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Mentors Help High School Students earn science honors

May. 5, 2023—Three high school seniors with Vanderbilt mentors were selected for national honors by the Society for Science Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS). . The STS, which describes itself as one of “the nation’s oldest and most prestigious research competitions,” has alumni dating back to 1942. Many of those honored in previous years have gone on...

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Cephes Publishes Review in GUT

Mar. 30, 2023—Amelia Cephes (DelGiorno lab) published a review in Gut. It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness: single-cell transcriptomics sheds new light on pancreas biology and disease. Recent advances in single-cell RNA sequencing and bioinformatics have drastically increased our ability to interrogate the cellular composition of traditionally difficult to study organs,...

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Kathy Gould and Colleagues Decoding Cell Division Machinery

Mar. 23, 2023—In the final step of cell division, cytokinesis, one cell becomes two. Without complete separation, abnormal cells can accumulate and set the stage for tumor formation. One of the main controllers of cytokinesis is the protein Cdc15, which localizes to the dividing cell membrane — linking it to the cytokinetic ring, the constricting machinery that...

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Fitz Awarded Smriti Bardhan Scholarship

Mar. 8, 2023—Gillian Fitz (Tyska lab) received a Smriti Bardhan, Ph.D. Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes excellence in research by a Ph.D. student in an area related to life sciences or biological sciences.

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Krystofiak Awarded Grant from the Microscopy Society of America

Mar. 1, 2023—Evan Krystofiak, Ph.D. (CISR) was awarded a grant from the Microscopy Society of America to develop open-source cryo-tools for electron microscopy.  The grant title is: “A Modular, Open Source, Inexpensive, Cryo-Preparation System for Plunge and Slam-Freezing.” and the grant is called a “MSA Strategic Initiative”   The below image is a compelling image:  It is...

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New screening method could pave the way for future cancer drug discoveries

Jan. 17, 2023—The laboratories of Brian Bachmann, professor of chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology, and Jonathan Irish, associate professor of cell and developmental biology and pathology, microbiology and immunology, have developed a method to discover new small molecules that may kill cancer cells by working through the body’s immune system. The method is the first of its kind, to...

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Grants spur efforts to create molecular ‘atlases’ of organs

Nov. 17, 2022—Researchers in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine have received three grants totaling $13.6 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop molecular “atlases” of the brain, kidney, eye and other tissues. Their goal is to find new and better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent a host of human ailments, from kidney failure...

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Waghmare named one of five campus-wide Vanderbilt SEC Scholars

Nov. 1, 2022—Four Vanderbilt graduate students and one postdoc recently participated in the SEC Networking and Career Fair hosted by the University of Missouri, part of the SEC Emerging Scholars Program for doctoral and postdoctoral scholars announced earlier this year. The program is intended to serve as a pathway and source of mentorship for historically underrepresented graduate students and...

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Weaver and Tyska Named ASCB Fellows

Oct. 7, 2022—The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is pleased to present its cohort of 18 new Fellows for 2022. “The 2022 ASCB Fellows are individuals who have contributed broadly and significantly to the cell biology community and to the Society. We honor their scientific achievement and their role in furthering ASCB’s mission of advancing scientific...

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Burnette, Feehan-Nelson among Nikon competition winners

Oct. 1, 2022—Dylan Burnette won fourth place in Nikon’s Small World in Motion competition, which features movies or time-lapse photography taken through the microscope. Burnette received honorable mentions for two other submissions as well. Olivia Feehan-Nelson (Cell and Developmental Biology, Matthew Tyska lab) also received an honorable mention for her submission.

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Lee named 2022 Innovation Fund Investigator by The Pew Charitable Trust

Sep. 27, 2022—Dr. Ethan Lee, professor of Cell & Developmental Biology and Pharmacology, has been named a 2022 Innovation Fund investigator by The Pew Charitable Trusts. As a vote of confidence in the power of collaborative, interdisciplinary research, Pew created the Innovation Fund in 2017 to encourage partnerships among alumni of Pew’s biomedical programs. Combining their unique areas of expertise,...

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Chin Chiang Completes 25 years of Service

Sep. 25, 2022—Chen Chiang was recognized for completing 25 years of service at Vanderbilt.

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Lau and Coffey Awarded $5 Million Grant

Sep. 22, 2022—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study precancerous lesions and early cancers in the colon, with the goal of developing new ways to prevent colorectal cancer, the nation’s second leading cancer killer. Robert Coffey, MD, Martha Shrubsole, PhD, and Ken Lau, PhD, are VUMC’s project leaders...

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Geben Receives Trainee Professional Development Award from Society for Neurosciences

Sep. 20, 2022—Laura Geben (Ihrie Lab) recently received the Trainee Professional Development Award from the Society for Neurosciences The aim of these awards is to promote the advancement of career training to neuroscientists from a wide range of institutions. SfN seeks to promote gender equality and increase diversity in all forms throughout its programs. Awards are distributed...

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Arceneaux Elected to SNMA Board

Sep. 15, 2022—Jerome Arceneaux (Meharry Medical College Ihrie Lab) was elected to the Student National Medical Association Board of Directors as Regional Director for region 10.

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