Chris Welch successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis May 20, 2011 and earned his Ph.D., passing with High Honors, a feat which hasn't occurred in Pharmacology in nearly 20 years. Congratulations, Chris!
The title of Chris' dissertation is: "Revealing Rho GTPase Dynamics in Cell Migration."
You can view one of Chris' cool cell cinemas here (flash required): Rac1 activation in motile fibroblasts.
Here's a link to the Nature paper Chris was a co-author on: Machacek et al., Nature, 461: 99-103, 2009 [epub: Aug 19, 2009].)
Chris was also recently awarded a 2011 Lineberger Fellowship. more
As a student in the MD/PhD program, Chris will be returning to med school to complete the clinical portion of his medical school education.
Photo below (click for enlargement): Chris with his parents, David and Shelia Welch, from Campobello, SC.
Photo below (click for enlargement):Chris with his mentor, Klaus Hahn.
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