American Society for Investigative Pathology, June 2014, Vol 6, No. 2



ASIP Trainee Newsletter
Kari Nejak-Bowen
Cindy Thomas-Charles

Contributing Members
Christi Kolarcik
Rohan Manohar
Cecelia Yates

Jayne Reuben
Mark E. Sobel
Monte Willis


Welcome to the summer 2014 issue of the ASIP Trainee Newsletter, which is sponsored by the ASIP Committee for Career Development and Diversity (CCDD – please note the new name of the Committee for Career Development, Women, and Minorities).

We hope you had an enjoyable and productive time at the ASIP 2014 Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology this past April. It was especially nice to see so many of you attending the annual Highlights: Graduate Student Research in Pathology session on Saturday afternoon, the reception afterward, and the many scientific sessions throughout the week. The CCDD-sponsored career development seminars on topics such as fellowship grant applications and the art of negotiation were also well attended by trainees. Congratulations also go out to all of the trainees who received travel or merit awards at the business meeting and awards presentation.

In this issue, we are pleased to feature Dr. Satdarshan Paul S. Monga, Professor of Pathology and Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and this year’s recipient of the ASIP Outstanding Investigator Award. In this article, Paul shares his extensive experience in grantsmanship and his insights from study sections to assist trainees interested in obtaining funding through the NIH. In our Hot off the Press segment, trainee Kate O’Brien contributes a synopsis of her work entitled “Interleukin-17A Synergistically Enhances Bile Acid-induced Inflammation during Obstructive Cholestasis.” In addition, you can read about the recent accomplishments of our trainees in the Trainee Milestones section.

We are committed to showcasing the excellence of our trainees, so please remember to keep us updated on any recent publications as well as promotions, grant funding, dissertation/thesis defenses, , awards, etc., that you receive. Send us your updates, comments and suggestions at

A special message from Kari: Finally, as I am transitioning to an ASIP Regular Member, this is my final issue as co-editor of the Trainee Newsletter, and I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all the trainees who have contributed milestones, articles, or assistance over the past three years. Without you, this Newsletter would not be possible, so thank you for your participation and support! I also want to thank ASIP for giving me this wonderful opportunity, and Cindy, for being such an outstanding co-editor. Look for our new co-editor to be announced in the next issue.

Have a great summer,

Kari and Cindy