March 2020 News
Tony Fehr (assistant professor) is quoted in the following Washington Post articles discussing the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. He also acted as a panelist for a Coronavirus Fact vs Fiction Forum sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and Office of International Affairs at Marvin Hall on February 14, 2020.
50 KU students received Undergraduate Research Awards for spring 2020. Six of these students are doing research in Molecular Biosciences labs:
Maya Bluitt, a senior from Lawrence: “Elucidating how Flamingo Selectively Regulates Anteroposterior Axonal Outgrowth of VD Motor Neurons Using MSRB-1 as a Model Protein,” mentored by Brian Ackley.
Vaughn Craddock, a senior from Wichita: “Screening of Aspergillus Nidulans Secondary Metabolites that Block Quorum Sensing in the Bacterium Pseudomonas Aeruginosa,” mentored by Josie Chandler.
Kelsey Hillyer, a senior from Shawnee: “In-vitro Study of FTDP-17 Tau Mutations,” mentored by T. Chris Gamblin.
Payton Markley, a junior from Hays: “Identification and Characterization of the ELAVL1 Promoter Region,” mentored by Dan Dixon.
Dania Shoaib, a senior from Elizabethtown, Kentucky: “Investigating the Role of Septate Junction Proteins in Border Cell Migration in Drosophila,” mentored by Robert Ward.
Hunter Woosley, a junior from Leawood: “Investigation of Cellular Protein Targeted by ICP0 for Degradation,” mentored by David Davido.
Jessie Perlmutter joined the Unckless lab as a postdoctoral researcher. Jessie is from Colorado and recently completed her PhD at Vanderbilt University. She will work on host/microbe interactions in Drosophila.
Yousef Alhammad joined the Fehr lab as a postdoctoral researcher. Yousef is from Saudi Arabia but got his PhD in Australia at Monash University. He will work on coronavirus macrodomain functions and its role in replication.