Student Highlights and Congratulations
Congratulations to Anna Gretzinger, who received a Corrine F. Resta Endowed Doctoral Student Award in the amount of $10,000. Well done, Anna!
Congratulations to Alex Haimbaugh for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis!
Congratulations to Pharmacology Ph.D. student, Anna Gretzinger, for being selected as an NIH-funded CBI scholar for 2022-2023.
Dr. Carly Martin, who defended her Ph.D. thesis March 3rd, has received the Leonard N. Simons Award for Exemplary Research and Scholarly Achievement. The Leonard N. Simons Award for Exemplary Research and Scholarly Achievement is awarded at the annual event to a Cancer Biology student who has distinguished him- or herself in scholarship and leadership. For more information, please click here.
Congratulations to incoming Pharmacology Ph.D. student, Mathew Prifti, for being awarded the Dean's Diversity Fellowship!
The Dean's Diversity Fellowship is designed to attract new doctoral students to Wayne State University. The fellowship covers three academic years during which fellows have no service requirements.
Congratulations to Ph.D student Sean Johnson for successfully completing his Ph.D. defense!
Favia Nixon was featured in an issue of ACS Student Magazine! Check out the article here!
Congratulations to Favia Nixon for being selected as a recipient of an ABRCMS 2021 Presentation Award at the ABRCMS meeting! Favia is an undergraduate student working in Dr. Ray Mattingly's lab.
Congratulations to Pharmacology Ph.D. student, Samantha Heldman for winning best graduate student poster at the October 15th Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology Meeting. Her poster was titled: Endocrine Disrupting Activities Associated with Liquid Crystal Monomers and their Mixtures. Samantha is a member of Dr. Chris Kassotis' lab.
More information about the meeting can be found here.
Congratulations to Carly Martin, a Cancer Biology Ph.D. student in Dr. Karin List's lab! She won first prize for her talk at The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) meeting on "Serine Proteases in Pericellular Proteolysis and Signaling ", October 28-30, 2021. More information about the meeting can be found here.
Congratulations to Ph.D. student Danielle Meyer for successfully defending her dissertation!
Thank you to Ph.D. Student Laimar Garmo for helping organize the annual Pharmacology/Cancer Biology picnic.
Congratulations to the following Pharmacology Ph.D. Students for their participation in the 47th Annual Pharmacology Colloquium!
- Alex Haimbaugh and mentor, Dr. Tracie Baker: first-place award for oral presentation
- Katherine Roth and her mentor, Dr. Mike Petriello: poster presentation
See more information about the 47th Annual Pharmacology Colloquium here!
Two papers have just been published with three students each trained/training in our department-- Fausto Varela (former Pharmacology student), Andrew Murray (former Cancer Biology student), and Carly Martin (current Cancer Biology student).
- Varela FA, Foust VL, Hyland TE, Sala-Hamrick KE, Mackinder JR, Martin CE, Murray AS, Todi SV, List K. TMPRSS13 promotes cell survival, invasion, and resistance to drug-induced apoptosis in colorectal cancer. Scientific Reports. 2020;10(1):13896. PMID: 32807808
- Murray AS, Hyland TE, Sala-Hamrick KE, Mackinder JR, Martin CE, Tanabe LM, Varela FA, List K. The cell-surface anchored serine protease TMPRSS13 promotes breast cancer progression and resistance to chemotherapy. Oncogene. 2020; PMID: 32868877
Ph.D. student Demi Nuga and advisor Dr. Anna deCarvalho's application to the NCI for an F31 fellowship was recommended for funding (and on its first trial)!
Danielle Meyer (PHC program) was first author on a paper published in Chemosphere, an international journal designed for the publication of original communications and review articles. Her paper was entitled
"Developmental exposure to Pb2+ induces transgenerational changes to zebrafish brain transcriptome." The paper can be found here.
Carly Martin (CB program) won 1st prize for the poster presentation, The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Special Symposium on Serine Proteases in Pericellular Proteolysis and Signaling, Potomac, MD, Sept 12-15, 2019. "Characterization and targeting of TMPRSS13 in breast and colorectal cancer." Mentor: Karin List
Carly Martin (CB program) and Danielle Meyer (PHC program) won awards for their presentations at the 46th Annual Pharmacology Research Colloquium at the University of Toledo.
Fausto Varela (PHC program) has defended his dissertation entitled "The role of the cell-surface protease TMPRSS13 in colorectal cancer". Dr. Varela has taken a postdoctoral position at Kansas University Medical Center with Dr. Freudenthal.
