MCP In the News
Spring 2014 News
- April 2014: Dr. Shigeki Miyamoto, professor of oncology, was awarded the Kellet Mid-Career Award. Dr. Miyamoto studies what happens when cells stop communicating effectively and how it leads to cancer. He is interested in a particular cell signaling molecule and the role it plays in nuclear stress, cancer cell growth and anticancer drug evasion. He was named an H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellow in 2005
- April 2014: Dr. David Wassarman featured in the Spring 2014 issue of On Wisconsin Magazine for his research on head injuries. Read the article here.
- April 2014: Luigi Puglielli, MD, PhD, associate professor, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Department of Medicine, was invited to serve as a member of the Cellular Mechanisms in Aging and Development Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2018. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science. These functions are of great value to medical and allied research in this country.
- March 2014: Two members of MCP faculty, Dr. Dave Beebe and Dr. Ronald Raines, have been appointed to Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation named professorships. The appointment includes $75,000 in research support from WARF over five years.
- March 2014: Dr. Patricia Keely named Chair of Cell and Regenerative Biology and is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of the School of Medicine and Public Health's Quarterly. Read the article here.
- March 2014: Dr. Mark Burkard, Dr. Dave Beebe, and Dr. Michael Gould contribute to UW Health Breast Center and are featured in the Winter 2014 issue of the School of Medicine and Public Health's Quarterly. Read the article here.
- March 2014: Dr. John Denu finds that fatty acids, like Omega-3, play a role in our genes and is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of the School of Medicine and Public Health's Quarterly. Read the article here.
- March 2014: The 1st Annual Symposium on Therapeutics Discovery & Development is featured on page 3 in the latest issue of UW ITCR Today. Poster awardees at this event include three past MCP students: Chorom Pak, Ryan Behrens, and Kassondra Meyer. Pictured: Ishani De
- March 2014: Bo Liu, PhD, Impact of the micromechanical environment on inflammation in AAA progression, was awarded a Winter 2014 Voucher Award in the second round competition for service vouchers from the ICTR TTRC group.
- March 2014: The Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) has awarded New Investigator Program grants to five researchers at the SMPH. The New Investigator grants support assistant professors early in their careers to pursue innovative research and education efforts related to health improvement. WPP’s Partnership Education Research Committee awarded two-year, $100,000 grants to Lian-Wang Guo, PhD, assistant professor of surgery; Melissa Harrison, AB, PhD, assistant professor of biomolecular chemistry; Nancy Pandhi, MD, MPH, PhD, assistant professor of family medicine; Margaret Schwarze, MD, MPP, assistant professor of surgery; and Nathan Sherer, PhD, assistant professor of oncology. The New Investigator Program is one of seven grant programs administered by the Wisconsin Partnership Program. For more information, see the full article on the SMPH website. More information about the WPP is available on the organization’s website.
- March 2014: Melissa Harrison, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Biomolecular Chemistry, was awarded a Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award funded by the March of Dimes. The award, totaling $150,000 over two years, will fund Harrison’s research exploring the role of the Grainyhead transcription factor family in epithelial barrier formation and neural tube closure. By studying this highly conserved protein family in the powerful model system Drosophila, Harrison's research will provide mechanistic insight into the function of Grainyhead during development and may suggest possible ways to treat or screen for neural tube defects.
- March 2014: Baron Chanda, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience, received the 2013 Cranefield Award, presented by the Council of the Society of General Physiologists. The award, named after Paul Cranefield, PhD, MD, who for 30 years was the editor of The Journal of General Physiology, is given to a young, independent investigator who published an exceptional article in the journal during the previous year. The society’s leaders selected Chanda for his publication, “Estimating the Voltage-Dependent Free Energy Change of Ion Channels using the Median Voltage for Activation,” published in January 2012. For more information, please see the full article on the SMPH website.
- February 2014: John Denu, PhD, and Catherine Fox, PhD, both professors in the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry, recently received a two year Collaborative Research Award in the amount of $240,000 from the National Institutes of Health to examine the epigenetic mechanisms that regulate chromosome duplication, a process fundamental to cell proliferation. This award will allow the laboratories of Denu and Fox to team up and define the epigenetic mechanisms that ORC uses to duplicate chromosomes.
- February 2014: John Denu, PhD, professor, Department of Biomolecular Chemistry, has been asked to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. His renewable board appointment began in fall 2013 and will run through 2018.
- February 2014: Michelle Kimple, PhD, assistant professor, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, was funded by the American Diabetes Association for her proposal titled "Arachidonic Acid Metabolism and Beta-Cell Dysfunction: Beyond COX-2." The long-term goal is to fully characterize the PGE2 synthesis and signaling pathways in the normal and diabetic beta-cell, determining steps that become dysfunctional in the diabetic state, and ultimately modulating these steps for preventative and therapeutic purposes.
