2012 NEWS ARCHIVES

Head Receives Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
Brian Head, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Alejandro Aballay, PhD, has received a two-year Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
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Duke Celebrates New AAAS Fellows 
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected 14 Duke faculty among this year’s class of 702 new fellows. The honor is bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers in recognition of scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Notably, two new fellows are from the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.
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Petes Receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics
Thomas D. Petes, PhD, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for lifetime achievement in the field of genetics from the Genetics Society of America.
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Tobin Receives 2012 ICAAC Young Investigator Award
David M. Tobin, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University School of Medicine, has been honored as a recipient of the 2012 ICAAC Young Investigator Award.
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Duke Scientists Discover Genetic Material in Blood Cells that May Affect Malaria Parasites 
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center may finally have discovered why people with sickle cell disease get milder cases of malaria than individuals who have normal red blood cells.
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Kim Appointed Director of Duke RNAi Screening Facility
So Young Kim, PhD, Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has been appointed Director of the Duke RNAi Screening Facility which serves as the focal point of RNAi technology development and expertise for the Duke University and Medical Center research community.
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Bastidas and Barker Receive Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Awards
Robert Bastidas, PhD and Jeffrey Barker, PhD, post-doctoral fellows in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, have each received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Health and Infectious Disease (NIAID) for their work on innate host responses to Chlamydial pathogens.
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Tobin Named Searle Scholar for 2012
David Tobin, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, is one of 15 researchers in the chemical and biological sciences to be named as a 2012 Searle Scholar.
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Pilla Receives American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship  
Danielle Pilla, a graduate student, in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship.
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Newly Discovered Breast Milk Antibodies Help Neutralize HIV
Antibodies that help to stop the HIV virus have been found in breast milk. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center isolated the antibodies from immune cells called B cells in the breast milk of infected mothers in Malawi, and showed that the B cells in breast milk can generate neutralizing antibodies that may inhibit the virus that causes AIDS.
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2012 Duke Medicine Emeriti, Thomas Mitchell, PhD – Watch a video featuring Thomas Mitchell, PhD, who was honored with Emeriti status on June 5, 2012 at a dinner celebration at the Washington Duke Inn.
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Garcia-Blanco Awarded Distinguished Professorship Honoring the Late Charles D. Watts
Mariano Garcia-Blanco, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Medicine, and Director of the Center for RNA Biology at Duke University’s School of Medicine, and Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, has been named the Charles D. Watts Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.
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Genes May Explain Why Some People Turn Their Noses Up at Meat
If you don’t like the taste of pork, the reason may be that your genes cause you to smell the meat more intensely, according to a new study.
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Perfect Appointed Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases
Mary Klotman, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine has announced that, after a rigorous national search, John Perfect, MD, has agreed to be the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases.
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Heitman Receives 2012 Research Mentoring Award
Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, James B. Duke Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has received the 2012 Research Mentoring Award for Translational Research.
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Mini-Symposium on Pathogenic Human Viruses
The next Duke Center for Virology Mini-symposium on Pathogenic Human Viruses is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2012. The symposium will be held in Room 103 of the Bryan Research Building from 9:00am to 12:30pm and will feature four presentations from internationally recognized experts in the field.
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Treatment for TB Can Be Guided by Patients’ Genetics 
A gene that influences the inflammatory response to infection may also predict the effectiveness of drug treatment for a deadly form of tuberculosis.
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Copper + Love Chemical = Big Sulfur Stink 
When Hiroaki Matsunami, PhD, associate professor at Duke University, set out to study a chemical in male mouse urine called MTMT that attracts female mice, he didn’t think he would stumble into a new field of study.
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Duke/Tufts Team Up to Plan 2013 FASEB Science Research Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis
Plans are underway for the Microbial Pathogenesis: Mechanisms of Infectious Disease summer research conference to be held in Snowmass, CO on July 21-26, 2013.
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Duke Symposium in Celebration of Mycology and Mycologists
Please join us for a symposium at Duke University April 5-6, 2012 in celebration of mycology and mycologists. During this meeting, we will review the latest exciting breakthroughs in the field, including fungal biology virulence and novel ways to intervene therapeutically, and enrich our scientific community through shared interests and visions.
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New Way to Learn About–and Potentially Block–Traits in Harmful Pathogens 
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have developed a new way to identify the genes of harmful microbes, particularly those that have been difficult to study in the laboratory.
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Duke RNAi Screening Facility 
The Center for RNA Biology and the IGSP have established an RNAi Facility for the application of RNA interference (RNAi) technologies for mammalian functional genomics. Read about it in the January 2012 SOM Newsletter here.
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