GBS Spotlight

Joshua Justice earns Ellen Fanning Memorial Award

Joshua Justice earns Ellen Fanning Memorial Award

Congratulations to Microbiology student Joshua Justice for earning the Ellen Fanning Memorial Award for generating discussion at the 2017 ASM meeting on Viral Manipulation of Nuclear Processes! The award recognizes the person whose research contributed the most to discussion at the conference.
Congratulations to the Following Microbiology Departmental Retreat Award Recipients:

Congratulations to the Following Microbiology Departmental Retreat Award Recipients:

  • Meagan Jenkins, 1st Place for Poster Presentations by New Investigators (1st – 3rd Years)
  • Erin McLaughlin, 2nd Place for Poster Presentations by New Investigators (1st – 3rd Years)
  • Jessie Barra, 1st Place for Oral Presentations by New Investigators (1st – 3rd Years)
  • Anukul Shenoy, Tie for 1st Place for Poster Presentations by Graduate Students (4th Year & Up)
  • Hui Wu, Tie for 1st Place for Poster Presentations by Graduate Students (4th Year & Up)
  • Cathy Yea Won Sung, 1st Place for Oral Presentations by Graduate Students (4th Year & Up)
  • Uday Tak, 2nd Place for Oral Presentations by Graduate Students (4th Year & Up)
The 26th Gail Cassell Research Retreat took place in November at Joe Wheeler State Park for students, postdocs, and faculty in the Microbiology Department.
Congratulations to Mohammad Abdelgawwad!

Congratulations to Mohammad Abdelgawwad!

Congratulations to PBMM student Mohammad Abdelgawwad for being selected to give an oral presentation at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting and earning the ASH Abstract Achievement Award for his abstract titled, "Platelets Loaded with Recombinant ADAMTS13 Are Efficacious in Inhibiting Arterial Thrombosis Under Flow: A Potential Novel Therapeutic for Acquired TTP." The ASH Abstract Achievement Award is a merit-based award for trainees with high-scoring annual meeting abstracts. In addition, he was awarded a travel grant from Graduate Student Government to attend the conference.
Luke Stewart

Luke Stewart

Neuroscience student Luke Stewart was featured by UAB News for his research on how a dietary supplement dampens the brain hyperexcitability seen in seizures or epilepsy.

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Yabing Chen, Ph.D.

Yabing Chen, Ph.D.

Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine theme director Yabing Chen was featured by UAB News for her research on how dietary potassium regulates calcification of arteries.

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Congratulations to the following 2017-2018 Civitan International Research Center award recipients:

Congratulations to the following 2017-2018 Civitan International Research Center award recipients:

  • Emerging Scholar Award: Rylie Hightower, Neuroscience Theme
  • The Emerging Scholar Award recognizes outstanding research projects from budding scholars whose research focuses on developmental disabilities.
  • W. John Rynearson Award: Mary Phillips, Neuroscience Theme
  • The W. John Rynearson Award was established in 2017 in honor of John Rynearson’s leadership of Civitan International.
  • Whit Mallory Award: Nancy Gallus, Neuroscience Theme
  • The Whit Mallory Award was established in 2013 in memory of Whit Mallory and his dedication to research and clinical activities in the field of developmental disabilities.

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Congratulations to the following AMC21 recipients!

Congratulations to the following AMC21 recipients!

  • Rachel Andrews, Microbiology Theme
  • Sam Mabry, Neuroscience Theme
  • Gunars Osis, Biochemistry Theme
The AMC21 Scholar program was started in the Fall of 2017 and the first class of Scholars have just started their graduate training in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS) Program. The scholarships are sponsored by the UAB School of Medicine through the Academic Enrichment Fund, which receives support from the School of Medicine, the clinical departments, the UAB Hospital, the UAB Health System and Viva Health. The goal of the scholarship program is to attract the top candidates to our graduate programs in biomedical science disciplines. The scholars were selected from the large pool of GBS applicants for their academic excellence and their prior research accomplishments. The scholarships provide stipend support and discretionary funds for attending national or international scientific meetings. The scholars will also participate in an annual research symposium and a mentoring program that are designed to help them compete for extramurally funded research fellowships and post-doctoral fellowships with top labs.
Danielle Chisolm

Danielle Chisolm

Microbiology student Danielle Chisolm was featured by UAB News for her research on how a nutrient, glutamine, can control gene programs in cells.

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Louis Justement, Ph.D.

Louis Justement, Ph.D.

Immunology theme director Louis Justement, Ph.D., was elected as the vice president for science policy at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).

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Megan Rich

Megan Rich

Neurobiology student Megan Rich was featured as an Alabama Bright Light for her research on how to penetrate the blood-brain barrier in a noninvasive way.

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Moon Nahm, M.D.

Moon Nahm, M.D.

GBS faculty member Moon Nahm, M.D., was featured in the UAB Magazine for the global impact of his research on S. pneumoniae.

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