Student News

September 2016

Congratulations to Ankita Shukla who was awarded a NIH T32 Immunology Research Training Grant for 2016-17.

May 2016

Lisa Baik received the “Merit Award” for her poster presentation titled “CRYPTOCHROME is a Direct Neuronal Ultraviolet Light Sensor” at the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms 2016 Conference.

February 2016

Lisa Baik was awarded “Best Poster” at the Center for Circadian Biology Symposium: From Cells to Clinic, 2016.

June 2015

Congratulations to Lisa Baik who received an ARCS Foundation Scholar Award.

May 2015

Congratulations to Ashley Fong, winner of the first Grand Slam tournament sponsored by the University of California Office of the President. Ashley won with her 3-minute talk on “Stem Cells: How to Mend a Broken Heart.” (Click on the title to watch Ashley’s presentation).

April 2015

Congratulations to Lisa Baik and Bryan Boubion who were recently awarded a 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

The NSF also awarded Honorable Mention to Sarah Carmona, Alec Follmer, Autumn Holmes, and Tuyen Nguyen.

March 2015

Hyun-Ik Jun from the laboratory of Dr. Feng Qiao and Rolando Ruiz-Vega from Dr. Anand Ganesan’s lab were each awarded the “School of Medicine Outstanding Student Fellowship 2015”.

December 2014

Christian Guerrero-Juarez and Raul Ramos co-authored a paper in Science entitled “Dermal adipocytes protect against invasive Staphylococcus aures skin infection.”

Nan Wu was awarded a 2-year scholarship from the ARCS Foundation.

Hyun-Ik Jun, a graduate student in Dr. Feng Qiao’s lab, was awarded a 2-year predoctoral research fellowship from American Heart Association.

Bekah Le was awarded a 2015 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

George Chen received an honorable mention award for the UCI Public Impact Fellowships.

Vanessa Macias published a first-author paper in Insect Mol Biol entitled “piRNA pathway gene expression in the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles stephensi”.

Bekah Le co-authored a paper in Development entitled “Genome-wide view of TGF-b/Foxh1 regulations of the early mesendoderm program”.

Honyin Chiu  and Lomon So co-authored a paper in PNAS entitled “mTOR kinase inhibitors promote antibody class switching via mTORC2 inhibition”.

Nan Wu published a co-first author review paper in Arterioscler. Thromb. Vasc. Biol. that is in press, entitled “A Role for Partial Endothelial–Mesenchymal Transitions in Angiogenesis?”

November 2014

Autumn Holmes was awarded a position on the UCI Initiative for Maximizing Student Development-Minority Biomedical Sciences Support Program (IMSD-MBRS) training grant which is NIH-funded.

Ryan Lim was awarded a position on the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine predoctoral training grant. He was also awarded the National Research Service Award F31 predoctoral fellowship which will start on March 1, 2015.

Stephanie Wu was awarded a position on the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine predoctoral training grant which will begin in January 2015.

Jeff Holden published a first-author paper in Journal of Biological Chemistry:

Soledad Mochel published a first-author paper in Developmental Biology:                

Recent CMB graduate Cristian Aguilar has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Biology at Azusa Pacific University.

October 2014

Elyse Van Spyk has won another award. She was named the Roche/ARCS Scholar for the School of Medicine for this year. Congratulations Elyse!!

Ray Zhou published a first-author paper in Nature Immunology entitled: “N-glycosylation bidirectionally extends the boundaries of thymocyte positive selection by decoupling Lck from Ca2+ signaling”. This work was highlighted in a UCI news bulletin:

April 2014

Congratulations to Elyse Van Spyk who was recently awarded a 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

The NSF also awarded Honorable Mention to Soyeon Baik, Dail Chapman, Christie Mortales, and Heather Wright.

February 2014

Katrina Welch-Reardon reports three news items:

Published a first author paper in Journal of Cell Science entitled: “Angiogenic sprouting is regulated by endothelial cell expression of Slug (Snai2)”.

Participating in an internship in the Office of Technology Alliances at UCI.

Serving as a council member for the Associate Graduate Students (AGS).

Ryan Spitler has two news items:

Published a first-author paper in the Journal of Biomedical Optics entitled: “Comparison of laser and diode sources for acceleration of in vitro wound healing by Low-Level Light Therapy”

Was awarded a fellowship from the Military Photomedicine Program.

Ohi Unoje co-authored a paper in PNAS entitled: “Quorum sensing controls hyphal initiation in Candida albicans through Ubr1-mediated protein degradation”.

Vaishali Jayashankar has two news items:

Published a review article in Current Opinion in Cell Biology  entitled: “Integrating mitochondrial organization and dynamics with cellular architecture.”

