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

October 2, 2020
NIH deadline for the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (R35) for Early Stage Investigators.

October 5, 2020
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01)– new submissions.

October 12, 2020
NIH standard deadline for Research Career Development (K series) – new submissions.

October 16, 2020
NIH standard deadline for Other Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3) – new submissions.

Recent Awards

Meredith Hartley, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, was awarded $50,000 by the American Thyroid Association for her project entitled “Thyroid hormone signaling during remyelination.”

Jennifer Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $50,000 by the KU Medical Center Research Institute for her project entitled: “Deciphering Sex Differences in Adolescent Knee Meniscal Injury and Regeneration” and  $50,000 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for her project entitled: “Promoting Temporomandibular Joint Fibrochondrogenesis through the use of an Estrogen Receptor Alpha Selective Agonist to Treat Osteoarthritis.”

Jingxin Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded $50,000 by Bionexus KC for his project entitled “Small Molecule *Oligonucleotide Conjugate for the Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) with Improved Specificity.”

Liang Xu, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $50,000 by the University of Utah Health for his project entitled: “Novel therapeutic strategy for renal fibrosis by targeting RNA-binding protein HuR targeting.”

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