Anatomy and Cell Biology

Graduate Students, Zhao Sun, Peterson Maina and Jung Park, Defend Comprehensive Examination

Jung, Sun and Maina Comps

Graduate student Zhao Sun (left in photo) successfully passed his comprehensive examination on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. The title of his proposal was "The roles of Fox06 in mouse craniofacial and bone development".  Zhao received his B.S. from Anhui Normal University in Wuhu, China in 2007 and his M.S. from East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. He began his graduate studies at Texas A&M in 2010 and transferred to the University of Iowa in 2012, when his mentor there, Brad Amendt, was appointed as professor at UI Anatomy and Cell Biology. Zhao will continue his thesis work in Dr. Amendt’s laboratory focusing on the roles of transcription factors and miRNAs in craniofacial and bone development.

Graduate student Peterson (Kariuki) Maina (center in photo) successfully passed his comprehensive examination on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. The title of his proposal was "The role of Histone Demethylase PHF8 in the Hypoxic Adaptation of Prostate Cancer Tumor Initiating Cells".  Kariuki received his B.S from Saint Lawrence University in Canton, NY in 2010 and began his graduate studies at the University of Iowa Biosciences Program in 2011. Kariuki will continue his thesis work in Dr. Hank Qi’s laboratory focusing on PHF8 in prostate cancer and cleft lip/palate

MSTP graduate student, Jung Park (right in photo) successfully passed his comprehensive examination on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. The title of his proposal was "The Role of Tfap2c in Mammary Development and Cancer".  Jung received his B.A. from the University of California-Berkeley in 2008 and began his MSTP studies at the Carver College of Medicine in 2010. Jung will continue his thesis work in Dr. Ronald Weigel’s laboratory focusing on focusing on mouse models of mammary cancer.

Congratulations to Zhou, Kariuki and Jung!