State of the Department

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Head of the Department, Dr. Jill Siegfried, gave a quick overview of the "State of the Department" at the Retreat. It highlighted various faculty achievements and departmental updates throughout the past year. 

New core facility additions

  • Tecan Infinite M1000 PRO Micoplate Reader - August 2014
  • Thermo Scientific HM 525 NX Cryostat - January 2015
  • ForteBio BLItz System - July 2015
  • VWR Backup -80 Freezer - August 2015
  • AccuFLEX LSC-8000 Scintillation Counter - Coming Soon!

Faculty achievements

Promotion

  • Dr. Jonathan Marchant - Promoted to Full Professor

Medical School Innovation Research Grant awardees

  • Dr. Cheuk Leung
  • Dr. Jonathan Marchant
  • Dr. Stan Thayer

Medical School UMF Faculty Grant awardees

  • Dr. Tanya Freedman
  • Dr. Nick Levinson
  • Dr. Stan Thayer

Seed grants

  • Dr. Anna Lee - AHC
  • Dr. Cheuck Leung - MCC/ACS
  • Dr. Aaron LeBeau - MCC/Prostate Cancer TWG

Faculty NIH grants (since Sept 2014)

New NIH Awards

  • Dr. Fang Li - R01
  • Dr. Kevin Wickman - R01
  • Dr. Jill Siegfried - R21
  • Dr. Li-Na Wei - R01 Supplements
  • Dr. Jonathan Marchant - R01 Supplements
  • Dr. Sundaram Ramakrishnan - Co-I - R01
  • Dr. Jill Siegfried - Co-PI with Shimizu - R25
  • Dr. Kevin Wickman (mentor) - Dr. Nicole Victoria - Postdoc F32

NIH renewals

  • Dr. Kevin Wickman

Faculty publications (Highlights since Sept 2014)

  • Li Laboratory - J Virology - Sept 2015 - Bat-to-human transmission of MERS
  • Marchant Laboratory - Dr. Tim Walseth Co-author - PNAS - Sept 2014 - Two-Pore Channel Interactome
  • Wei Laboratory - Diabetes - Dec 2014 - RIP140 in macrophages and insulin resistance
  • Wickman Laboratory - J Neurosci - May 2015 - GIRK Channels and Opioid-Induced Motor Activity
  • Siegfried Team Science (4 institutions) - JNCI - Feb 2015 - SNP identified from GWAS associated with gene silencing in smokers

Student achievement

3 Ph.D.s awarded

  • John Chan - Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Marchant
  • Yuzhe Yang - Faculty Mentor: Dr. Douglas Yee
  • Yang Yang - Faculty Mentor: Dr. Fang Li

1 M.S. awarded

  • Lisa Kim - Faculty Mentor: Cheuk Leung, Ph.D.

19 Undergraduate minors awarded

  • Cole Batty
  • Kelsey Dahlgren
  • Michael Gustafson
  • Alexander Harris
  • Erin Higgins
  • Catherine Kok
  • Tyler Loomer
  • Daniel Neren
  • Jennifer Nhieu
  • Felix Okotete
  • Logan Pfaff
  • Jonathan Resch
  • Thaddeus Schmitt
  • Fallon Schwoch
  • Benjamin Swart
  • Sheng Thao
  • Tyler Tschumperlin
  • Hannah Vo
  • Natalie Wolf

Doctoral fellowship recipients

  • Daniel Bruce - PharmacoNeuroImmunology Training Grant - Year 1
  • Dustin Chernick - PharmacoNeuroImmunology Training Grant - Year 1
  • Jessica Martin - PharmacoNeuroImmunology Training Grant - Year 2
  • Erica Schnettler - PharmacoNeuroImmunology Training Grant - Year 2
  • Lydia Kotecki - PharmacoNeuroImmunology Training Grant - Year 3
  • Christian Njatcha - Cancer Biology Training Grant - Year 1
  • Amanda Salzwedel - Cancer Biology Training Grant - Year 1
  • Christopher Richards - Minnesota Training Program in Virology - Year 1
  • Yi-Wei Lin - Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
  • Chang Liu - Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

UMN student awards

  • John Chan
    • Beatrice Z. Milne and Theodore Brandenburg Award
    • Schmit-Steer Award
  • Yang Yang
    • Beatrice Z. Milne and Theodore Brandenburg Award
    • Dr. Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Research Award

Departmental student travel awards

  • Dustin Chernick - Annual Society for Neuroscience, November 15-19, 2014
  • Yue Zhang - Annual Society for Neuroscience, November 15-19, 2014
  • Bomi Lee - Keystone Symposia-Epigenomics, March 29-April 3, 2015
  • Jessica Martin - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Retroviruses, May 18-23, 2015
  • Chang Liu - 34th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology, July 11-15, 2015
  • Yang Yang - 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology, July 11-15, 2015
  • Erica Schnettler - Gordon Research Conference on Angiogenesis, August 1-7, 2015

New students

New Ph.D. students

  • Allison Anderson
  • Ben Brian
  • Abir Majumdar
  • Laura Pincomb
  • Mariya Shapovalova
  • Paige Smith
  • Baovi Vo

New M.S. students

  • Abdulaziz Almotlak
  • Adit Alreja
  • Aditi Bapat
  • Yijian Cai
  • Nidhi Desai
  • Percy Griffin
  • Zaid Temrikar

Moving forward - Department goals

  • Increase drug discovery efforts
  • Develop more translational studies, utilize CTSI
  • Recruit in areas of drug addiction and Cancer