsenic-mediated gene expression patterns during carcinogenesis. Reviews on Environmental Health 2016.
  • Rea M, Jiang T, Eleazer R, Eckstein M, Marshall A, Fondufe-Mittendorf Y. Quantitative Mass Spectrometry Reveals Changes in Histone H2B Variants as Cells Undergo Inorganic Arsenic-Mediated Cellular Transformation. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics 2016.

Presentations

  • Oral Presentation: “Transient and permanent DNA methylation changes in inorganic arsenic-mediated epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition” ASBMB Experimental Biology Meeting, Chicago, IL; April 2017
  • Poster Presentation: “Transient and permanent DNA methylation changes in inorganic arsenic-mediated epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition” ASBMB Experimental Biology Meeting, Chicago, IL; April 2017
  • Poster Presentation: “Profiling of DNA methylation patterns in response to inorganic arsenic and reversal” 9th Conference on Metal Toxicity and Carcinogenesis, Lexington, KY; October 2016. 

JONATHAN "TYLER" KINDER (BS Applied Sciences, Bluefield State College)

Awards

  • ASV Graduate Student Travel Award, 2017
  • ASBMB Graduate Student Travel Award, 2017
  • University of Kentucky Graduate School Student Travel Award, 2017

Presentations

  • Poster Presentation: “Identifying serine proteases involved in HMPV F cleavage” ASV Annual Meeting, Madison, WI; June 2017.
  • Poster Presentation: “Identifying serine proteases involved in HMPV F cleavage” ASBMB, Experimental Biology Meeting, Chicago, IL; April 2017

ROBERT MURPHY (BS BIochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bellarmine University)

Fellowships

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 2017-2020
  • Daniel Reedy Fellowship, University of Kentucky 2015-2017

Awards

  • ASBMB Graduate Student Travel Award, 2017
  • 2nd Place in Poster Competition, Microbiology Department Retreat, 2017

Publications

  • Sinai A.P, Watts E.A., Dhara A., Murphy R.D., Gentry M.S., & Patwardhan A. (2016). Reexamining Chronic Toxoplasma gondii Infection: Surprising Activity for a "Dormant" Parasite. Curr Clin Micro Rpt. DOI 10.1007/s40588-016-0045-3. 

 

  • Huff M.O., Todd S.L., Smith A.L., Elpers J.T., Smith A.P, Murphy R.D., Bleser-Shartzer A.S., Hoerter J.E., Radde B.N., Klinge C.M (2016). Arsenite and Cadmium Activate MAPK/ERK via Membrane Estrogen Receptors and G-Protein Coupled Estrogen Receptor Signaling in Human Lung Adenocarcinoma Cells. Toxicol Sci 152 (1), 62-71.

 Presentations

  • Oral Presentation: “TgLaforin, a glucan phosphatase, regulates amylopectin granule turnover throughout T. gondii asexual lifecycle” Toxo-14: the 14th biennial International Congress on Toxoplasmosis & Toxoplasma gondii Biology. Tomar, Portugal; June 2017.  
  • Poster Presentation: “TgLaforin, a glucan phosphatase, regulates amylopectin granule turnover throughout T. gondii asexual lifecycle.” Toxo-14: the 14th biennial International Congress on Toxoplasmosis & Toxoplasma gondii Biology.  Tomar, Portugal; June 2017.
  • Poster Presentation: “Accessing the biosynthetic and metabolic potential of starch in T. gondii.” Microbiology Departmental Retreat, Lexington, KY; May 2017.                    
  • Oral Presentation: “Accessing the biosynthetic and metabolic potential of starch in T. gondii.” Infectious Disease Research Day (University of Kentucky). Lexington, KY; October 2016.   
  • Poster Presentation: “Accessing the biosynthetic and metabolic potential of starch in T. gondii.” Infectious Disease Research Day, University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY); October 2016. 

REBECCA NORCROSS (BS Biology, Indiana State University; MS Animal and Food Sciences, Univeristy of Kentucky)

Awards

  • ASBMB Graduate Student Travel Award, 2017

Presentations

  • Poster Presentation: “Ras binds at N-terminus of scaffolding protein Shoc2 for ERK1/2 signal modulation” ASBMB, Experimental Biology Meeting, Chicago, IL; April 2017
RACHEL SIEG
ZOE SIMMONS (BS Biology: Neuroscience, Statue University of New York at Stony Brook)

Awards

  • TL1 Training Program for Pre-doctoral Students in Clinical and Translational Science, University of Kentucky Center for Clinical Translational Science, 2017

Publications

 Presentations

  • Poster Presentation: “In vitro effects of gentamicin on PTCs in Lafora Disease” ASBMB Experimental Biology Meeting, Chicago, IL; April 2017.
MIN WEI (BS Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Peking University, China;MS Pharmacology, Sun Yat-sen University, China)

Publications         

  • Zhaohui WangMin Wei (co-first author) Huiping ZhangHongyuan ChenSharon GermanaChristene A. Huang, Joren C. MadsenDavid H. SachsZhirui Wang. Diphtheria-toxin based anti-human CCR4 immunotoxin for targeting human CCR4+ cells in vivo. Molecular Biology, 2015; Vol 9(7):1458-1470
  • Min Wei, Jose Marino, Aaron Trowell,
 Huiping Zhang, Jaclyn Stromp Peraino, Priyani V.Rajasekera,  Joren C.Madsen, David H.Sachs, Christene A.Huang, Gilles Benichou
and Zhirui Wang. Diphtheria toxin-based recombinant murine IL-2 fusion toxin for depleting murine regulatory T cells in vivo. Protein Engineering, Design & Selection, 2014; vol 27 (9): 289 – 295
  • Jaclyn Peraino, Huiping Zhang, Priyani V. Rajasekera, Min Wei, Joren C.    Madsena, David H. Sachs, Christene A. Huang, and Zhirui Wang. Diphtheria toxin-based bivalent human IL-2 fusion toxin with improved efficacy for targeting human CD25+ cells, J Immunol Methods. 2014 March; 405: 57–66.
  • Min Wei, Li Li, Rui Meng, Yanying Fan, Yun Liu, Liang Tao, Xianguo Liu, Changyou Wu. Suppressive Effect of Diazepam on IFN-γ Production by Human T Cells. International Immunopharmacology 10 (2010): 267–271

 Presentations

 Poster Presentation: “The Phosphatase PRL-3 as a Novel Drug Target in T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia” Markey Cancer Research Day, University of Kentucky, May 2017.

  • Poster Presentation: “The Phosphatase PRL-3 as a Novel Drug Target in T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia” ASBMB Experimental Biology 2017, Chicago, IL; April 2017
ZACHARY WILLIAMSON (BS Chemistry and Biology, State University of New York College at Oneonta)

Awards

  • NIH Fellowship to attend Cold Spring Harbor X-ray Methods in Structural Biology Course, 2017
  • University of Kentucky Graduate School Student Travel Award, 2017

Presentations

  • Poster Presentation: 6th Bluegrass Molecular Biophysics Symposium, University of Kentucky, May 2017
  • Poster Presentation: ASBMB Experimental Biology, Chicago, IL, April 2017
  • Poster Presentation: 6th Southeastern Mycobacteria Meeting, University of Georgia. Athens, GA, February 2017
  • Poster Presentation: 5th Bluegrass Molecular Biophysics Symposium, University of Kentucky, May 2016
  • Poster Presentation: Naff Symposium, University of Kentucky, April 2016

 

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