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Archive for March, 2010

Dr. Costello Receives Outstanding Achievement Award in Mass Spectrometry

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Congratulations to Dr. Cathy Costello for receiving the 2010 Frank H. Field and Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry from the American Chemical Society. This is a tremendous honor and a recognition Cathy’s pioneering contributions to the mass spectrometry of biomolecules, especially carbohydrates and glycoproteins. A link to the B.U. news announcement is below.

Costello BU News

Milka Koupenova-Zamor Defends Thesis

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Milka S. Koupenova-Zamor in Dr. Ravid’s laboratory successfully defended her PhD thesis “The role of A2b adenosine receptors in vascular function”.

Congratulations Dr. Koupenova-Zamor

Liz Pino Defends Thesis

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Elizabeth Pino in Dr. Farmer’s laboratory successfully defended her PhD thesis “Hypoxic Regulation of Adipocyte Gene Expression”. Congratulations Dr. Pino!

Johann Bergholz Awarded DOD Predoctoral Traineeship

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Johann Bergholz in Dr. Xiao’s laboratory received a Predoctoral Traineeship Award for his project “Role of p63 in Regulation of Erk1/2 Signaling and Breast Cancer Progression”. This competitive award is from the Department of Defense (DOD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. Congratulations Johann!

Kelsey Derricks Wins AMA Research Grant!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Kelsey Derricks, a Boston University ENGMEDIC student, was awarded a highly competitive American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Seed Grant to conduct research in Dr. Matthew Nugent’s laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry at BUSM.  Kelsey, a 2009 graduate from Boston University’s Biomedical Engineering program, will expand on her senior research project, Engineering a 3D Lung Extracellular Matrix, that she completed under the joint guidance of Dr. Nugent and Dr. Bela Suki (Department of Biomedical Engineering).  Kelsey will study the mechanisms controlling lung cell production of extracellular matrix and specifically aims to understand how mechanical forces and inflammatory proteases act together to modulate the structure and function of lung extracellular matrix.  The goal of these studies is to provide insight for the eventual development of new therapies for chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, a large group of deadly diseases with few available treatment options.

The AMA Foundation established the Seed Grant Research Program in 2000 to encourage medical students, physician residents and fellows to enter the research field. The program provides grants to help budding physician scientists conduct small basic science, applied, or clinical research projects.  In 2010 the AMA Foundation awarded 38 seed grants to physicians and students across the United States.  Kelsey is the first Boston University student to ever be awarded an AMA Seed Grant.  Congratulations Kelsey!

Junfeng Wu defends thesis

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Junfeng Wu recently defended his thesis, “Regulation and function of p63 in cancer cell invasion”.

Dr. Junfeng Wu and Dr. Jim Xiao (mentor)

JW-Xiaodefense