Danielle Meyer (PHC program) has been awarded an individual F31 predoctoral fellowship for her dissertation work in Dr. Tracie Baker's lab.
Sarah Dubaisi (PHC Program) has defended her dissertation entitled "Cytosolic Sulfotransferase Expression and Regulation in Developing Human Liver"
Ethan Brock (CB program) won the first-place award for his oral presentation at the Cancer Biology Graduate Program's annual research symposium
Joanna Sutton (PHC program) has defended her dissertation entitled "The Influence of Protein Context on Polyglutamine Toxicity in Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3"
Fausto Varela (PHC program) has been awarded an individual F31 predoctoral fellowship for his work Dr. Karin List's lab.
Ethan Brock (CB program) has been awarded an F31 individual predoctoral fellowship to pursue his dissertation research in Ray Mattingly's lab.
Johnathan Diedrich (CB program) has defended his dissertation and accepted a postdoctoral position with Dr. Daniel Savic at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Gorica Ristic (PHC program) has defended her dissertation and accepted a postdoctoral position with Dr. Andrew Lieberman at University of Michigan.
Ethan Brock (CB program) won an award for his presentation at the Karmanos Cancer Institute's Molecular Therapeutics annual research symposium.
Daniel Huereca (PHC program) has defended his dissertation "Activity Dependent Changes in Functional and Morphological Characteristics Among Presympathetic Neurons of the RVLM"
Jonathan Diedrich (CB program) was spotlighted at the Cancer Biology research symposium student-led discoveries and innovations. https://www.med.wayne.edu/news/2017/04/13/cancer-biology-research-symposium-spotlights-student-led-discoveries-and-innovations/
Wen Qu, PhD alumna of the PHC program, has published a portion of her dissertation work in Frontiers in Genetics
Joanna Miller (PHC program) has published a first-author paper entitle "Interaction of the polyglutamine protein ataxin-3 with Rad23 regulates toxicity in Drosophila models of Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3". Human Molecular Genetics. A link to the publication is provided https://academic.oup.com/hmg/article/26/8/1419/2965932
Richard Arkwight (CB program) has published a first-author review article in Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery.
Jonathan Diedrich (CB program) has been awarded an F31 individual predoctoral fellowship to pursue his dissertation research in Izabela Podgorski's lab. Read more.
Seema Shah (CB program) has defended her doctoral dissertation under the mentorship of Ray Mattingly.
Seema Shah (CB program) has been recognized for her internship work in an academic-industrial partnership with a small biotechnology firm, Life Magnetics, Inc.
Andrew Murray (CB program) and Fausto Varela (PHC program) have jointly published a review in Biological Chemistry with their mentor, Karin List.
Joanna Miller (PHC program) has received a travel award to the American Society for Cell Biology Meeting. She has received a second year of funding for her individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Arko Sen (PHC program) has defended his doctoral dissertation under the mentorship of Doug Ruden. He has begun a fellowship at Salk Institute of Biological Sciences, La Jolla, California, in the Integrative Biosciences laboratory with Graham McVicker.
Wen Qu (PHC program) has defended her doctoral dissertation under the mentorship of Doug Ruden.
Gina Zoratti, PhD alumna of the CB program and individual predoctoral F31 fellowship awardee who completed her dissertation in Karin List's lab, has recently published a portion of that work in Oncotarget.
Andrew Murray (CB program) has had a first-author review published in Biological Chemistry
Ryan Jackson (undergraduate student, IMSD program) has won his third award in three years at the 5th Annual Wayne State University Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Sarah Dubaisi (PHC program) has had a first-author paper published in Molecular Pharmacology.
Jonathan Diedrich (CB program) has had a first-author paper published in Oncotarget.
Thank you to Joanna Miller for co-organizing the great picnic to welcome the new students to the PHC and CB programs.
Daniel Huereca (PHC program) has received a second year of funding for his individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate
Joanna Miller (PHC program) and Gorica Ristic (PHC program) both won first prizes for their presentations at the 42nd Annual Pharmacology Colloquium for Michigan State University, University of Michigan, University of Toledo, and Wayne State University that was held this year in Ann Arbor.
Ethan Brock (CB program) and Jonathan Diedrich (CB program) have successfully competed for reappointment to the T32 training program in cancer biology.
Rebecca Farr (PHC program) has had a first-author review published in Biochimica Biophysica Acta.
Gorica Ristic (PHC program) has had a first-author paper published in Journal of Biological Chemistry.
Jonathan Diedrich (CB program) and Andrew Murray (CB program) won first place and second place, respectively, oral presentations awards at the 6th Annual Cancer Biology Research Symposium.