American Society for Investigative Pathology, February 2013, Vol 5, No. 1



ASIP Trainee Newsletter
Kari Nejak-Bowen
Cindy Thomas-Charles

Contributing Members
Christi Kolarcik
Rohan Manohar
Cecelia Yates

Jayne Reuben
Monte Willis
Mark E. Sobel






Welcome to the February 2013 edition of the ASIP Trainee Newsletter, sponsored by the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) and the Committee for Career Development, Women and Minorities (CCDWM). We hope to provide our growing readership with information and advice relevant to our trainees, including links to funding sources, information on topics of interest, such as alternative careers and job-search strategies, updates on future ASIP events and meetings, and networking opportunities. We want to be an informative and valuable resource for our trainees!

In this issue, we are pleased to feature Dr. Chhavi Chauhan, who is the Scientific Editor for The American Journal of Pathology and The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. Chhavi tells us about her transition into the field of scientific writing, and provides tips on how to pursue and prepare for this type of career. Also, please visit the "Milestones” section, where Christi Kolarcik has announced her recent publications. Congratulations, Christi! And in our “Hot off the AJP Press” page, Agnieszka Rynda-Apple discusses her recently published paper, entitled “Virus-Like Particle-Induced Protection Against MRSA Pneumonia Is Dependent on IL-13 and Enhancement of Phagocyte Function”.

As promised, in this issue we are featuring trainees that attended the Congress of the Italian Society of Pathology and Translational Medicine (SIPMeT) in Udine, Italy this past September. Find out what Prince Awuah and Angel Byrd had to say about their experience at this international meeting!

April will be here before we know it, and with it comes ASIP’s centennial celebration at Experimental Biology in Boston, MA. Check out the program online at and plan your itinerary today! Don’t forget to register soon, as the deadline for early registration is February 22, 2013. Also, hotel reservations must be made by March 22, 2013, so mark your calendars! If you are planning to attend the ASIP Centennial Celebration Reception and Dinner held at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, tickets may be purchased at the time of meeting registration (see centennial_events.cfm for more details). As in past years, we are hosting a Welcome Trainee Reception, which will be held on Saturday, April 20th, immediately following the Excellence in Science award presentation at the Highlights: Graduate Student Research in Pathology Session. Please join us for this informal gathering – it’s a great opportunity to network with old and new friends, and we hope to see lots of you there!

Please keep us updated on any promotions, faculty appointments, dissertation/thesis defenses, leadership/committee positions, grant funding, travel/merit awards, papers published, and awards you receive – we would love to hear from you! Also, if you are interested in contributing to the newsletter, or have any suggestions for future issues, feel free to contact us at This is your newsletter, and we value your opinions and participation!

See you in Boston,

Cindy and Kari