Left to right: Oleg Tsodikov, PhD, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova, PhD, Holly Clark with OTC and Stefan Stamm, PhD

Three University of Kentucky researchers presented their work in November at an academic bioscience showcase in New Orleans called BIO on the BAYOU.

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The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has received renewed funding from the American Cancer Society (ACS) to support a long-standing faculty research program.

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Jessica Blackburn, PhD, associate professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, wanted to make her undergraduate students feel welcome at the start of the fall semester. As the daughter of a teacher, her instinct was to gift each undergraduate student a binder with supplies.

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Our College of Medicine community,

Honoring Indigenous Peoples' Month

During Indigenous Peoples’ Month, the UK College of Medicine is highlighting historical figures who paved the way for an equitable future in medicine.
 

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Jessica Blackburn, PhD, associate professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry, wanted to make her undergraduate students feel welcome at the start of the fall semester. As the daughter of a teacher, her instinct was to gift each undergraduate student a binder with supplies.

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For the second consecutive year, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine has received the 2022 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

A collage of the 10 students moving to the Research Competition

The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is proud to announce the fourth annual 5-Minute Fast Track Research Competition finalists. These undergraduates competed in the competition’s preliminary round and were selected as Top 10 finalists to present their research during the final round 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.

Lisa Williams, new wellness dean

To enable the University of Kentucky College of Medicine to succeed in its mission for a healthier Kentucky, leadership must prioritize the wellness and well-being of faculty, staff, and learners. Lisa Williams, MSSA, is serving in the college’s new leadership position, associate dean for wellness and well-being, to help us excel in this goal.

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This year, Hunter N.B. Moseley, PhD, was promoted to professor with tenure in the UK College of Medicine Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. He shares the pivotal moments of mentorship that have helped him move forward in his career, as well as advice he has for early-career faculty and trainees in research.

 

Dibakar Bhattacharyya in the lab with a large sheet of membrane material. Ben Corwin | Research Communications.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 20, 2022) — A team of University of Kentucky researchers led by College of Engineering Professor Dibakar Bhattacharyya, PhD, and his PhD student, Rollie Mills, have developed a medical face mask membrane that can capture and deactivate the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein on contact.

UK researchers (left to right) Tiantian Chen, Robert Murphy, Matthew Gentry and Craig Vander Kooi.
16 undergraduates have been selected for the 2022 Commonwealth Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Fellowship program.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 23, 2022) — The Office of Undergraduate Research is honored to announce that 16 undergraduates have been selected for the 2022 Commonwealth Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Fellowship program.

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The Department held its annual retreat on Friday May 13 in the Longship Room at UK’s Kroger Field (the football stadium). The day was kicked off with a presentation by Assistant Professor Houfu Guo on his work on the glycosylation of fibrillar collagen. This was followed by Dr. Chen-Yu Wu, a postdoc in Dr. Becky Dutch’s lab, discussing human metapneumovirus replication and Martha Sim, a graduate student in Dr. Jeremy Wood’s lab, talking about the dysregulation of coagulation in HIV and SARS-CoV-2 infections. After a coffee break Rebecca Norcross, graduate student in Dr.

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Congratulations to graduate students Sumati Hasani and Jeffrey (Trace) Jolly for first and second place poster awards at the Markey Cancer Center Research Day!

First Place: Sumati Hasani – “Activation of Drp1 promotes fatty acids-induced metabolic reprogramming to potentiate Wnt signaling in colon cancer

Second Place: Jeffery Jolly – “Impact of post-translational modifications on the stability and function of the oncogenic phosphatase PRL-3

In addition, Sumati gave an oral presentation:

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The Department had ten publications listed in PubMed for the months of March and April 2022.

1: Gentry MS, Markussen KH, Donohue KJ. Two Diseases-One Preclinical Treatment Targeting Glycogen Synthesis. Neurotherapeutics. 2022 Apr 22. doi: 10.1007/s13311-022-01240-9. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35460010.

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Ramon Sun, PhD, is an assistant professor of neuroscience whose lab focuses on interpreting the molecular events connecting complex carbohydrate metabolism to cellular metabolism, signaling, and physiology.

While his primary appointment is in neuroscience, his work also encompasses molecular and cellular biochemistry and is affiliated with Markey Cancer Center, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center.

You can learn more about Dr. Sun in the following Q&A.

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Many congratulations to Caroline Smith for receiving a prestigious P.E.O. Scholar Award! Caroline is a graduate student in Dr. Jessica Blackburn's group in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky.

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Congratulations to Bobby for successfuly defending his dissertation!

Name, Position, Department, College:

Bobby Murphy, Graduate Research Assistant, Biochemistry Department, College of Medicine

Research Focus:

My research focus has been in characterizing the enzymes needed for polysaccharide utilization in the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii.

What brought you to UK?  

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The Department had seven publications listed in PubMed for the month of February 2022.

1: Whiteheart SW. Platelet-HIV: interactions and their implications. Platelets. 2022 Feb 17;33(2):208-211. doi: 10.1080/09537104.2021.2019695. Epub 2022 Jan 4. PMID: 35086429; PMCID: PMC8881393.