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Martinez awarded ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship  The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected David Martinez, a graduate student in Dr. Sallie Permar’s laboratory, as a 2016-2019 award recipient of the ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship.  More…

Neural stem cells serve as RNA highways too.  Debra Silver, Ph.D., and assistant professor of molecular genetics and microbiology recently published a paper in Current Biology.  The research was featured in Duke Today and on the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.  To read the published manuscript, “Dynamic mRNA Transport and Local Translation in Radial Glial Progenitors of the Developing Brain,” Louis-Jan Pilaz, Ashley L. Lennox, Jeremy P. Rouanet, Debra L. Silver. Current Biology, December 19, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.10.040, click here.

Rawls named AAAS Fellow.  John F. Rawls, Ph.D., an associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology in the Medical School is being recognized in the AAAS section on Biological Sciences for his “distinguished contributions to the field of symbiosis, particularly using zebrafish as a gnotobiotic host model to identify mechanisms underlying host-microbiota interactions in the intestine.” His research is focused on host-microbe interactions in the gut that regulate immunity, digestion and energy balance.  AAAS AnouncementDuke Chronicle Article.

Jen-Tsan Ashley Chi Associate Professor Breast Cancer Cells Starve for Cystine. Ashley Chi, M.D., Ph.D.  recently published a paper reporting that cells from a vicious and treatment-resistant form of breast cancer, called triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), die off rapidly when deprived of a key nutrient called cystine.  Breast cancer is a collection of different types of cancer subtypes. Among different breast cancer subtypes, we don’t have effective treatment for triple negative breast cancer that lack any of the targets we use to target cancer cells. In this study, we have found that the triple negative breast cancer cannot live without the import of the cysteine, an non-essential amino acids. Therefore, the removal or blockage of cysteine import into cancer cells may help patients with triple negative breast cancer.The research was featured in Duke Today.  Read the full article here.

Claire De March_Matsunami Lab

The Minute Marvels, Computing the Structure of Smell.  Claire de March, Ph.D. was featured a 60 second video on the Duke Research Computing website.  Claire studies how we detect smells and the molecular structures that accomplish the work of disclosing odors to our consciousness.  Watch the video here.

Audrey Odom_MSTP alumn

Odom received the Emerging Leader Award.  Audrey Odom John, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded the emerging Leader Award from the Duke Medical Alumni Association at the Medical Alumni Reunion in November.  Audrey also presented a seminar talk with the MGM Thursday Seminar Series on November 10, 2016.  Watch Audrey’s video here.

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