News, Notes and Info, 2000-2010

Program News:

  • COBRE CCET members attended the biannual INBRE/IDeA conference in Washington DC on Aug. 6-8, 2008. Drs. Rathnam Chaguturu and Benyi Li presented posters.
  • COBRE Administrative offices, along with the HTS and Medicinal Chemistry core laboratories, opened in SBCIII on KU's west campus on June 16, 2008. Office hours in the new building are Tuesday and Friday, 8:00amto 5:00pm. The Malott office is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm. All contact information remains the same. Follow this link for some pictures of the completed building.

Core News:

  • The HTS core was featured in an article in Genome Technology in the April 2008 issue. The article was titled "Downstream Discovery in the Academy"

  • Chaguturu takes charge of High Throughput Screening Laboratory at KU

Investigator Awards:

  • Guoli Dai (First Award) has received a grant from the NIH for his project titled: Nrf2, Hepatocyte Proliferation, and Liver Regeneration. The project will be funded from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2014. This award is a result of his COBRE research.
  • Laird Forrest (Project Award) has received a grant from the ACS for his project titled: Targeted drug carriers for melanoma therapy. The project will be funded from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2012. This work does not overlap his COBRE project.
  • Laird Forrest (Project Award) has received a grant from the National Cancer Institute (1R21 CA 132033) for his project titled: Target polymeric nanocarriers for combination therapy of metastatic prostate cancer. The award is funded from Feb. 1, 2008 through Jan. 31, 2010 and does not overlap COBRE research.
  • Paul E. Smith, First Award (Bossmann) 2006 has received an R01 from NIGMS (R01GM079277) titled: Accurate simulations of peptide aggregation which runs from 09/2007 - 08/2012. This project does not overlap COBRE research.
  • Yoshiaki Azuma has received an RO1 from NIGMS titled “Regulation and function of PIASy mediated mitotic SUMOylation in vertebrates” with funding to begin approximately Aug. 1, 2007.
  • Benyi Li, Laird Forrest and Grace Guo (Past PI) have each received $35,000 research awards from the Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute beginning June 1, 2007. Their research topics are: Benyi Li - "PI3K p110 beta inhibition for prostate cancer therapy"; Laird Forrest - "Shielded adeno-associated viruses for cancer gene therapy"; Grace Guo -"Mechanism of nuclear receptor FXR in repressing colorectal cancer".
  • Snigdha Banerjee, KUMC, Project Award 2005, was recently awarded a Veterans Administration Medical Center grant for her research project on ‘Cell-Cell Interactions during Breast Tumor Angiogenesis: Role of NRP-1’.
  • David Davido, KU, First Award 2006, has received a three year Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program IDeA Award for his research project ‘Identifying Targets of E3 Ubiquitin Ligases: Role in BRCA-1-mediated Breast Cancer’ starting May 1, 2007.

Investigator News:

  • Paul Hanson, Core C, was chosen for a Kemper Award Aug. 26, 2008 and received $5000 in recognition of his teaching excellence in the Department of Chemistry. The W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding teachers and advisers at KU as determined by a seven-member selection committee. Read more here.
  • Alexander  Beeser was highlighted in a KSU press release for his work on cancer research.

Past Investigator News:

  • Kristi Neufeld (Project Award 2002-2004) was selected for a Kemper Award Aug. 26, 2008 and received $5000 in recognition of her teaching excellence in the Molecular Biosciences Department. The W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding teachers and advisers at KU as determined by a seven-member selection committee. Read more here.
  • Sunil David (First Award 2003), assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, was recently selected as a “Best Teacher” by the School of Pharmacy. Following the honor, he was subsequently recognized at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in Chicago as one of the association’s Teachers of theYear.
  • Lorena Passarelli (First Award 2001) was highlighted in a KSU press release for her achievements in mentoring.

COBRE Acknowledgment for publications and presentations:

This publication (or project or research) was made possible by Grant Number P20 RR015563 from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health, and the State of Kansas. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the NCRR or NIH.


Last Updated: 10/04/2010


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