Archive for the ‘Departmental News’ Category

Congratulations to Cheng Fang in the Harris Lab

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Cheng Fang in the Harris laboratory for winning first prize at the “Prion 2015″ meeting in Colorado for her poster presentation “PrPSc-containing brain samples induce PrPC-dependent retraction of dendritic spines in primary neurons”.

Congratulations Biochemistry Russek Award Winners

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Congratulations to the The Department of Biochemistry’s winners of the Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day 2015.

The first prize goes to Samantha (Sami) Hiemer, who is a student in Dr. Varelas’s lab, the second prize was awarded to Madelane Teran, who is a student in Dr. Nugent’s lab and an honorable mention goes to Chendi Li.  Our congratulations go out to the winners as well as their advisors!

See you all on  Friday, May 1st in Hiebert Lounge for Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day 2015.

Congratulations to Larry Pessolano

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Congratulations to Larry Pessolano in the Schreiber lab for his abstract presentation at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2014 (Nov. 15-19, Chicago, IL). Larry was invited to present this abstract entitled “Serum Amyloid A and Toll-Like Receptor 2 Activation Promote Dedifferentiation of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells” to honor his selection as one of the top scoring abstracts at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2014 Scientific Sessions last May.

Congratulations to Yanyan Lu!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Congratulations to Yanyan Lu in the Costello Laboratory for successfully defending her PhD Thesis: “Mass Spectrometry Studies of Immunoglobulins”

Congratulations to Teresa Colvin

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Congratulations to Teresa Colvin in the Sherman lab who successfully defended her PhD Thesis: “The Heat Shock Protein Hsp70 Affects Cancer Signaling Via its Interaction with Co-chaperone Bag3″.

Congratulations to Yu Huang

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Congratulations to Yu Huang in the Zaia lab for successfully defending his PhD Thesis: “Extracellular Remodeling Enzyme Processed Heparan Sulfate Oligosaccharides: Method Development and Characterization using Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry”

Congratulations to Kathleen Tumelty

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Congratulations to Kathleen Tumelty in the Layne laboratory who successfully defended her PhD Thesis: “Mechanisms of Aortic Carboxypeptidase-like Protein Regulation of the Fibroblast to Myofibroblast Transition“.

Congratulations to Albert Lee, PhD

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Congratulations to Albert Lee in Dr. Vickery Trinkaus-Randall’s laboratory who successfully defended his PhD thesis: “Hypoxia Impairs Wounds Healing by Inducing Changes in Calcium Mobilization and Adhesion Proteins”.

Congratulations to Vickery Trinkaus-Randall

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Dr. Trinkaus-Randall has received the Graduate Medical Sciences Faculty Recognition Award that was given at the Eighth Annual John McCahan Medical Campus Education Day.

Biochemistry Retreat 2012

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

The Biochemistry Department went on a 2 day retreat on October 18th and 19th at the Wachusett Village Inn. Please see photos

Congratulations also go out to the winners in the Best Poster competition. All retreat attendees voted for their favorite posters in three category. Ballots were tallied then burned in the fire pit before any ballots with hanging chads could be contested.


  • Erin Smith won in the postdoc poster category
  • Madelane Teran won in the Postqual student poster category
  • Ankur Prasad & Mike Jager (not shown) shared the prize in the prequal student/research technician category