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Congratulations to Molecular and Cellular Pathology PhD student, Hung-An Ting, in the laboratory of Dr. Nickolas Lukacs, whose work on “Notch Ligand Delta-like 4 Promotes Regulatory T Cell Identity in Pulmonary Viral Infection" is featured in the “In This Issue” section of the February 15, 2017 issue of The Journal of Immunology. The “In This Issue” highlights articles considered to be among the top 10% of articles published in the journal.  Their work is on regulating lung pathology with the Notch pathway.


The MCP program once again extends our congratulations to Hung-An Tingpre-doctoral graduate student mentored by Nick Lukacs. Hung-An was selected as a recipient of an AAI Trainee Poster Award at The American Association of Immunologists annual meeting May 8th - 12th in New Orleans, LA. This award provides travel support to AAI trainee members whose first author abstracts are selected for poster sessions and found to be exceptional by the AAI Abstract Programming Chairs. Selection is based on the originality and significance of the research being presented.


Congratulations to Talha Anwar, pre-doctoral graduate student in the Kleer lab on receiving a  Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral  MD/PhD Fellowship (F30). This three year grant will support Talha's thesis project titled "Non-  canonical functions of EZH2 in triple-negative breast cancers." His project investigates the  mechanistic and functional contributions of EZH2, a protein found significantly elevated in triple-  negative breast cancers, and focuses on the development of new prognostic indicators for  aggressive TNBCs. Kudos to Talha!


Congratulations to Sierrah Grigsby, pre-doctoral graduate student in the Nikolovska-Coleska  lab on being selected to participate in the prestigious 2015 National Science  Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Starting in May 2015 this  fellowship will provide 3 years of support which will allow Sierrah to work on her thesis related to  understanding the protein-protein interaction of histone methyltransferase, disruptor of telomeric  silencing 1-like (DOT1L), with known and novel proteins. Sierrah is "looking forward to the  progression of this project" and is very thankful for her mentor's and the support of the MCP  program. 


Congratulations to Hung-An Ting, pre-doctoral graduate student (mentored by Nick Lukacs), who has been selected as a Barbour Scholar for the 2015-2016 academic year! The Barbour Fellowship was established in 1914 for "women of the highest academic and professional caliber from the area formerly known as the Orient to study modern science, medicine, mathematics and other academic disciplines and professions critical to the developement of their native lands." Along with outstanding academic accomplishments, recipients are selected on the basis of potential for contribution to their home country.


13th Annual Pathology Research Symposium

November 14, 2014

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our student awards. Congratulations to you all!


Outstanding Research Award


The inaugural Outstanding Research Award went to Anirban Sahu an MD/PhD student in Dr. Arul  Chinnaiyan's lab. The purpose of this award is to recognize talented and exceptional students in our  program who have exhibited excellence in their research, academics, and other forms of recognition  for scientific accomplishments. Each year one award recipient will be announced during our Annual  Pathology Research Symposium. 

Best Oral Presentation Award


Rebekah Martin

MCP student

Mentor: Dr. Michael Bachman

Talk title: Identification of disease-associated genes in Klebsiella pneumoniae clinical isolates 


Best Poster Awards


 Mary Morgan

 MCP student

 Mentor: Dr. David Ferguson

 Poster title: Mre11-cyclin dependent kinase 2 interaction in the DNA double-strand break response


 David Rogawski

 MCP/MSTP student

 Mentor: Dr. Jolanta Grembecka

 Poster title: Small molecule inhibitors for the Ash1L histone methyltransferase

2013 Dance Your PhD Contest


MCP/MSTP student Dave Rogawski was a finalist in the 2013 Dance your PhD contest! View Dave's video "Small molecule inhibitors for the Ash1L histone methyltransferase" below.

Can I make a drug from David Rogawski on Vimeo.