Earned GAANN fellowship.

Lomon So and Scott Lee co-authored a paper in PLOS ONE entitled: “Resistance to mTOR kinase inhibitors in lymphoma cells lacking 4EBP1”.

Kate Ball was hired as an adjunct instructor in the Biola University Biology department.

Thomas Lechuga was awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association.

Katie Sanders received an NIH Stem Cell Translational Medicine for Neurological Disorders Fellowship.

Kathy Harker recently received the 2013-2014 Graduate Fellow Award, HHMI-UCI Teaching Fellows Program.

George Chen served as the head judge for the Southern California region of FIRST Lego League, a robotics competition for elementary and middle school students. He will also be helping to host the California State and World Championship events for the Vex Robotics Competition, an elementary to college level robotics competition.

November 2013

Chi Nguyen from Sheryl Tsai’s lab is first author on a Nature paper in press, entitled “”Fatty acid biosynthesis caught in the act”.

Daniel Clemens from James Hall’s lab is first author on two recent publications:

Regulation of AQP0 is Required for Normal Lens Development in Zebrafish. Investigative Opthalmology & Visual Science. 2013 Jul;54(7):5136-5143.

Allosteric mechanism of water-channel gating by Ca2+–calmodulin. Nature Structural & Molecular Biology2013 Sept;20(9):1085-1092. *These authors contributed equally to this work. Featured in Science Editors’ Choice.

 Will Brubaker from Rachel Martin’s lab is co-first author on a Structure paper entitled “Preferential and Specific Binding of Human αB-Crystallin to a Cataract-Related Variant of γS-Crystallin”:

Hyun-Ik Jun and Jinqiang Liu from Feng Qiao’s lab are first and second authors on a Genes and Development paper entitled “Tpz1 controls a telomerase-nonextendible telomeric state and coordinates switching to an extendible state via Ccq1”:

Jeff Holden from Tom Poulos’ lab is first author on a PNAS paper entitled “Structural and biological studies on bacterial nitric oxide synthase inhibitors”:
This paper was featured in a scientific blog:

 Anna Amcheslavsky from Michael Cahalan’s lab is first author on a paper in Journal of General Physiology entitled “Orai3 TM3 point mutation G158C alters kinetics of 2-APB-induced gating by disulfide bridge formation with TM2 C101”:

 Warren Plaisted from Tom Lane’s lab was appointed to the NIH T32 training grant in Stem Cell Translational Medicine and is first author on a Virology paper in press entitled “T cell mediated suppression of neurotropic coronavirus replication in neural precursor cells”

 Christian Guerrero-Juarez and Raul Ramos from Max Plikus’ lab are co-authors on a commentary in Journal of Investigative Dermatology entitled “Hair follicle signaling networks: a dermal papilla centric approach”:

Recent CMB graduate Amanda Janesick, won two awards at the spring honors convocation: the Howard A. Schneiderman Fellowship award and the Most Promising Future Faculty award. She also published a first author paper in Development:                                                                “ERF and ETV3 are retinoic acid-inducible repressors required for primary neurogenesis”.

Elizabeth Clarke was selected to give oral presentations at the annual meetings of the Society for Leukocyte Biology and the American Association of Immunologists (AAI). She also won a Trainee Abstract Award from AAI and a Student Fellowship from the Lupus Foundation of America.

Yarrow Madrona published a first author paper in Biochemistry:                                    “P450cin active site water: implications for substrate binding and solvent accessibility.”

Christian Guerrero-Juarez was awarded fellowship support by the NIH MBRS-IMSD program.

Megan Angelini published a first-author paper in mBio:
“Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Nonstructural Proteins 3, 4, and 6 Induce Double-Membrane Vesicles”

Lanny Gov was awarded a fellowship for the 17th Annual Woods Hole Immunoparasitology (WHIP) meeting in April 2013, and published a first-author paper in mBio:
“Human innate immunity to Toxoplasma gondii is mediated by host caspase-1 and ASC and parasite GRA15.”

Kathy Harker received the UCI Brython-Davis Fellowship and published a first-author paper in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology:
“Toxoplasma gondii modulates the dynamics of human monocyte adhesion to vascular endothelium under fluidic shear stress.”

Ryan Spitler published a first-author paper in Cell Signaling:
“Nitrosyl-cobinamide (NO-Cbi), a new nitric oxide donor, improves wound healing through cGMP/cGMP-dependent protein kinase”

Jesus Barajas received a PreDoctoral F31 Fellowship from NIH.

Milton Greenberg received the AAI Trainee Abstract Award from the American Association of Immunologists in April 2013