American Society for Investigative Pathology, October 2010, Vol 2, No. 3




Trainee Milestones and Updates

We would like to congratulate ASIP Trainee member Yongxin Chen (view biosketch), former postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, for being promoted to Assistant Professor at the same school. While a postdoctoral fellow, Yongxin authored two papers entitled “Reproducibility of quantitative RT-PCR array in miRNA expression and comparison with microarray analysis” and “Temporal MicroRNA Expression during in vitro Myogenic Progenitor Cell Proliferation and Differentiation: Regulation of Proliferation by miR-682” published in BMC Genomics (2009) and Phyisological Genomics (2010) respectively. He has received multiple awards including the Young Pathologist Fellowship award in January 2009 from the ASIP, and the Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award from January 2007 – August 2010. As an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, Yongxin Chen was recently awarded a K01 grant from the NIH for studying the “Regulation of muscle regeneration by microRNAs”.

Congrats to Christi Kolarcik (view biosketch), a graduate student in the laboratory of Robert Bowser at the University of Pittsburgh, for defending her thesis entitled “Beyond Biomarker Discovery: Retinoid Signaling in Motor Neurons and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis” in August 2010. Christi has written a review “Plasma and cerebrospinal fluid-based protein biomarkers for motor neuron disease” that appeared in Molecular Drug & Therapy (2006) and has a first author publication currently in review. Furthermore, she has given talks at numerous national meetings such as the Clinical and Translational Science National Pre-doctoral meeting (May 2010) and the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (October 2009). Currently, Christi is considering postdoctoral positions in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

HeatherStevensonWe would like to congratulate Heather Stevenson, a medical resident at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. Heather has recently published two publications entitled “Poor Positive Accuracy of Quickvue Rapid Antigen Tests During the Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Pandemic” and “Natural Killer Cells Promote Tissue Injury and Systemic Inflammatory Responses during Fatal Ehrlichia-Induced Toxic Shock-like Syndrome” in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology (2010) and The American Journal of Pathology, respectively.


We would like to congratulate Luyang Yu, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Medicine for being appointed to a junior faculty position in the Department of Pathology as the same school. During his postdoctoral years, Luyang authored two papers entitled “SENP1-mediated GATA1 deSUMOylation is critical for definitive erythropoiesis” and “Stabilization of VEGFR2 signaling by cerebral cavernous malformation 3 is for critical for vascular development” in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (2010) and Science Signaling (2010) respectively. Both publications were also featured on the covers of the journals. In addition, he was awarded the A.D. Sobel ASIP Education Fund Scholar at the ASIP Annual Meeting (April 2010).