Chris Welch Receives PhD

Receives PhD with High Honors!

Chris Welch Receives PhD
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Chris Welch, PhD

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.

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Photo below (click for enlargement):Chris with his mentor, Klaus Hahn.

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Chris Toasting 100Chris's parents and Adrienne Cox 100Another Large Group 100large Group 100
Chris toasting Adrienne Cox with
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Lots of celebrants More celebrants
Jianrong, Pei Hsuan and Andrei 100 Amy and Eric 100 Marie, Hui, Evan, Amy 100 Sandy, Dan and Jon 100
Hahn Lab
celebrants:
Jianrong Wu,
Pei Hsuan Chu
and Andrei
Karginov
Amy Abell and Eric
Zimmerman party
More Hahn Lab
celebrants:
Marie Rougier,
Hui Wang,
Evan Trudeau,
and Amy Hsu
Sandy Hahn, Dan
Marston and Jon
Zawistowski at
the party