2010 NEWS ARCHIVES

Welcome New Faculty Member, Dr. David Tobin
David Tobin, PhD, joined the Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology as an assistant professor in February 2011.
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Scientists Decode Secrets of a Very Common Virus that Can Cause Cancer
About 90 percent of people are infected at some time in their lives with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), usually with no ill effects. But individuals with compromised immune systems, such as people with organ transplants or HIV infection, have a greater risk of cancer occurring because of this virus.
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Chi Elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)
Jen-Tsan Ashley Chi, MD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and the IGSP’s Center for Applied Genomics and Technology, is one of 68 new members elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).
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Tiny Molecules Protect From the Dangers of Sex 
Pathogenic fungi have been found to protect themselves against unwanted genetic mutations during sexual reproduction, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. A gene-silencing pathway protects the fungal genome from mutations imposed by a partner during mating.
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Second Annual Viral Oncology and AIDS Malignancy Mini-Symposium 
The Second Annual Viral Oncology and AIDS Malignancy Mini-Symposium is scheduled for Monday, November 15, 2010. The symposium will be held in the Bryan Research Building, Room 103 from 1:00 to 4:00pm and will feature three presentations from internationally recognized experts in the field.
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Welcome New Faculty Member, Dr. Debra Silver
Debra Silver, PhD, joined the Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology as an assistant professor in September 2010.
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St. Geme Elected to Institute of Medicine 
Joseph W. St. Geme, III, MD, James B. Duke Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, is one of 65 new members elected to the IOM.
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Petes Receives 2010 Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award 
Thomas D. Petes, PhD, Minnie Geller Professor, has been named the 2010 Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor at Duke University.
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Marchuk Appointed Vice Chair of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Douglas Marchuk, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Director of the of the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics, has been named Vice Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center.
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Turner Receives 2010 Third Year Medical Student Research Scholarship
Nicholas Turner, a third year medical student at Duke University Medical Center, has been selected to receive the Petes Scholarship in Genetics and Cancer Biology.
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Grossman Receives ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Lisa Grossman, an undergraduate student in chemistry at Duke University as a 2010 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
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ASM Press Announces Publication of Cryptococcus: From Human Pathogen to Model Yeast 
ASM Press recently announced the publication of the book entitled Cryptococcus: From Human Pathogen to Model Yeast.Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, James B. Duke Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and four of his colleagues co-edited the 620-page book which focuses on the dramatic advance of Cryptococcus neoformansas a human fungal pathogen since its first clinical appearance in the 1890s.
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Stimpson Receives Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
Kaitlin Stimpson, a graduate student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
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2010 Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Annual Retreat 
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Annual Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, September 25, 2010 in the Schiciano Auditorium in CIEMAS from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
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Shertz Receives American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
Cecelia Shertz, a graduate student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship.
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First Annual Joklik Distinguished Lectureship
Bernard Moss, MD, PhD, Chief of the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will present the inaugural Joklik Distinguished Lectureship, hosted by the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.
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Duke Scholars in Infectious Diseases Program Announces 2010-2011 Scholars 
The Duke Scholars in Infectious Diseases Program (DSID) is pleased to announce the Scholars for 2010-2011.
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New Strain of Virulent Airborne Fungi, Unique to Oregon, Is Set to Spread 
A newly discovered strain of an airborne fungus has caused several deaths in Oregon and seems poised to move into California and other adjacent areas, according to scientists at Duke University Medical Center.
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Triangle Microbial Interactions Meeting, v.1.2 
The next Triangle Microbial Interactions (TMI) meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Bavarian Brathaus in Cary, NC and will feature presentations from Jonathan Olson, PhD and Soman Abraham, PhD.
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Welcome New Faculty Member, Dr. Jörn Coers
Jörn Coers, PhD, joined the Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology as an assistant professor in April 2010.
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This is Your Brain on Cryptococcus: Pathogenic Fungus Loves Your Brain Sugar 
Highly dangerous Cryptococcus fungi love sugar and will consume it anywhere because it helps them reproduce. In particular, they thrive on a sugar called inositol which is abundant in the human brain and spinal cord.
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Mini-Symposium on Pathogenic Human Viruses 
The next Duke Center for Virology mini-symposium is scheduled for Thursday, April 8, 2010. The symposium will be held in Room 103 of the Bryan Research Building from 8:55 to 11:45am and will feature four presentations from internationally recognized experts in the field.
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Marchuk Selected for 2010 Gordon G. Hammes Faculty Teaching Award 
Douglas Marchuk, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Director of the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics, has been selected to receive the 2010 Gordon G. Hammes Faculty Teaching Award.
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Thirty-Second Annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture 
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology will host the Thirty-Second Annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture on April 12, 2010. This year’s speaker is Stephen West, PhD.
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Jinks-Robertson Elected 2010 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) 
Sue Jinks-Robertson, PhD, professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has been selected as a 2010 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM).
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O’Meara Receives DeLill Nasser Award from the Genetics Society of America
Teresa O’Meara, a graduate student in the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics, has received the DeLill Nasser Award from the Genetics Society of America.
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Responding to the Disaster in Haiti 
Time and again, the Duke community has shown a generous spirit and true concern for others in need. Read updates and learn about resources to help support relief efforts.
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Duke/UNC-CH Team Up to Plan FASEB 2011 Summer Research Conference 
Plans are underway for the Microbial Pathogenesis: Mechanisms of Infectious Disease summer research conference to be held in Snowmass, CO in July 2011.
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