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  • Graduate Student Nicole Clark awarded fellowship through NSF

    Graduate student Nicole Clark has been awarded a predoctoral fellowship through the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  The first year graduate student will be doing research on understanding non-classical progesterone signaling in female reproduction in Jim Pru’s lab.  Read more here.
  • Dr. Raymond Reeves Delivers the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Address

    “A Surprise Path to Regenerative Medicine” on Thursday, March 27, as part of the annual Showcase celebration of Washington State University.  This annual award recognizes a faculty member whose achievements in research, scholarship and teaching place him or her in the front ranks of his or her discipline.  Professor Reeves has been a faculty member since 1979 and is one of the most highly cited scientists at WSU. He is ranked in the top 1 percent of cited authors for journals in the life sciences and in 2010 was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for contributions to the field of chromatin research, particularly for studies elucidating the structure and function of the HMGA family of non-histone architectural proteins. The HMGA proteins play a central role in regulating gene transcription, DNA replication and control of cell proliferation.  They are involved in both the cancerous transformation of normal cells and in the promotion of tumor cells to more malignant states, making them attractive targets for new anti-cancer drugs.  Read more here.
  • Dr. Margaret Black Receives the Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award

    at this year’s Showcase banquet dinner held on Friday, March 28.  This award recognizes “an Association of Faculty Women (AFW) member whose leadership has advanced the role of women in the WSU system and/or who has demonstrated leadership in higher education, the community or her profession at the local, state, regional, national or international level.” It was established in 2000 to show AFW’s appreciation to former President Smith for his leadership in advancing the role of women at WSU.  A scientist and professor at WSU since 1998, Black’s  work focuses on the develop targeted therapies to treat cancer, where biomarkers distinguish and kill cancerous cells while sparing noncancerous cells.  Read more here.
  • Galen Gorence Receives the President’s Employee Excellence Award

    at the Showcase banquet dinner. Galen, the animal care facility manager for SMB, is not only in charge of the day-to-day operations of the animal facilities but he also provides instruction to his staff about animal husbandry, oversight of equipment maintenance and advice to faculty on breeding habits and other factors that potentially could affect research data. Gorence has displayed outstanding ability and worked extra hours to accommodate a construction project that required moving animals and equipment and decontaminating facilities. He is applauded for his anticipation of problems and solutions in a way that causes minimal disruption to research.
  • Dr. Weihang Chai and Dr. Jon Oatley are to be Congratulated for their Tenure Awards and Promotions to the Rank of Associate Professor

    that were announced at the Showcase banquet dinner.  Dr. Chai’s research focuses on focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms for maintaining integrity of telomeres, the physical ends of eukaryotic chromosomes.  Telomeres protect genome stability by preventing chromosomes from inappropriate fusions, degradation, and recombination. Failure of maintaining functional telomeres results in genome instability that leads to diseases such as cancer and premature aging.  Read more here.  Dr. Oatley’s research focuses on deciphering: 1) the molecular mechanisms within spermatogonial stem cells that control self-renewal and differentiation; 2) the pathways controlling postnatal development of the spermatogonial stem cell pool to establish the adult stem cell population; and 3) determinants of the stem cell niche microenvironment within mammalian testes. Read more here.
  • Dr. Eric Shelden and Mr. Ron MIller receive the M. J. Murdock grant

    Dr. Eric Shelden (SMB, WSU) and Mr. Ron Milller (Lakeside High School, Plummer, ID) have received funding from the M.J. Murdock “Partners in Science Program” for a grant entitled “Heat shock protein regulation and function during development of a model fish species“. The project will examine the function of the heat shock response during embryonic exposure to environmental stressors, and will develop STEM training and curricula for use in high school classrooms.
  • Dr. Margaret Black receives Samuel H. Smith Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Black, our very own Biotech Training Program Director, who will be receiving the Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award for 2013-2014: Read more here.
  • Galen Gorence to receive President’s Employee Excellence Award

    Galen, the animal care facility manager for SMB, is not only in charge of the day-to-day operations of the animal facilities but he also provides instruction to his staff about animal husbandry, oversight of equipment maintenance and advice to faculty on breeding habits and other factors that potentially could affect research data. Gorence has displayed outstanding ability and worked extra hours to accommodate a construction project that required moving animals and equipment and decontaminating facilities. He is applauded for his anticipation of problems and solutions in a way that causes minimal disruption to research.  He will be honored at the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on March 28, as part of the Washington State University  annual Showcase celebration.
  • Provost and VP of Research Invest in the Laboratory for Biotechnology and Bioanalysis

    Interim Provost Bernardo and Interim VP for Research Magnuson have provided substantial funds to support service agreements for several highly used instrument in the Laboratory for Biotechnology and Bioanalysis, Dr. Griswold, Director of the Laboratory, announced today. These monies affirm the commitment of the institution to the Laboratory which is used by numerous research labs on the WSU campus. Dr. Jones, Director of SMB, thanks Dr. Griswold and the staff of the Laboratory for their exemplary service and efforts on behalf of the user base of this important and outstanding core.  


  • Subra Muralidharan awarded Nanomedicine Nature of Homeopathic Medicines for Cancer: Developmental Project

    Nanomedicine Nature of Homeopathic Medicines for Cancer: Developmental ProjectLotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation - Jan 2014 - Jan 2016
    The Foundation supports research in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM).  Prevailing hypothesis of the efficacy of homeopathic remedies is that the way they are prepared results in nanoparticles with the drug molecules embedded in them.  This facilitates ready cell transport and targeted delivery of drugs to diseased cells.  The focus of my project will be to embed specific homeopthic drugs that have shown efficacy for glioblastoma in nanoparticles of slilca and calcium phosphate in a controlled manner and and study their interaction with glioma cells.  The goal is to understand the nanomedicine-cell interaction at the molecular level and propose possible mechanism of the action of these drugs.  The initial focus will be on mitochondrial DNAs that upregulate metabolic pathways considered to be key in glioma cell proliferation.