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 12, 2018
NIH standard deadline for Conference Grants and Conference Cooperative Agreements (R13 and U13) – new, renewal, resubmission, revision.

April 27, 2018
Pfizer ASPIRE Breast Cancer Research Awards Program.

May 1, 2018
American Society for Microbiology, Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship.

May 4, 2018
NIH Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (P30). Letter of intent: May 4, 2018 Full application: June 4, 2018

Recent Awards

William Picking, Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, was awarded $261,092 by Anivive LifeSciences, Inc. for his project entitled: “Toward stabilization of Coccidioides delta cps1 as a canine vaccine against Valley Fever.”

Frank Schoenen, Associate Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $101,372 by KU Medical Center for his project entitled: “Capitalizing on p53 loss/mutations in osteosarcoma by novel compounds.”

Shi Fang Yan, Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $416,625 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “PINK1 signaling and synaptic mitochondria integrity in AD.”

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