American Society for Investigative Pathology, October 2011, Vol 3, No. 3

Have you recently completed any milestones in YOUR training or career?

On behalf of the Committee for Career Development, Women and Minorities, we would like to invite you to submit your recent accomplishments to be featured in the ASIP Trainee Newsletter.

This “Trainee Milestones and Updates” page highlights honors/awards, grants/ fellowships, new jobs/promotions and publications of ASIP Trainee members, whether you're just beginning your academic career, or you're well on your way as a seasoned young investigator!

To submit an article or announcement for the next issue of the ASIP Trainee Newsletter, please email your article to Submissions are subject to review. Please include a digital photograph with your submission.

ASIP Trainee Newsletter
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Cindy Thomas-Charles

Jayne Reuben
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Mark E. Sobel



Trainee Milestones and Updates

Rudra Bhowmick, a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, was awarded the American Lung Association Senior Research Fellowship as well as a travel grant for the AAI 2011 meeting held in San Francisco, CA.  Great work Dr. Bhowmick!

Angel ByrdAngel Byrd, a Gates Millennium Scholar of the inaugural class, is completing the MD/PhD program at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University.  This year, Angel received the UNCF/Merck Graduate Science Dissertation Fellowship.  More recently, Angel was featured in the UNCF An Evening of Stars®, a musical variety show punctuated with video segments spotlighting Angel and other students whose education UNCF supports every year, making the program a celebration of the best in entertainment and education.  The show was taped before a live audience on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California.  With her medical and research training, Angel aspires to become a Pediatric Endocrinologist/ Diabetologist having a future career that combines clinical medicine, basic research, drug discovery and educating and inspiring the next generation of scientists and physicians.  Congratulations on your award Angel and all the best as you complete your training!

Liang Kang, an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, received a F30 pre-doctoral fellowship from the NIDDK to investigate the role of tissue-type plasminogen activator in the suppression of hepatic fibrosis.  Great job Liang!

Rohan Manohar, a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh working in the laboratory of Eric Lagasse, recently published his work in Hepatology.  His paper, entitled "Identification and expansion of a unique stem cell population from adult mouse gallbladder" also earned him an award at the 2011 Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Pittsburgh.  Congratulations Rohan!"

MichaelSchnoorMichael Schnoor, a post-doctoral scientist working in the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster, Germany recently published "Cortactin deficiency is associated with reduced neutrophil recruitment but increased vascular permeability in vivo," in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.  He is currently applying for faculty positions, and we wish you the best of luck in your search Dr. Schnoor!

Colin WhiteColin White, recently published a paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry entitled "IQGAP1 Protein Binds Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 (HER2) and Modulates Trastuzumab Resistance", which shows that IQGAP1 modulates trastuzumab resistance in HER2(+) human breast cancer. This work highlights the potential therapeutic value of this scaffold protein, which is overexpressed exclusively in HER2(+) disease.  This work, which is funded by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Department of Defense, has been highlighted in both the Nature Science/Business Exchange and on Faculty of 1000!  It also resulted in Colin’s promotion from Research Fellow to Instructor at Harvard Medical School.  Congratulations Dr. White!

Emily Wickline, a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, recently published an article entitled “Hepatocyte gamma-catenin compensates for conditionally deleted beta-catenin at adherens junctions” in the Journal of Hepatology. Emily was also recently appointed to the ASIP Educational Committee.  Congratulations Emily!

Cecelia YatesCecelia Yates-Binder, a post-doctoral scientist at the University of Pittsburgh recently received one of six FASEB Postdoctoral and Professional Development and Enrichment Awards.  This award is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the National Institutes of Health and given by FASEB’s Marc Program.  The award recognizes highly promising postdoctoral scientists who have demonstrated research productivity by having published first-author papers in scientific publications, mentoring URM undergraduate and graduate students and leading the improvement and expansion of opportunities in the scientific workforce and academia.  This is an impressive award, and we congratulate you Dr. Yates!