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

September 18, 2019
AHA deadline for the Institutional Undergraduate Student Fellowship.

September 25, 2019
NIH Standard deadline for all Program Project Grants and Center Grants (P series) – new, renewals, resubmissions and revisions.

October 3, 2019
NIH deadline for the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) for Early Stage Investigators.

Recent Awards

Josephine Chandler, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $1,840,725 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “Quorum sensing evolution and function in mixed bacterial communities.”

Mark Farrell, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Adam Smith, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology, were awarded $30,000 by the J.R. & Inez W. Jay Fund for their project entitled: “Sugar coated vaccines for the treatment of opioid use disorder.”

Audrey Lamb, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $400,000 by the National Science Foundation for her project entitled: “Collaborative Research: The Chemistry of Riboflavin Biosynthesis.”

Stuart Macdonald, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $122,836 by the National Institutes of Health as mentor to Elizabeth Everman for the project entitled: “Genetic dissection and characterization of variation in copper resistance in Drosophila melanogaster.”

Eli Michaelis, Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $63,551 by KU Medical Center, for his project entitled: “KU ADC Mitochondrial Genomics and Metabolism Core Supplement.”

Mark Richter, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $30,000 by the J.R. & Inez W. Jay Fund for his project entitled: “Continuous monitoring of histamine in the brain.”

 

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