April 2014

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items


  • On Behalf of Dr. Sandra Cerda; Residency Program Director:
  • We have received great news from the ACGME Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Pathology who recently met and reviewed our Anatomic and Clinical Pathology-Residency Program.  We have been granted “Continued Accreditation” for 10 years (effective 4/17/2014 until 4/1/2024).  We want to thank everyone who is involved with our residency program and our residents for making this possible
  • A manuscript from Panchenko Lab “Cell cycle-dependent chromatin shuttling of HBO1-JADE1 histone acetyl transferase (HAT) complex”  by Nirodhini S Siriwardana, Rosana Meyer, Andrea Havasi, Isabel Dominguez, and Maria V Panchenko was accepted in the “Cell Cycle” Journal in a record short time and is available online. According to the reviewer “The authors have performed elegant and conclusive experiments to prove their point and have extended their experiment with an in vitro model of kidney regeneration. I recommend publication.” The study has been selected by the Journal to be further promoted in the “News&Views” section.
  • Dr. Shinichiro Kurosawa has been invited to give two talks in May:
    • At the 29th Japan Shock Society Meeting; “A new animal model of human pneumonia followed by sepsis” on May 17th in Matsuyama, Japan
    • Also invited to give a talk at the 36th Congress of the Japanese Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis; “Searching for New Insights into the Mechanism of Thrombotic Microangiopathies (TMAs) and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC)on May 28 – 30, Osaka, Japan
  • Dr. David Sherr gave a podcast at the Museum of Science on Breast Cancer and the Environment in March entitled “The role of the environment in Breast Cancer-Research in the Boston University Superfund Research Program.” Listen here
  • Caitlin Miller, PhD Candidate Gummuluru Lab, will be presenting at the Cold Spring Harbor Conference on Retroviruses May 19th-24th in Cold Harbor, New York. The title of her talk is, “HIV-1 Vpr is necessary for gp120 production and incorporation into myeloid cell-derived progeny virions;” Caitlin M. Miller, Hisashi Akiyama, Nora Guadalupe Pina Ramirez, Suzanne Geer Kijewski, and Rahm Gummuluru
  • Dr. Ivana Delalle has also been invited to give two lectures in May:
    • A platform presentation at the 6th Croatian Obesity Congress entitled “Central Nervous System Control of Food Intake and Body Weight” on May 9, 2014 in Sibenik, Croatia.
    • Lecture entitled “MicroRNAs as Biomarkers for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder” at the Croatian Institute for Brain Research at Zagreb University School of Medicine on May 14, 2014 in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Dr. Barb Nikolajczyk was asked to give two talks in April:
    • Washington University School of Medicine, Center for Human Nutrition, St. Louis, MO, “B cells support a dominant Th17 cytokine signature in human type 2 diabetes,” April 2014
    • Michigan State University, Department of Pharmacology, Lansing, MI, “B cells support a dominant Th17 cytokine signature in human type 2 diabetes,” April 2014
  • Dr. Nikolajczyk recently received a new grant; Epigenetic prediction of insulin resistance
    • PI: Barbara Nikolajczyk; Agency: Genome Sciences Institute, Boston University; Type: Seed Grant; Funding Period: 5/1/14 – 4/30/15
  • RUSSEK AWARDS: Dr. Barbara Slack is pleased to announce that this year’s Russek Award recipients in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are,
    • First prize- Caitlin Leibowitz (Advisor: Deborah J. Stearns-Kurosawa)
    • From Dr. Stearns-Kurosawa, Caitlin was selected to receive a First Prize Award in the H.I. Russek Student Achievement Awards Competition, in recognition of her excellent work as a graduate student at Boston University School of Medicine, and her service to the BU community.  She will give a presentation on Russek Day, May 2nd
    • Second Prize- Nicole Stauffer (Advisor: Joseph P. Mizgerd)
    • Congratulations to Caitlin and Nicole, and thank you to everyone who submitted abstracts for the poster session. Russek Day will be held on May 2nd in the Hiebert Lounge (L building, 14th floor)
  • Nancy S. Miller, M.D. published a lead article in Clinical Microbiology Newsletter (Vol. 36, No. 8 April 15, 2014) entitled: “Occupy Call Street? Reconsidering a Microbiology Critical Action Value Policy”
  • Jason Sutin, PhD Candidate gave a talk on April 29th at the Optical Society’s Biomedical Optics conference in Miami, Florida. The title of his presentation is “Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy Measurement Of Cerebral Hemodynamics And Oxygen Metabolism During Anesthesia-Induced Burst Suppression In Rats.”
  • David Sherr, PhD, Lab was awarded a supplement to Ben Wolozin’s RO1 to study the effects of environmental chemicals on development of ALS

Publications: ACCEPTED:

  • Nirodhini S Siriwardana, Rosana Meyer, Andrea Havasi, Isabel Dominguez, and Maria V Panchenko; “Cell cycle-dependent chromatin shuttling of HBO1-JADE1 histone acetyl transferase (HAT) complex,” accepted by Cell Cycle

Publications: PUBLISHED:

  • Zhu, M, DeFuria, J, Carr, JD, Belkina, AC, Van Dyke, TE, Gyurko, R, Nikolajczyk, BS; “B cells promote obesity-associated periodontitis and oral pathogen-associated inflammation.”  J. Leuk. Biol. (In Press).