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Dr. Kejin Hu receives a seed-grant award from the Alabama Institute of Medicine
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Dr. Kejin Hu, an assistant professor at the UAB Stem Cell Institute, was awarded a seed grant by AIM (Alabama Institute of Medicine) to study molecular mechanisms of iPSC (induced pluripotent stem cell) reprogramming, and self-renewal and pluripotency of pluripotent stem cell (PSC). PSCs have the potential to differentiate into any type of cells in our body, and hold great promise for regenerative medicine. Conventional PSCs, human embryonic stem cells, are derived from the inner cell mass of early embryos. We are now able to generate pluripotent stem cells through induction of adult somatic cells by overexpression of a few transgenes (usually OCT4, SOX2, KLF4 and c-MYC). However, we know little about this reprogramming process. One of Dr. Hu’s research efforts is to decipher the molecular mechanisms of pluripotent reprogramming. Dr. Hu’s lab is also interested in uncovering the underlying molecular networks maintaining pluripotency and self-renewal of PSC. This award is the first extramural research grant received by the newly established UAB Stem Cell Institute. AIM is a patient-founded charitable organization, promoting stem cell research in Alabama (http://aim4cure.org ). AIM seed-grant awards “are intended to support the early stages of projects that are not yet ready for larger scale funding whether from federal or nonfederal sources”. This award is $100,000 for one year starting on Oct 1st, 2014, with potential for an extension for a second year.



Louise T. Chow elected as Academian during the 31st bi-annual meeting of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan.

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http://home.sinica.edu.tw/en/about/history_and_mission.html
Of the 18 new members in the three Divisions in Math and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences,  Louise was one of 7 in the Life Sciences,  which now has 94 members from around the world.
http://academicians.sinica.edu.tw/index.php?func=1&_lang=en

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UAB unveils state’s largest, most advanced nuclear magnetic resonance facility




Louise T. Chow, PhD appointed holder of the Endowed Anderson Family Chair

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Louise T. Chow, PhD has been appointed as the holder of the Endowed Anderson Family Chair in the Medical Education, Research and Patient Care in the School of Medicine.

 



N. Patrick Higgins, PhD named Professor Emeritus

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Higgins joined the UAB faculty in 1983; he was co-director of the Heflin Center from Human Genetics and director of the Biochemistry Fermentation Facility.



N. Rama Krishna elected as AAAS Fellow

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http://www.uab.edu/news/innovation/item/2956-uab-researcher-named-aaas-fellow

 


Sanjib Banerjee, PhD received third place in the John R. Durant Award for Excellence
 in Cancer Research - Junior Faculty Category at the 15th Annual
Cancer Center Research Retreat Competition held October, 29th 2012
at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, Birmingham, AL.


Louise_Chow_1UAB's Louise Chow elected to National Academy of
Science
 Louise Chow, Ph.D., a UAB professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics,
was elected a member of the NationalAcademy of Science for her excellence as one of today’s pre-eminent leaders in
the study of the human papillomavirus, the virus responsible for cervical
cancer.



News article featuring, BMG Student, Michael Heaven
Mentor:  Dr. Michael Brenner
“UAB biotech startup wins $22,000 in Alabama Launchpad competition”
Birmingham News
Business Section
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 – Section D

Our own BMG student, Michael Heaven, brought home $22,000 worth of funding for his company this week from the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama in a proof of concept competition Tuesday. Michael co-founded Proteomic Profiling Technologies with Archie Cobbs. He said the idea behind the company came to him during his biochemistry Ph.D. program at UAB.  Mike’s mentor is Dr. Michael Brenner in the Department of Neurobiology. 

Please see the link below for Michael’s news story in the Birmingham  News:http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2012/04/uab_biotech_startup_wins_22000.html