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

November 5, 2017
NIH standard deadline for Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R01 and U01) – renewal, resubmission, revision

November 12, 2017
NIH standard deadline for Research Career Development (K series) – renewal, resubmission, revision

November 16, 2017
NIH standard deadline for Other Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements (R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3) – renewal, resubmission, revision

November 20, 2017
NSF Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Investigator-initiated research projects (MCB) deadline (17-589)

November 21, 2017
Pre-application deadline for the DoD Breast Cancer Breakthrough Fellowship Award.  Application submission deadline is Dec. 6, 2017

November 21, 2017
Pre-application deadline for the DoD Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2.   Application submission deadline is Dec. 6, 2017

December 1, 2017
Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Bridging Grants, Partnerships for Translational Research Training Awards, and Postdoctoral Awards application deadline

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

Recent Awards

Mizuki Azuma, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $17,500 by The University of Kansas Cancer Center for her project entitled: “Role of O-GlcNAcylation of Ewing sarcoma proteins in chromosomal instability.”

Mario Rivera, Professor, Department of Chemistry, was awarded $37,843 by the University of Georgia for his project entitled: “A radical new paradigm for heme degradation in enteric pathogens.”

Joanna Slusky, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded $2,272,500 by the National Institutes of Health for her project entitled: “Designed Beta-strands for inhibiting efflux pumps and disabling antibiotic resistance.”

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