May 2014

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items


  • Maria Panchenko, PhD lectured April 28th and 29th:
    • The Institute of Biosciences and Technology (Houston, Texas) for their Special Seminar Series
    • The Veterinary School of A&M University (College Station, Texas) at Toxicology Seminar Series,
    • Her talk was “Histone Acetyl Transferase HBO1-JADE1 Complex in Epithelial Cell Injury and Regeneration”
  • Debbie Stearns-Kurosawa, PhD was invited to give a presentation at the 37th annual Shock Society meeting in Charlotte, NC in June 2014.  The title of her talk will be “A Darwinian View of Sepsis Animal Models”. 
  • Caitlyn Leibowitz, PhD candidate in the Kurosawa lab, had her research accepted for a poster presentation at the 37th Annual Shock Society Meeting in Charlotte, NC in June 2014. Caitlin also received a $1000 travel award to attend the meeting 
  • Dr. Carmen Sarita-Reyes recently presented (May 14th-16th) at the American Dental Association, Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations Microbiology-Pathology Test Construction Committee Meeting in Chicago, Illinois as the Pathology representative on the Test Construction Committee
  • David Sherr, PhD along with David Seldin, MD, PhD as Co-PIs, just received a $300,000 award from the Avon Foundation to study the role of environmental chemicals in driving production of breast cancer stem cells

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David Sherr, PhD, and David Seldin, MD, receiving their award at the end of this year’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

  • Barbara Nikolajczyk, PhD gave a presentation at the American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, Major Symposium, “The Th17 axis dominates human type 2 diabetes,” May 2014
  • Dr. Nikolajczyk, PhD also received a Seed Grant entitled “Epigenetic prediction of insulin resistance,” from the Genome Sciences Institute, Boston University, funded from 5/1/14 – 4/30/15, $16,700.00
  • Jacquelyn Sikora, PhD candidate in the Connors Lab attended the International Symposium on Amyloidosis in Indianapolis from April 27- May 1 along with Dr. Lawreen Connors and the rest of the Amyloidosis Center. Jacquelyn gave an oral presentation entitled “Non-coding genetic variation of the transthyretin gene in senile systemic amyloidosis” on Tuesday, April 29th and Jacquelyn also gave a poster presentation of the same title on Wednesday, April 30th.
  • Clarissa Koch, PhD candidate in the Connors Lab also presented a poster at the International Symposium on Amyloidosis in Indianapolis; “Serum levels of retinol binding protein and transthyretin are altered in patients with TTR-associated forms of amyloidosis.” Authors: Clarissa M. Koch, Evan L. Chiswick, Haili Cui, Gloria G. Chan, Carl J. O’Hara, John L. Berk, David C. Seldin, Lawreen H. Connors.
  • This year, Boston University for the first time started a “Physician Assistance Program”. PhD Candidates Mostafa Belghasem (Henderson Lab) and Caitlin Miller (Gummuluru Lab) taught the immunology part of the PS701 BMS (Basic Medical Sciences) course, one of the first year curriculum courses
  • In addition Mostafa presented a study workshop titled “How to Study Course Material & Improve Grades” to students taking PA600 (Introduction to Pathology and Pathophysiology of Disease). The workshop was offered after several students requested from the course directors ways in which they might better study the course material with the aim of improving their performance on the final exam. Very special thanks to Dr. Tom Christensen and Cecelia Slayter for organizing the event.
  • Dr. Akifumi Fujita, a visiting radiology scholar from Japan working with our Pathology Team has received Best Case Award for the Neuroradiology Section at AIRP with “Malignant mixed tumor (Carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma) of the palate”. AIRP is American Institution for Radiologic Pathology. The four-week radiologic pathology correlation course presents a comprehensive review of radiologic imaging with emphasis on the principles of radiologic-pathologic correlation. Approximately 95 percent of U.S. radiology residents attend the course at some point during their training. Additionally, a large number of radiology residents and fellows from Canada, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Asia and South America regularly attend the course. Residents submit hundreds of cases to the AIRP, but only a handful are designated as the course’s “best cases.” Dr. Fujita worked in particular with Dr. Huihong Xu and Dr. Anita Malek who prepared all of the pathology images (gross and micro), slide, and documents.
  • Graduation for PhDs and Masters Candidates was the May 16-17 Weekend; here are some photos of the happy occasion: 2 (4)

Masters Degree Graduates, Benjamin Lee & Sun Young Jang; May 16, 2014. Well done! 3 (5)

Dr. Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa, Benjamin Lee’s mentor, graduate Ben Lee, graduate Sun Young Jang and Dr. Chris Andry, Masters Program Director following May, 2014 Graduation Ceremonies! 1 (5)

Dr. Chris Andry, Masters Degree Program Director and recent graduate Benjamin Lee


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      New graduates, Evan Chiswick, PhD and Jed Mahoney, PhD celebrating their achievements, May 17, 2014. Bravo!

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Evan Chiswick, PhD and his family attend graduation at Agannis Arena


Publications: ACCEPTED:

  • 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)

Publications: PUBLISHED:

  • Eladio Rodriguez-Diaz, PhD,* Christopher Atkinson, MD,† Lisa I. Jepeal, BA,* Adam Berg, MD,* Christopher S. Huang, MD,* Sandra R. Cerda, MD,‡ Michael J. O’Brien, MD, MPH,‡ Irving J. Bigio, PhD,*,§Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc,* and Satish K. Singh, MD*,§,k; Elastic Scattering Spectroscopy as an Optical Marker of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Activity and Subtypes. Inflamm Bowel Dis _ Volume 0, Number 0, Month 2014
  • Zhou, Yangsheng, Xia Liu, Lian Xu, Zachary R Hunter, Yang Cao, Guang Yang, Ruben Carrasco, and Steven P Treon. “Transcriptional Repression of Plasma Cell Differentiation Is Orchestrated by Aberrant over-Expression of the ETS Factor SPIB in Waldenström Macroglobulinaemia.” British Journal of Haematology (May 07, 2014). doi:10.1111/bjh.12936