September 2011

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September 15th, 2011

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items



  • Dr. Nader Rahimi has been awarded an Ignition Award from the Office of Technology of Boston University for development of humanized blocking monoclonal anti-IGPR-1 antibody for the treatment of human Lung Cancers. The provisional patent also has been filed for this novel technology.
  • Please give a warm welcome to our new students
    • Jessica Allen; PhD Candidate
    • Lujain Al-Sowaimel, MA Candidate
    • Laura Anthony, MA Candidate
    • Mostafa Belghasem, PhD Candidate
    • Chad Mayer, MD/PhD Candidate
    • Caitlin Miller; PhD Candidate
    • Timothy Norman, MA Candidate
    • John Veltre, MA Candidate
  • The summer has a flurry of activities going on with students interning from high schools and colleges in several pathology labs!
    • The Office of Summer Term’s program, Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE), once again offered rising high school seniors the opportunity to participate in basic science research for six weeks.  Forty-three students are places throughout the BU community and several were place in the Pathology and Immunology Departments:
      • Tim Elton in the Remick Lab hails from Detroit Country Day School, High School in Detroit, Michigan
      • Dave Sperber in the Remick Lab arrives from Bergin County Academies High School, Hackensack, New Jersey
      • Christopher Ng in the Kurosawa Lab comes from Monta Vista High in Cupertino, CA
      • Sharath Reddy was in the Cruikshank Lab, she is from Sacramento High School in California
    • These experiences culminated in a Poster Presentation on the Charles River Campus
PHOTO 1. RemickLabw-SummerStudents2011.Poster 08122011-14 Mentors Jackie Bouchard and Ritu Moitra, PhD Candidates with RISE Students, Dave Sperber and Tim Elton
PHOTO 2.Kurosawaw-SummerStudent2011.Poster 08122011-17 RISE Student Christopher Ng, Kurosawa Lab Members:  Caitlin Leibowitz, PhD Candidate and Danielle Day, Lab Technician

PHOTO 3.Dave Sperber PresentionPoster 08122011-5 Dave Sperber, RISE Student explaining his poster research


  • John Kim, PhD in the Remick Lab had junior Fay Feghali from Phillips Academy, who did a project entitled: “Optimization of bronchoalveolar lavage to minimize the variation of total cell numbers in a mouse model of asthma”
  • Dr. William Cruikshank also had Patrick Memari from Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania. Patrick was here on a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Award granted through his college. Patrick’s project was entitled; “”Loss of Pro-IL-16 induces apoptotic resistance in T cells”
  • At the recent American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting , in Atlanta, Georgia (July 23-28th), Dr. Martin Kroll gave several presentations, including:
    • What Does It Take to Achieve Good Precision?  Enhancing Laboratory Operations Through Analytical Quality and Informatics
    • Biological Variation:  The Often Forgotten Source of Variation in Laboratory Test Results
    • Advantages and Challenges of the HIV Ag/Ab Combo Test
    • Dr. Kroll also presented at a roundtable on Laboratory Management
  • On behalf of Dr. Debbie Stearns-Kurosawa:  Please welcome Josh Brand to our Pathology Department.  Josh is a graduate of Tufts University (undergrad and Master’s program) and will be working as a full-time technician in the Kurosawa lab.  He’s a native of Miami, FL , teaches break dancing and has the good sense to be a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Dr. Maria Panchenko, PhD was awarded a 5-year NIH grant; RO1 DK087910-01A1: “Histone Acetyl Transferase HBO1 in kidney epithelial cell cycle”


Abstracts Accepted:

  • Abstract accepted for publication in The EMBO Journal; MICRO-RNA-34C IS A NOVEL TARGET TO TREAT DEMENTIAS by Zovoilis , Agbemenyah, Agis-Balboa , Stilling , Rao , Edbauer , Farinelli , Delalle , Schmitt, Falkai , Bahari-Javan, Burkhardt , Sananbenesi and Fischer
  • Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Dermatopathologists in Seattle, Washington; October 2011. “Expression of gelatinases (MMP-2, MMP-9) and gelatinase activator (MMP-14) in actinic keratosis and in in situ and invasive squamous cell carcinoma”  Marier Hernández-Pérez, MD; Mohamad El-hajahmad, MHCM; Meera Mahalingam, MD, PhD, FRCPath.
  • Abstract accepted to American Journal of Pathology “Diesel Exhaust Particulates Exacerbate Asthma-like Inflammation by Increasing CXC Chemokines” Jiyoun Kim, Sudha Natarajan, Louis J. Vaickus,  Jacqueline C. Bouchard, Dominic Beal, William W. Cruikshank, and Daniel G Remick


Publications: PUBLISHED

  • Resident Stephen Hammond, MD had a recent paper published: Daichi Hayashi, Stephen Hammond, Ali Guermazi; “Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors: multimodality imaging features with pathological correlation;” Japanese Journal of Radiology Mar 2011;29: 85-91
  • Recent publication from Kurosawa Lab:  Stearns-Kurosawa DJ, Collins V, Freeman S, Debord  D, Nishikawa K, Oh S-Y, Leibowitz CS, Kurosawa S.   Rescue From Lethal Shiga Toxin 2-induced Renal Failure with a Cell-Permeable Peptide.  Pediatric Nephrology, 2011, in press (PMID: 2160390)
  • Dr. Sandra Cerda has a paper published: Soucy G, Wang HH, Farraye FA, Schmidt JF, Farris AB, Lauwers GY, Cerda SR, Dendrinos KG, Odze RD. “Clinical and pathological analysis of colonic Crohn’s disease, including a subgroup with ulcerative colitis-like features,” Modern Pathology 2011 Aug 12. doi: 10.1038/modpathol.2011.120. [Epub ahead of print] Mod Pathol.


Publications ACCEPTED:

  • Sudha Natarajan, Jiyoun Kim, Jacqueline Bouchard, William Cruikshank, Daniel Remick. “Pulmonary Endotoxin Tolerance Protects against Cockroach Allergen-induced Asthma-like Inflammation in a Mouse Model.” Accepted for publication in International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
  • Michael H. A. Roehrl, Marier Hernandez, Shi Yang, Thomas G. Christensen, Claudio Morera, and Julia Y. Wang “Helicobacter Heilmannii Gastritis in a Young Patient with Pets” Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2011, in press)
  • Azadzoi K, Chen B, Radisavljevic Z, and Siroky Mike: “Molecular Reactions and Ultrastructural Damage in the Chronically Ischemic Bladder” has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Urology