UK Celebrates its 2017 Great Teacher Award Winners

Posted: 3/1/2017
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
Tags: Great Teachers Award, Toxicology and Cancer Biology

2016 Qualifying Exam Success!

2016 toxicology qualify exam success Posted: 12/2/2016
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 Establishes Global Collaborations During Journey to

Posted: 2/9/2016
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
Tags: Graduate Center for Toxicology

Mary Vore, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology

Posted: 2/1/2016
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!

New UK Course Prepares PhDs for the Realities of a Crowded Job Market

Posted: 1/11/2016
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
Tags: Professional News, Faculty, Faculty Development

Orren/Machwe Study Linking Premature Aging and Cancer Development to

Posted: 10/16/2015
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

Toxicology and Cancer Biology Open House

Posted: 9/3/2015
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.

Donghern Kim, Ph.D. selected 2nd Place Winner: Metals Specialty

Posted: 4/21/2015
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.      

Study Translates Genetic Risk Factor into Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

Posted: 4/2/2015
What if a failed leukemia drug could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease? A team at the University of Kentucky recently led an effort to investigate this hypothesis. Their results were published today in the journal, Human Molecular Genetics. The UK researchers, led by Steve Estus at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, study a genetic variant in a gene called CD33 that reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The Estus group recently published findings suggesting that this variant promotes production of a truncated form of the CD33 protein that lacks a putative functional domain. The CD33 protein is present on microglia, the resident immune cells of the brain. CD33... FULL STORY
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Aging, Alzheimer's disease

UK's Vanderford featured in Nature

Posted: 3/9/2015
Nathan Vanderford, assistant director for research at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and assistant professor in the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, has a featured article on graduate education in the March 5 edition of Nature. Nature is one of the most prominent and prestigious interdisciplinary scientific journals in the world. Vanderford co-wrote an article titled, "Wanted: Information" with Viviane Callier from the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship. In the piece, Vanderford and Callier examine why recent doctoral graduates are having trouble obtaining jobs. They note that doctoral students, specifically those in the science... FULL STORY
Tags: Graduate Center for Toxicology, Faculty, Publications

Mary Vore, PhD receives 2014 Willard Award

Posted: 11/6/2014
Mary Vore was recently awarded the 2014 William R. Willard Award. This award is the College’s highest honor given to individuals who have made singular contributions to the College’s missions in research, teaching and service. Educated at Asbury College, Mary obtained her Ph.D. in pharmacology at Vanderbilt University. She returned to Kentucky as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and rose through the ranks to Professor in 1986. Beginning with her role as Vice-Chair, Mary displayed her administrative abilities and subsequently held a number of other positions leading up to her current roles as Director of the Graduate Center for Toxicology... FULL STORY