January 2017 News 

Lynn Hancock (associate professor) is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health Exploratory/Developmental Research (R21) Grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease for his project entitled “The role of peptide signaling in Enterococcus faecalis biofilm development.”  E. faecalis is an opportunistic pathogen that normally inhabits the gastrointestinal tract without causing infection, but is capable of infecting the bloodstream, the urinary tract and heart valves.   The goal of this work is to characterize peptide importers and exporters to understand the role of these proteins complexes during infection.


Kristi Neufeld (professor) was the guest research presenter at the annual KU Center for Research Inc. board meeting on December 16.  The title of her talk was “Go with your gut: the study of proteins to fight colon cancer.”




Maggie Hornick (undergraduate, Gamblin lab) has received a KU Undergraduate Research Award for Spring 2017 for her project “Effects of Increased Pseudohyperphosphorylation on Tau in Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology”


Katie Morales (undergraduate, Gamblin lab) has received a KU Undergraduate Research Award for Spring 2017 for her project “Comparative differences between human tau isoforms in models of Alzheimer’s disease”




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January 2017 Presentations

Denny Swartzlander (Gleason lab) successful defended his doctoral dissertation entitled “Gene Expression and Introgression of Two Genes Implicated in Behavioral Reproductive Isolation between Drosophila simulans and D. sechellia” on December 9.

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December 2016 Publications

Cloud-Richardson, Smith BR, Macdonald SJ.  Genetic dissection of intraspecific variation in a male-specific sexual trait in Drosophila melanogaster.  Heredity 117, 417-26.

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