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Dixson and Burman awarded NSF Fellowship

May. 4, 2022—The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program is a highly competitive program that awards grants yearly. In 2022, the following Vanderbilt Biomedical students were named awardees: Andreanna Burman(Cell and Developmental Biology, Jim Goldenring lab) Drew Dixson(CDB, Alissa Weaver lab) MinnaApostolova (undergraduate, Mary Philip lab) BlakeBaleami* (Chemical and Physical Biology, Vito Quaranta lab) Kevin McCarty(Quantitative and Chemical Biology) Teresa Piedad Torres(Microbe-Host Interactions,...

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Collaborative research lays groundwork for potential treatment of a rare and deadly type of cancer

Apr. 22, 2022—A collaborative project between the labs of William Tansey, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and professor of cell and developmental biology and biochemistry, and Stephen Fesik, Orrin H. Ingram II Chair in Cancer Research and professor of biochemistry, chemistry and pharmacology, has laid the foundation for pre-clinical and clinical trials for the treatment of rhabdoid tumors, rare...

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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...

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Contreras-Panta Selected for Talk at Digestive Disease Week

Apr. 20, 2022—Ela Contreras-Panta (Goldenring Lab) was selected for a talk at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) and was awarded with a $1000 DDW Basic Science Travel Award

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The Cell Imaging Shared Resource (CISR) receives NIH S10 High-End Instrumentation Award

Apr. 3, 2022—The Cell Imaging Shared Resource (CISR) received an NIH S10 High-End Instrumentation award to purchase a Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron.  The Notice of Award came this past week to PI Dr. Matt Tyska.  Special thanks to Dr. Evan Krystofiak in CISR-EM for his work toward this award.  The instrument will be the Zeiss Crossbeam...

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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...

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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...

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Wright honored by Society for Developmental Biology

Feb. 2, 2022—Christopher Wright, professor of cell and developmental biology who holds the Louise B. McGavock Chair, has been honored with the 2022 Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize. The award, presented by the Society for Developmental Biology, recognizes outstanding and innovative contributions to teaching and learning. Wright was nominated by a former postdoctoral trainee, Maureen Gannon, now a professor of...

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CDB Connections: Maureen Gannon, January 2022

Jan. 25, 2022—Introduction Welcome to CDB Connections, an interview series from CDB’s DEI committee. This interview features Dr. Maureen Gannon, Associate Dean for Faculty Development (VUMC), Professor of Medicine, Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology. This interview was conducted and written by Maggie Fye, of the CDB DEI communications subcommittee. This series of interviews is meant...

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Fitz Awarded F31 National Research Service Award

Jan. 3, 2022—Gillian Fitz (Tyska Lab) was awarded three years of funding through an F31 National Research Service Award predoctoral fellowship from the NIDDK/NIH

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Indrayani Waghmare Awarded K99 Fellowship

Jan. 1, 2022—Indrayani Waghmare (Page-McCaw Lab) was awarded a K99 Fellowship from NIGMS.

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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...

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Fort Wins Best Short Talk

Dec. 4, 2021—Loic Fort (Macara Lab) won a best short talk at the “Virtually Dead IV” conference

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Caplan Receives Young Investigator Award

Dec. 2, 2021—Leah Caplan (DelGiorno Lab) received a Young Investigator Award and presented her work at the American Pancreatic Association Annual Meeting

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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...

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