Congratulations to Justin Fellows, of the Striepen Lab, for being awarded a highly competitive two-year fellowship from the American Heart Association. Justin studies the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which chronically infects about 20% of the U.S. population. He studies the mechanism by which essential proteins are imported into the apicoplast, which is a promising drug target.
Ciro Cordeiro, a graduate student in the Docampo Lab in the University of Georgia Cellular Biology Department has been awarded a short-term fellowship from the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) to visit the University College London, United Kingdom. He will be working with the Medical Research Council Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, where he will investigate the presence of enzymes for inositol pyrophosphate synthesis in trypanosomes.
An article posted on Yahoo!News on March 5, 2013 by Vonda J. Sines describes research on impulsive eating being performed by Dr. Ping Shen.
Dr. Shen's research was also featured in the March 1, 2013 issue of The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Chronicles in an article by Alan Flurry that can be found at The Franklin Chronicles.
Congratulations to Dr. Katherine ("Kat") Verbist for winning the 2013 Excellence in Research by Graduate Students Award from the Graduate School. This award is worth $1,000, and she will be honored with other recipients at a banquet in April. For her thesis, Dr. Verbist studied how the immune system mounts a long-term response to an acute respiratory infection in the laboratory of Dr. Kim Klonowski.
GSPS is holding its second annual Scientific Research Day June 18 in the Coverdell Center. Join them for a full day of research presentations by students and postdocs and a keynote lecture by one of the most creative minds in neurobiology, UGA alumna Dr. Cornelia Bargman.
A new publication in Current Biology, by Swati Suryavanshi, a cellular biology graduate student in the Gaertig lab, identifies a novel mechanism of regulation of dynein motors inside cilia. The beating of cilia is dependent on dynein motors that slide microtubules. How the pattern of ciliary bending is determined is not known.