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

August 12, 2020
NIH Standard deadline for R13, U13 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision.

September 8, 2020
DoD Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2   and Era of Hope Scholar Award – Pre-Application deadline (Full Application deadline: September 22)..

Recent Awards

Brandon DeKosky, Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $107,724 by Columbia University in the City of NY for the project entitled: “Columbia University’s Proposed Response to the New Coronavirus Outbreak.”  He was also awarded $75,000 by the Mercatus Center for the project entitled: “COVID-19 Fast Grants.”

Paulyn Cartwright, Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, was awarded $1,573,996 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled “MARC for The University of Kansas.”

David Davido, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $405,301 by the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled: “Identifying functional targets of HSV-1 ICP0-directed degradation.”

Michael Hageman, Distinguished Professor, Department of pharmaceutical chemistry, was awarded $20,000 by the J.R. & Inez Jay Funds for his project entitled: “Translation of Injectable-to-Oral Peptide Pharmacotherapy: Application of E-Cadherin Binding Peptides as Oral Membrane Permeation Enhancers.”

Jennifer Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was awarded $78,210 by the KU Medical Center Research Institute for her project entitled “Behavior of adipose stem cells in 2D and 3D in a wound healing context.”

Frank Schoenen, Associate Research Professor, Higuchi Biosciences Center, was awarded $20,000 by the J.R. & Inez Jay Funds for his project entitled: “Design  synthesis  analytical characterization  eAMDE formulation sub-chronic MTD and in vivo PK of ML329 Prodrugs.”

Joanna Slusky, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $37,875 by the KU Medical Center Research Institute as mentor for Jimmy Budiardjo for the project entitled “Designing peptide-based inhibitors of bacterial efflux pumps.”

Jingxin Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded $20,000 by the J.R. & Inez Jay Funds for his project entitled: “Mechanistic study of RNA splicing modulation by small molecules.”

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