Paige Vega to be mentored by Aviv Regev
Apr. 21, 2022—Aviv Regev, PhD, recipient of the 2021 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science, gave her Vanderbilt Prize Discovery Lecture on April 14. Regev, executive vice president of Genentech Research and Early Development (gRED), is an internationally known computational and systems biologist and founding co-chair of the Human Cell Atlas initiative, an international community of scientists working...
Biologists discover signaling pathways potentially associated with pancreatic cancer
Apr. 2, 2022—Kathleen DelGiorno, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, her lab and collaborators at the Salk Institute have discovered some of the specific signaling molecules involved in tumor progression in pancreatic cancer. These molecules, called eicosanoids, play a role in inflammation and are known to have a role in cancer. According to DelGiorno, that role...
Cellular Niche Drives Aggressive Glioblastoma
Feb. 25, 2022—Researchers tackle interplay between cancer, stem and immune cells in the tumor microenvironment. Neuroscientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have discovered that a distinct area in the brain contributes to poor prognoses for patients with glioblastoma. The niche contains certain types of unusual cells and, when in contact with a glioblastoma, appears to accelerate tumor...
Study sets framework for precision surveillance of colorectal cancer
Dec. 18, 2021—A team of Vanderbilt researchers has revealed some of the mechanisms by which polyps develop into colorectal cancer, setting the framework for improved surveillance for the cancer utilizing precision medicine. Their study, published Dec. 14 in Cell, describes findings from a single-cell transcriptomic and imaging atlas of the two most common colorectal polyps found in...
Burkewitz awarded $100,000 to conduct longevity research at the cellular level
Dec. 1, 2021—Kristopher Burkewitz, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, has been awarded $100,000 from the American Federation for Aging Research and the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research to research the biological aging process. Burkewitz was one of 10 recipients nationally of this early-career award. Burkewitz’s project will work to understand the sequence of events in...
Uncovering how injury to the pancreas impacts cancer formation
Nov. 5, 2021—Pioneering research from scientists at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies shows that acinar cells in the pancreas form new cell types to mitigate injury but are then susceptible to cancerous mutations. Findings from this research, led by Kathy DelGiorno, assistant professor of cell and developmental...
Spraggins lab awarded a supplement to HuBMAP project
Sep. 24, 2021—The Jeffrey Spraggins Lab has been awarded a supplement to its HuBMAP project (3 U54 EY032442-02S1) to purchase an Illumina MiSeq sequencer to complement the lab’s spatial transcriptomics workflows.
Aubrie Stricker wins travel award
Sep. 24, 2021—Graduate student, Aubrie Stricker (Andrea Page-McCaw Lab) won a travel award to attend the Biennial meeting of the American Society of Matrix Biology.
Gabriella Robertson receives the D-SPAN F99/K00 award
Sep. 24, 2021—Gabriella Robertson recently received the D-SPAN F99/K00 award from NIH/NINDS. Gabriella is a graduate student in the Vivian Gama lab.
Ihrie earns Ivy Foundation award
Sep. 1, 2021—The Ivy Foundation’s Emerging Leader Grant Award 2021 was granted to Rebecca Ihrie (CDB). The award supports early-to-mid-career investigators conducting high-impact, high-reward translational research on glioblastoma.