Donasian Ochola Receives Poster Award at ABRCMS 2012

Donasian Ochola received the Keystone Symposia Scholarship Award for best graduate poster at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) held November 7-10 in San Jose, California.  Donasian is pictured here with Laina King, Ph.D., Director-Diversity in Life Science Programs and Program Mentor – Keystone Symposia Fellows Program, Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology.  Donasian is a third year PhD student working in the laboratory of Mike Weil.  Donasian presented his results so far investigating the role of gamma-H2AX in dsDNA break repair.


Vanessa Enriquez Receives Award at SACNAS 2012

Vanessa Enriques received an award for her oral presentation at the SACNAS National Conference held in Seattle Washington October 11-14, 2012.  Vanessa works in Jerry Bouma’s laboratory.  She presented her research investigating the role of miRNA and exosomes in ovarian cancer development.





Medford, Prasad and Antunes Awarded DOE Grant

June Medford, Ashok Prasad and Mauricio Antunes were awarded a $2,000,000 ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency) grant from the Department of Energy.  The grant will fund research to develop technology allowing rapid and precise improvements in biofuels crops using a systems biology approach.  For more details see the Today @ Colorado State story.




Elizabeth Ryan Awarded Gates Foundation Grant

Elizabeth Ryan recently received a $1,000,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study the ability of rice bran increase resistance to infectious diseases.  This grant is a Phase II Grand Challenges Explorations grant indicative of major progress in her research.  For more details see Today @ Colorado State story.




Jan Leach Serves on National Anti-bioterrorism Board

Jan Leach was recently appointed to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.  This board advises members of the federal government on how to allow research continue on infectious organisms that could be used in biological war fair.  Leach’s research group studies Xanthomonas oryzae Pv. oryzae, a bacteria that causes rice blight and is listed as a select agent by the U.S. government.  For more information see the Today @ Colorado State story.





Kristen Farrell Awarded AHA Fellowship

Kristen Farrell, pictured with her advisor Santiago Di Pietro, was recently awarded an American Heart Association Fellowship to support her PhD studies on the mechanism of endocytosis.  Kristen’s project title is “Characterization of UBX3 as a novel component of the plasma membrane remodeling machinery.”  Kristen performed a fluorescence microscopy-based screening for novel proteins involved in clathrin-mediated endocytosis in yeast cells.  Following this approach she obtained several new candidate components of the endocytic machinery and identified UBX3 as the strongest candidate. During this fellowship Kristen will explore the physiological significance and functional partners of UBX3 in endocytosis.