Student News & Awards Archives 2010-11

Student honors, awards and publications.



First-author review article by Gracz in AJP-GI

February 2011 - Lund/Magness lab student Adam Gracz has published a review article with Scott Magness in the American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology.

Gracz AD, Magness ST. Sry-box (SOX) transcription factors in gastrointestinal physiology and disease. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2011 Feb 3. [Epub ahead of print]

student Margaret McCormick

McCormick publishes first-author paper

January 2011 - Fourth-year student Maggie McCormick (Tzima lab) has a first-author paper in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. The paper, "Platelet-Endothelial Cell Adhesion Molecule-1 Regulates Endothelial NO Synthase Activity and Localization Through Signal Transducers and Activators of Transcription 3-Dependent NOSTRIN Expression," is co-authored with Reema Goel, David Fulton, Stefanie Oess, Debra Newman, and Ellie Tzima.


Santoro nominated for HHMI Fellowship

November 2010 - Agostina Santoro (Lund lab) has been selected as one of seven nominees from UNC for the HHMI International Student Research Fellowship. The fellowship provides support for international students who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies.  HHMI will award three-year fellowships to international students to support years three, four, and five of a Ph.D. program.


Semova to receive Impact Award

October 2010 - Rawls lab graduate student Ivana Semova's research project has been selected to receive a Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award. This competition, sponsored by the Graduate School’s external advancement board of private citizens, recognizes outstanding graduate student research of particular benefit to North Carolina.

She and other awardees will be honored for their achievements on April 6, 2011 at the Graduate School's Annual Student Recognition Celebration.

Previous award winners from the department have included Kathryn Hamilton (Lund lab, PhD 2010), Nicole Ramocki (Lund lab, PhD 2007) and Arianne Theiss (Lund lab, PhD 2005).


Shiliang Wang is first author on paper selected for Faculty of 1000 Biology

August 2010 - Fifth-year graduate student Shiliang Wang is first author on an article the Faber lab produced that was published in the journal Circulation Research.  The article has garnered significant press coverage and was selected for Faculty of 1000 Biology.  Read more here...



Students attend Gordon Conferences

June 2010 - Fifth-year graduate student Deepti Rao (Manis lab) and third-year student Samantha Strickland (Caron lab) attended Gordon Conferences this summer

Deepti attended the Gordon Research Seminar and the Gordon Research Conference on Auditory System at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH, June 13-18, where she presented a poster on "Muscarinic modulation of spike timing-dependent plasticity in auditory cortex."

Samantha attended the Gordon Conference entitled "Molecular Mechanisms in Lymphatic Function and Disease" from June 13th-18th at the Il Ciocco Hotel in Italy. She presented a posted titled "Genetic dosage of adrenomedullin and its receptors drives lymphangiogenesis in development and adulthood."



Semova awarded Fellner Fellowship

June 2010 - Ivana Semova, a fifth-year student in the Rawls lab, has been awarded the Dr. Susan Fellner Physiology Graduate Student Research Fellowship (Fellner Fellowship) for 2010-2011.  The fellowship is a component of the Thomas P. Maren Graduate Student Fund in Physiology.  Read more about the Fellner fellowship and Maren fund here.


DiVito to join Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

June 2010 - This fall, recent graduate Melinda DiVito (PhD 2009) will leave the Cheney lab to become a Fellow of the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program in the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies in Washington D.C. Read more about the program here.


McCormick funded by American Heart Association

June 2010 - Fourth-year student Maggie McCormick (Tzima lab) has been awarded a two-year fellowship from the AHA for her project titled "PECAM-1 regulation of eNOS activation."


Tricia Lenhart awarded an NRSA from NHLBI

June 2010 - The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) awarded a National Research Science Award (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows (F30) to Tricia Lenhart (Caron lab) for her project "RAMP3 Modulation of GPER1 Function in Cardiovascular Disease."


Katy Liu awarded an NRSA from NIDDK

May 2010 - Katy Liu (Cheney lab) was awarded a National Research Science Award (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows (F30) from the The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) for her project titled "Function of Myosin-X in Intestinal Apical Domain Assembly." Drs. Cheney and Anderson are co-mentors on her project and she will be funded through the remainder of graduate and medical school.


Vicki Newton publishes first-author paper

May 2010 - Vicki Newton (Lund lab)  is first author on a paper published in the American Journal of Physiology this month.

Newton VA, Ramocki NM, Scull BP, Simmons JG, McNaughton K, Lund PK. Suppressor of cytokine signaling-2 gene disruption promotes Apc(Min/+) tumorigenesis and activator protein-1 activation. Am J Pathol. 2010 May;176(5):2320-32. Epub 2010 Mar 26.


Hamilton receives Impact Award

April 2010 - Kate Hamilton (Lund lab) received a G.E.A.B. Impact Award, given by the Graduate Education Advancement Board of the Graduate School of UNC Chapel Hill.  The Impact Award recognizes and encourages graduate students whose research is making a difference to our state.  Read more about the award and this year's awardees here.


Caitlin Collins wins poster award at IVB/MHI Annual Symposium

March 2010 - Tzima lab graduate student Caitlin Collins wins one of four poster presenter awards at the annual Integrative Vascular Biology/McAllister Heart Institute Symposium. Her fellow awardees were David Wiley, Ben Bleasdale, and Chris Schmitt.

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