- January 2014: Dr. Avtar Roopra featured in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health's Quarterly for breast cancer research
Fall 2013 News
- October 2013: ICTR Voucher Awardees Summer 2013
- Awardee Spotlight: Wei Xu and SMSSF Services
- The Xu lab works on a protein arginine methyltransferase named CARM1 that activates transcription of a number of cancer-relevant transcription factors. As CARM1 regulates breast cancer cell proliferation and metastasis, identification of small molecule modulators of CARM1 via HTS assays would enable more facile and rigorous approaches to understanding the roles of CARM1 activity in cancer cells, as well as provide leads for anti-cancer drugs with a novel mechanism of action. Using a newly established assay to identify chemical modulators of CARM1 activity, SMSSF will screen large compound libraries to identify candidate compounds with the drug-like properties amendable for lead optimization by medical chemistry. SMSSF will provide compound libraries, perform primary large scale screening using robotic liquid handling system, and facilitate compound optimization by medical chemists, thus generating important proof of concept data for future competitive funding applications.
- Awards were made for the first round competition for TTRC service vouchers from ICTR. Two of the awards were for MCP Faculty:
- Awardee Spotlight: Wei Xu and SMSSF Services
- October 2013: Emery Bresnick, PhD, Kellett Professor of Cell and Regenerative Biology and director of the Blood Research Program at the SMPH, will serve on the editorial board of Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology and a major journal in its field. Bresnick also recently agreed to serve an additional three years on the editorial board of Molecular and Cellular Biology, another major journal in its respective field.
- October 2013: Michelle Kimple, PhD, assistant professor, Division of Endocrinology, was asked to be on the editorial board of a new Nature family journal, Nutrition and Diabetes.
Summer 2013 News
- August 2013: Dr. Bill Bement was recently featured in the journal Current Biology, sharing how he discovered his love for scientific research. The entire story is featured on ScienceDirect.com, click here to read more.
- August 2013: Tyler Duellman and Kevin Oelstrom awarded the Translational Cardiovascular fellowship for 2013-2014.
- August 2013: Professor Rupa Sridharan named 2013 Shaw Scientist by The Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
- August 2013: Professor Rupa Sridharan looks to break conversion rate of stem cells.
- August 2013: Professor James Thomson serves as principle investigator of new gene repair technique that promises advances in regenerative medicine.
- June 2013: Dr. Su-Chun Zhang is featured in an article entitled Waisman scientists model human disease in stem cells. The article is concerning his research that uses induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells).
- June 2013: Dr. James Thomson is featured in a Wisconsin State Journal article. The article is entitled Stem cell company CDI files for IPO and is about his company, Cellular Dynamics International, going public.
Spring 2013 News
- May 2013: Natalie Patzlaff offered a Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship through the Waisman Center.
- April 2013: Professor James Thomson awarded McEwen Award for Innovation from the from the International Society for Stem Cell Research
- April 2013: Professor Ron Raines named the winner of the 2013 Jeremy Knowles Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
- April 2013: Dr. Colin Jefcoate, appointed to WARF named chair for research on identifying molecular mechanisms exploited by toxic agents such as dioxin to disrupt cellular signaling conducted by hormones and other proteins.
- April 2013: Dr. Elaine Alarid named 2013 Vilas Associate
- March 2013: Dr. Su-Chun Zhang is featured in an article in Quarterly, published by the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- February 2013: Dr. Emery Bresnick is the recipient of a Kellett Mid-Career Award.
- February 2013: Dr. Patricia Keely has received a Romnes Faculty Fellowship 2013.
- More information on Dr. Bresnick and Dr. Keely's awards:
- Patricia Keely, PhD, and Emery Bresnick, PhD, are among UW-Madison faculty members to be honored with a Romnes Faculty Fellowship and Kellett Mid-Career Award, respectively.
- Keely, professor of cell and regenerative biology at the SMPH and director of the Molecular Pharmacology graduate program, earned a Romnes award, which recognizes exceptional faculty members who have earned tenure within the last four years. Selected by a UW Graduate School committee, winners receive an unrestricted $50,000 award for research, supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).
- Keely's research focuses on how cellular interactions with the extracellular matrix are altered during carcinogenesis, to result in invasive, metastatic carcinoma.
- Bresnick, professor of cell and regenerative biology, earned a Kellett award, supported by WARF. The award recognizes outstanding mid-career faculty members who are five to 20 years past the first promotion to a tenured position. Each winner, chosen by a UW Graduate School committee, receives a $60,000 flexible research award.
- Bresnick is an expert on epigenetics and the development and function of blood cells.
- More information on Dr. Bresnick and Dr. Keely's awards:
- January 2013: Assistant Professor Pamela Kreeger is featured in an article concerning advancements in the study of the relationship between cells and proteins. The article is entitled What proteins say about cell behavior.
Fall 2012 News
- September 2012: Welcome Reception and Poster Session.