Achievements and announcements
Biomedical Researcher Awardees
Several foundation awards were presented recently to members of the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program engaged in biomedical research:
- Majid Kahn, MD/PhD, CMPP Program) and Chase Fiore, CMPP Program: Wiener Biomedical Graduate Scholars
- Allison Bartlett, CMPP Program: Glen E. Whiddett Biomedical Award
- Kabita Adhikari, CMB Program: Crain Biomedical Research Scholar
- Ryan Durbin, Integrative Neuroscience Program: Dr. Charles and Mary Marshall Award
Congratulations to these Biomedical Researcher Awardees!
$2.3 million in NIH funding awarded to researcher to advance hypertension research and treatments
Yumei Feng Earley, Ph.D., M.D., associate professor, departments of pharmacology, and physiology and cell biology at University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine was awarded a competitive, four-year, $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support her research on increased sympathetic nervous system activity which has been found to be a primary precursor of hypertension. Congratulations on this award!
Robert Renden, Ph.D. receives $1.5 million NIH grant
Robert Renden, Ph.D., a University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine researcher and Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology faculty member, has received a $1.5 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant award to explore how mitochondria support synaptic function in the healthy brain and advance new approaches in the study of some diseases. Congratulations on this impressive award!
Congratulations, Isaura Vanessa Gutierrez, on your second-place win!
Isaura Vanessa Gutierrez (PI: Cyprian Rossetto) won second place and $300 in the 11th annual George G. Bierkamper Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Retreat at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Presentation title: Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) ORF59 N-terminus Binds to Histones and C-terminus is not Required for DNA Synthesis
Congratulations, Emily E. Hannah, on your third-place win!
Emily E. Hannah (PI: David AuCoin) won third place and $200 in the 11th annual George G. Bierkamper Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Retreat at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Presentation title: Development of immunoassays for detection of Francisella tularensis lipopolysaccharide in tularemia patient
Congratulations, Caleb J. Worker, on your first-place win!
Caleb J. Worker (PI: Yumei Feng Earley) won first place and $500 in the 11th annual George G. Bierkamper Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Retreat at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Presentation title: Neuronal (Pro)Renin Receptor Deletion Attenuates Astrogliosis And Inflammation In The Arcuate Nucleus Of Mice Fed With High Fat Diet
Congratulations to our two Graduate Dean's Merit Scholars!
Congratulations to Emer Ni Bhraonain (3rd year) and Lauren Parker (1st year), recipients of the Graduate Dean’s Merit Scholarship. The Dean’s award recognizes outstanding academic record and promise of productive scholarship and is awarded annually.
CMPP Program Director Seungil Ro awarded $2 million to continue research on a cure for type 2 diabetes
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Associate Professor Seungil Ro, Ph.D., department of physiology and cell biology, has made an important discovery-finding a molecule that can be used to inhibit and treat Type 2 diabetes. This new discovery helped obtain $2 million in funding for project development over the course of the next three years.
The $2 million contract will support Ro, whose lab discovered that Type 2 diabetes can be caused by gastroparesis, a condition where stomach muscles stop working properly and therefore have difficulty moving food from the stomach to the small intestine. Read the full article.
Brian Prince awarded a Graduate Dean's Fellowship
Brian Prince, a Ph.D. student in Cell and Molecular Biology, was awarded a Graduate Dean's Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year. The Graduate Dean's Fellowship for promising, newly admitted Ph.D. students is a one-year award in the amount $35,000 per academic year ($17,500 per semester).