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Kris Burkewitz Faculty Profile

May. 23, 2020—The research of Kris Burkewitz, Assistant Professor of Cell and Development Biology, is highlighted in this Basic Sciences faculty profile.

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April Weissmiller Earns  Rally Foundation Award

May. 7, 2020—We are pleased to announce that April Weissmiller, Research Assistant Professor, Tansey Lab, was awarded a Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research Young Investigator Award for the 2020/2021 fiscal year. for Childhood Cancer Research Young Investigator Award for the 2020/2021 fiscal year.

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New Dean’s Faculty Fellows program recognizes Marija Zanic

Apr. 30, 2020—The School of Medicine Basic Sciences has established a new Dean’s Faculty Fellows program designed to recognize the efforts of faculty in the early stages of their career. The award targets assistant professors who have shown a strong track record of scientific accomplishment and are likely to continue producing high-quality science in their respective fields....

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Alissa Weaver leads team to study extracellular RNA in colorectal cancer

Apr. 30, 2020—by Leigh MacMillan A multidisciplinary team of investigators at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received a program project grant from the National Cancer Institute to explore extracellular RNA in colorectal cancer. The five-year, $9 million award will support multiple projects that aim to define fundamental biological principles about extracellular RNA signaling and...

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Bill Tansey receives Exton Award for Research Leading to Innovative Biological Concepts

Apr. 30, 2020—Recipient of the JOHN H. EXTON AWARD for Research Leading to Innovative Biological Concepts: William Tansey, PhD, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and professor of Cell & Developmental Biology and Biochemistry Tansey is being honored for innovative methodological advances and impactful discoveries that have advanced understanding of MYC, a family of proteins overexpressed in cancer....

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Mar. 24, 2020—Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research ranks Vanderbilt Cell and Developmental Biology #2 in NIH funding among Anatomy / Cell Biology peer institutions.              

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Awards honor research staff’s crucial contributions

Feb. 22, 2020—Alan Simmons & Sean Schaffer were honored last week for research excellence during the 16th annual Research Staff Awards luncheon at the Kimpton Aertson Hotel in Nashville.  Schaffer, an expert in a wide range of microscopy modalities, is an essential part of the CISR and collaborates with researchers across the university and medical center, wrote CISR...

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Tansey’s research is highlighted in a new Basic Sciences “discovery” article

Feb. 8, 2020—Cancers are complex and diverse in nature, assailing the human body through different mechanisms. Cancer cells outsmart normal cells through myriad mechanisms, including sustained proliferation, insensitivity to growth suppressors, and resistance to cell death. MYC is a transcription factor (it regulates the expression of other genes) that plays important roles in human development, but it...

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Vanderbilt-led team discovers new genetic disease and defines underlying mechanism

Jan. 18, 2020—Jan. 13, 2020, 11:00 AM Cartilage cells in the zebrafish model of the disease CATIFA (right) have reduced volumes and irregular shapes compared to healthy cartilage cells (left) because of a defect in collagen secretion. (image courtesy of Ela Knapik, MD) by Leigh MacMillan Studies that started in zebrafish have now pointed to a role...

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Grant spurs effort to map biology of Crohn’s disease

Nov. 22, 2019—Nov. 20, 2019, 4:14 PM by Bill Snyder Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been awarded a three-year, $3 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to map — in unprecedented detail — the biology of Crohn’s disease. Under the terms of the award, which was announced last month, VUMC...

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Understanding cell division

Nov. 22, 2019—Nov. 18, 2019, 8:30 AM by Cayetana Arnaiz Yépez Cytokinesis is the final step of the process of cell division, by which the two new cells are physically separated. This process relies on a structure called the cytokinetic ring, which needs to be linked to the plasma membrane throughout cell division. One important linker protein is...

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Wente & Macara Names ASCB Fellows

Oct. 3, 2019—Kudos to Professors of Cell and Developmental Biology Susan Wente and Ian Macara, named 2019 ASCB Fellows! Dr. Wente is the Interim Chancellor and University Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Dr. Macara is the Louise B. McGavock Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. They join 16 ASCB members who were nominated by their peers...

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2019 PDB Annual Retreat Photo

Sep. 25, 2019—Group photograph of those attending the 2019 PDB Annual Retreat at Pickwick Landing State Park on September 5 & 6, 2019 (enlarge).

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