FUTURE in Biomedicine

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    2009 Participants

    Coe College  |  Drake University  |  Graceland University  |  Loras College
    Luther College  |  Northwestern College  |  St. Ambrose University

    Coe Collegecoe2009

    FUTURE in Biomedicine Fellow: Randy Christensen, PhD, assistant professor of biology, Coe College 

    Student Research Assistant: Brandon Hoffer

    UI Faculty Host:  Anton McCaffrey, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine

    Fellow Project: Conducted research titled: "Gene expression in fibrotic mouse liver"

    Student Project: Conducted research titled: "The role of microRNAs in the progression of liver fibrosis"

    Ongoing Connection

    Dr. Christensen's work with Assistant Professor Anton McCaffrey (Dept. of Internal Medicine) was published in July, 2010, in an article entitled "Correlation between microRNA expression levels and clinical parameters associated with chronic hepatitis C viral infection in humans" in the journal Laboratory Investigations. Dr. Christensen attends seminars and conferences offered by the UI CCOM, and brings students with him from Coe to learn about graduate and clinical training programs. Mr. Brandon Hoffer matriculated in the College of Medicine in August, 2010.

     

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    Drake University

    FUTURE in Biomedicine Fellow: Jerry Honts, PhD, associate professor of biology, Drake University

    UI Faculty Host: Madeline Shea, PhD, Department of Biochemistry

    Fellow Project: Conducted research titled: "Ciliates, calcium, and the cytoskeleton: analysis of calcium-binding proteins in Paramecium and Tetrahymena"

    Ongoing Connection

    Dr. Honts continues to interact with the laboratory of Professor Madeline Shea (Dept. of Biochemistry). He uses the laboratory instruments to assist with specialized research projects, and has used the UI library system in support of his research, and a book he is writing entitled Protoplasm, describing the development of cell biology. He presented a talk in the 2010 FUTURE Symposium.

     

    graceland 2009Graceland University

    FUTURE in Biomedicine Fellow: Dan Pratt, PhD, associate professor of science and mathematics, Graceland University

    Student Research Assistant: Ryan Sheehy

    UI Faculty Host:  Ray Hohl, MD, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine

    Fellow Project: Conducted research titled: "Prenylation Inhibitors"

    Student Project: Conducted research titled: "The effects of a Novel Bisphosphonate, RB-2019, on Isoprenoid Biosynthesis in MD-MBA-231 Breast Cancer Cell Line"

    Ongoing Connection

    Dr. Pratt worked in the laboratory of Professor Ray Hohl (Depts. of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology). Dr. Pratt participated in the FUTURE Symposium in 2010, bringing two students (Alex Bagdy and Billy Witham) with him to present a poster based on their research at Graceland during the summer of 2010. Mr. Ryan Sheehy matriculated in the UI Biosciences Graduate Program in August, 2010. Several of Dr. Pratt's other students were inspired to conduct research during the summer of 2009. Ms. Koon Lam participated in the BSURF (Biochemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) program at the University of Iowa.

     

    loras2009Loras College

    FUTURE in Biomedicine Fellow: David Speckhard, PhD, professor of molecular and life science, Loras College

    Student Research Assistant: Sujan Devbhandari

    UI Faculty Host: Rob Piper, PhD, Department of Physiology and Biophysics

    Fellow Project: Conducted research titled: "Exploring the role of Ubiquitin in cellular protein recycling"

    Student Project: Conducted research titled: "Using a chimeric protein to study Ubiquitin dependent protein trafficking"

    Ongoing Connection

    In the summer of 2009, Dr. Speckhard worked with Professor Robert Piper (Dept. of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics). In 2010, Dr. Speckhard initiated a new research project with Assistant Professor Ernesto Fuentes (Dept. of Biochemistry) to pursue his interest in learning biomolecular NMR. Dr. Speckhard hosted UI CCOM postdoctoral fellow Dr. Brooke Shields at Loras College for a seminar, giving her a chance to present her research findings and learn more about careers at liberal arts colleges.

    Dr. Speckhard has begun using the DNA sequencing services of the UI CCOM DNA Core in work that grew out of his fellowship in the Piper laboratory. He may continue his work with Professor Piper who has a grant application pending that would benefit from an ongoing collaboration with an undergraduate institution. He is also applying for a sabbatical for summer 2011 and fall 2011 to continue working with Dr. Fuentes.

    Mr. Sujan Devbhandari applied and was accepted in the BSURF (Biochemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) program. He opted to train at Sloan-Kettering in New York City in the summer of 2010, but plans to apply to UI graduate programs including the MSTP for admission in 2011.

     

    luther2009Luther College

    FUTURE in Biomedicine Fellow: Jodi Enos-Berlage, PhD, associate professor of biology, Luther College

    Student Research Assistant: Aimee Villard

    UI Faculty Host: Linda McCarter, PhD, Department of Microbiology

    Project: Conducted research titled: "Investigating the role of calcium in bacteria using Vibrio parahaemolyticus"

    Ongoing Connection

    Dr. Enos-Berlage continues to interact with the laboratory of Professor Linda McCarter, Microbiology. Undergraduates from Luther College and graduate students at the University of Iowa are collaborating on a research endeavor. They are preparing a joint manuscript and grant proposal. Elements of the research project developed during the summer of 2009 have also been incorporated into investigative laboratory coursework at Luther College. Ms. Aimee Villard matriculated at Mayo to pursue graduate work in the fall of 2010.

     

    northwestern2009Northwestern College

    FUTURE in Biomedicine Fellow:  Karissa Carlson, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry, Northwestern College

    Student Research Assistant: Alex Menning 

    UI Faculty Host: Marc Wold, PhD, Department of Biochemistry

    Fellow Project: Conducted research titled: "Examining RPA Subunit Interactions with DNA"

    Student Project: Conducted research titled: "Detecting RPA Subunit Interactions with DNA Substrates using Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)"

    Ongoing Connection

    Dr. Carlson continues to collaborate with the laboratory of Professor Marc Wold, Biochemistry. Mr. Alex Menning pursued a service mission in Africa in the summer of 2010, and plans to apply to the UI CCOM medical school for admission in 2011. In the 2009-10 academic year, Adam Verhoef joined the research project started by Dr. Carlson and Mr. Menning. Adam traveled with Dr. Carlson to Iowa City in June, 2010, to prepare protein samples in Dr. Wold's laboratory, and presented his research with Dr. Carlson in a poster at the FUTURE 2010 Symposium in July.

     

    st. ambrose2009St. Ambrose University

    FUTURE in Biomedicine Fellow: Shannon Mackey, PhD , assistant professor in biology, St. Ambrose University

    UI Faculty Host: Lori Wallrath, PhD, Department of Biochemistry

    Fellow Project: Conducted research titled "Gene‐silencing Phenomena in Drosophila"

    Ongoing Connection

    Dr. Mackey has continued her research with Professor Lori Wallrath, Biochemistry. In 2010, she worked throughout the summer in the Wallrath laboratory with Danielle Schlimmer, a St. Ambrose University student who was supported by the BSURF (Biochemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) program and presented a talk in the 2010 FUTURE Symposium.

    Through her ongoing collaboration with Professor Wallrath, Dr. Mackey co-authored an article entitled "Nuclear organization, chromatin structure and gene silencing," which will be published in the Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry in the coming year.