Congratulations to Christina Wicker who successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation this week. Congratulations Dr. Wicker! And congratulations to Dr. Izumi for his excellent mentorship and Christina’s committee members for their guidance through her training.
Of the 14 million cancer survivors in the United States, a significant number experience a serious side effect called chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment (CICI). While easily recognized, little is known about the etiology of this condition, also known informally as “chemo brain.” CICI can significantly reduce patients’ quality of life with serious, even devastating, symptoms such as memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, negative impacts on multitasking, confusion and fatigue.Three University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers are tackling this problem head-on, serving as principal investigators on a new $2.3 million grant awarded by the National... FULL STORY
A new book co-written by Nathan Vanderford, University of Kentucky assistant professor in the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, guides STEM graduate and postdoctoral students in their career planning by evaluating goals and finding the steps to be taken to achieve them.In ReSearch: A Career Guide for Scientists, authors Nathan L. Vanderford, Teresa M. Evans and Natalie Lundsteen help students with their career planning practices, particularly in the sciences. This step-by-step guide provides global perspectives and strategies on seeking career opportunities.“The overall goal of the book is to provide graduate trainees with the knowledge they... FULL STORY
Six University of Kentucky educators were named recipients of the UK Alumni Association 2017 Great Teacher Award Tuesday night.The recipients are:Richard Andreatta, College of Health Sciences - Communication Sciences and DisordersGitanjali Pinto-Sinai, College of Dentistry - Restorative DentistryJeff Reese, College of Education - Educational, School and Counseling PsychologyMichelle Sizemore, College of Arts and Sciences - EnglishNathan Vanderford, College of Medicine - Toxicology and Cancer BiologySherali Zeadally, College of Communication and Information - Information ScienceAward recipients were honored at the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Recognition... FULL STORY
Cheers to this year’s class of doctoral students in the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology who have successfully passed their qualifying exam!Pictured from left to right are Marco Clementino, Alexandra Arenas, Peter Van Wie, Kortney Schumann, Jeremy Johnson and Nathalia Araujo. Not in the photograph are Jieran Li, Jacob Machin and Nidhi Shukla. The faculty congratulates all of you on this major accomplishment and we wish you many continued successes in the program. The faculty also commend Marisa Kamelgarn and all of the other students in the Toxicology and Cancer Biology Student Forum who worked over the summer to provide guidance and support to these students... FULL STORY
Dr. Natasha Kyprianou, professor of Urology, Biochemistry, Pathology and Toxicology and Cancer Biology in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, recently was invited by the director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry of Academia Sinica, Dr. Ching-Shih Chen, on an eight-day academic tour of Taiwan that provided unique opportunities to establish global collaborations in cancer research. The James F. Hardymon Chair of Urologic Research at the Markey Cancer Center, Kyprianou was a distinguished scholar at Academia Sinica and nominated to become a member of the Academy in Taipei. During her visit in December 2015, she gave presentations at prestigious... FULL STORY
From left to right: Drs. Kathy O’Connor, Hollie Swanson, Doug Andres, Jim Geddes, Mary Vore, Daret St. Clair and Nada Porter. Dean Fred deBeer thanking Mary for her many years of service to U.K.Acknowledging Mary's contributions to the DepartmentRecognition from the women faculty of U.K.A gift to Mary. Now she'll have more time to tend to her own roses!
In a recent article in the journal Nature Biotechnology, University of Kentucky Assistant Professor Nathan Vanderford and doctoral candidate Heather Norman-Burgdolf describe a course developed to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows be prepared for the realities of the job market. Every year, doctoral graduates enter the job market in search of tenure-track professorship positions at universities throughout the world. Unfortunately, the number of new Ph.D. recipients increases each year while openings for current and new professors fail to keep pace. As a result, it often takes years for many doctoral graduates to land a tenure-track position at a... FULL STORY
Led by Drs. David Orren and Amrita Machwe of the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology and the Markey Cancer Center and conducted jointly by recent Ph.D. graduate Deanna Edwards and Dr. Machwe, this article was published online in the September 30 issue of the prestigious, interdisciplinary scientific journal Nature Communications. The research clarifies a putative telomeric maintenance function for the WRN protein that is defective in the cancer-prone and premature aging hereditary disease, Werner syndrome. Located at the ends of each chromosome, telomeres are critical for maintaining genome stability. Conversely, telomere dysfunction during... FULL STORY
Students and Faculty in the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology held an Open House in August to meet with incoming first year graduate students. Oral and poster presentations highlighted the varied research programs in the department that investigate basic, translational and clinical aspects of toxicology and cancer biology.
Dr. Donghern Kim is selected 2nd place winner of the Metals Specialty Section Student Award in the Postdoctoral Scholar category for abstract “Chronic Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium Induced Angiogenesis via Activation of EGFR Signaling”, 54th annual meeting of Society of Toxicology, March 22-26, 2015, San Diego, CA.
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