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 Important Deadlines

April 12, 2017
NIH standard deadline for Conference Grants and Conference Cooperative Agreements (R13, U13) – new renewal, resubmission, revision.

No Date Yet
American Heart Association (AHA) DoD Breast Cancer Program Fiscal year 2017 - pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY17 funding opportunities.

Recent Awards

David Johnson, Interim Director, COBRE CBID Computational Chemical Biology Core Facility, was awarded $2,903 by Sanofi-Aventis Recherche & Développement for his project entitled: “Prediction of druggable pockets unique to cancer-associated mutations.”

Scott Lovell, Director, COBRE PSF Protein Structure Core Laboratory, was awarded $12,120 by the Fox Chase Cancer Center for his project entitled: “Identifying stabilizers of p53 using pocket complementarity.”

David Volkin, Ronald T. Borchardt Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $550,000 by Vaxxas for his project entitled: “Measles and Rubella Vaccine Formulation for Stability in Dried State.”

Yong Zeng, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, was awarded $410,564 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Microfluidic Integrative Circulating miRNA Profiling for Cancer Diagnosis”.  He was also awarded $25,000 by K-INBRE as mentor of Hongmei Cao’s K-INBRE Postdoctoral Award for his project entitled: “Microfluidic Integrative Circulating miRNA Profiling for Cancer Diagnosis.”

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