HBC October 2015 News Bulletin

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Announcing New HBC Assistant Research Professors

One of the key functions of the Higuchi Biosciences Center (HBC) as a University-designated research center has been to provide flexibility in appointing Research Professors, i.e. research scientists who may or may not be directly affiliated with a given department within the University. Three such appointments have recently been completed.  They are:

Dr. Michael Barta who received his PhD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and conducted his postdoctoral reseach at KU with Dr. Scott Hefty.  His current research is centered on the biophysical characterization of type III secretion tip-translocator complexes from a diverse array of human pathogens.

Dr. Hui Sun Lee earned his PhD at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea and conducted two postdoctoral fellowships, one at the University of Michigan, and the other at KU with Dr. Wonpil Im.  His research is centered on molecular recognition in biological systems by harnessing computational and theoretical approaches.


Dr. Bradley Sullivan completed his PhD degree at the University of Kansas Medical Center and pursued an American Heart Association-sponsored postdoctoral fellow at KU in Dr. Cory Berkland’s laboratory. Dr. Sullivan’s research interests include combination drug treatments and alternative drug delivery methods to create safer and more efficacious pharmaceutical therapies.

 

Videoconferencing made easy

The HBC recently upgraded its audio-visual equipment in two of its wireless enabled meeting rooms; the Novartis conference room and the Simons Auditorium.   The Novartis room is an ideal location for small group meetings with sizes ranging from one to nine people.  The large screen television now carries a small camera on top that can broadcast the conference room to another location.  Therefore, small group videoconferences can be held from this location using a laptop and Skype for Business.

During the summer, the Simons Auditorium audio-visual equipment was updated with a new control panel, projector and sound system.  The camera on top of the podium monitor can broadcast the speaker’s presentation to another location by also using Skype for Business.

These two rooms and the 152 Smissman conference room are available for use by HBC participants.  To reserve any of these rooms, please contact André Faucher (dagon1@ku.edu; 785-864-3751) or Susan Wakefield (swakefield@ku.edu; 785-864-7339)



Grant Submission Deadlines

April 1, 2019
Deadline to submit letter of Intent for the Patton Trust Research Grants, BioNexus KC – Full application: May 1, 2019..

April 1, 2019
KU-Research-Go submission deadline.

April 4, 2019
Deadline to submit Notice of Intent to KU Research Limited Submission for NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships.

April 12, 2019
NIH standard deadline for Conference Grants and Conference Cooperative Agreements (R13, U13) – new, renewal, resubmission, revision.

Recent Awards

Cory Berkland, Distinguished Professor, Departments of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $35,000 by the KU Medical Center for his project entitled “Repurposing glatiramer acetate for intratumoral immunotherapy.”

Laird Forrest, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $11,634 by Consano for his project entitled “Targeted Therapy for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.”

Eli Michaelis, Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $46,567 by the KU Medical Center for his project entitled “Does TBI affect mtDNA heteroplasmy?”

Roger Rajewski, Research Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $360,347 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled “Targeted Small Molecule Inhibitors for Award Organization lnv(16) Leukemia”

Liang Xu, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $11,067 by the KU Medical Center for his project entitled “Unraveling the role of HuR in liver inflammation and carcinogensis.”

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