Ayse Kizilyer Presented her poster, "The Role of Neurotrophin Signaling in Megakaryocyte Differentiation and Platelet Production," at the 12th International Society for Stem Cell Research Annual (ISSCR) Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada in June 2014. Ayse is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Sanjay Maggirwar.





Sal Pena, an MD/PhD student in the lab of Dr. Keith Nehrke, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health NRSA F31 Fellowship. This Fellowship will support the remainder of Sal's graduate studies as well as his thesis project "Hypoxia and the Mitochondrial Unfolded Protein Response."






Allison Light presented a talk at the Endocrine Society's 96th Annual Meeting and Expo held in Chicago, IL in June2013. "LH Upregulates

Amphiregulin and Epiregulin Transcription to Direct MMP-Mediated Ovarian Steroid Production."

Allison is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Stephen Hammes.



Jenna Frame, a graduate student in the lab of Dr. James Palis, has been awarded a New Yorkjenna State Stem Cell (NYSTEM) pre-doctoral fellowship. This fellowship will support her research on the emergence and potential of hemogenic endothelium in the mammalian embryo.

Jenna has also received a 2013 Abstract Achievement Award from the American Society for Hematology. She presented a poster entitled “Temporal-Spatial mapping of Hematopoietic Progenitors in the Embryo Reveals a Differentially Regulated Program of Endothelial-to –Hematopoietic Transition in the Yolk Sac” at the 55th American Society for Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, LADecember 2013.


Hsi-Min Jim HsiaoHsi-Min Jim Hsiao , a graduate student in the lab of Drs. Patricia Sime and Richard Phipps, will give a podium talk entitled, Resolvin D1 Inhibits Cigarette Smoke-Induced Emphysema in Mice at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference in Philadelphia, PA, May 21, 2013.





Jonathan CherrySpace Travel is Harmful to the Brain

Jonathan Cherry, a graduate student in the laboratory of Drs. O’Banion and Olschowka, is the first author of a paper showing that cosmic radiation – which would bombard astronauts on deep space missions to places like Mars – could accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease:

Galactic Cosmic Radiation Leads to Cognitive Impairment and Increased Aβ Plaque Accumulation in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

Jonathan D. Cherry, Bin Liu, Jeffrey L. Frost, Cynthia A. Lemere, Jacqueline P. Williams, John A. Olschowka, M. Kerry O'Banion.



I-Hsin Fiona Kuo, a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Lisa Beck, was selected to I-Hsin Fiona Kuoreceive a Domestic In-Training FITs/PhD Post DocFITs Travel Scholarship for the 2013 American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, February 22-26, 2013.. She will present a poster entitled, T helper cytokines (Th1,Th2 and Th17) differentially regulate the epidermal tight junction barrier.




Tristan NicholsonTristan Nicholson, an MD/PhD student in Dr. William Ricke's lab, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health NRSA F30 individual predctoral MD/PhD fellowship. This felloship, which will cover the remainder of her graduate and medical educations, will support her thesis project focused on estrogen receptors in benigh prostatic hyperplasia. Tristan also received a travel award and gave a podium presentation, Early Decreased Uroflow, Bladder Enlargement and Prostate Growth in Male Mice Treated with Testosterone and 17-beta Estradiol at the Society for Basic Urologic Research Annual meeting in Miami Beach, FL, November 15-18, 2012.




Amali Epa

Amali Epa won a poster award at the Gordon Research Conference on Transglutaminases in Human Disease Process, July 15 - 20, 2012, Davidson, NC. The poster was entitled: Role of Epithelial Tissue Transglutaminase in the Development of Pulmonary Fibrosis. Amali is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Patricia Sime.


cuicui wang



Cuicui Wang won an American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Young Investigator Travel Grant. She will have a plenary poster presentation of her work, Manipulating the Notch Pathway to Accelerate Fracture Repair at the ASBMR Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, October 11-15, 2012. Cuicui is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Matthew Hilton.


Hsing-Yu Warner Chen




Hsing-Yu Chen, advisor Dr. Mark Noble, won the GSS Merit Award (HHMI Award of Excellence) 2012 for his poster, Restoration of c-Cbl Function, by Inhibiting Cdc42, Confers Tamoxifen Sensitivity on Basal-like (Triple Negative) Breast Cancer Cells, April 20, 2012.






Benjamin Plog

Scientists Discover Previously Unknown Cleansing System in Brain

Benjamin Plog, an MD/PhD student in Dr. Maiken Nedergaard’s lab, is a co-author of a fascinating paper just published in Science Translational Medicine which reports the discovery of a previously unrecognized ‘glymphatic system’ that drains waste from the brain:

A Paravascular Pathway Facilitates CSF Flow Through the Brain Parenchyma and the Clearance of Interstitial Solutes, Including Amyloid β

Jeffrey J. Iliff, Minghuan Wang, Younghong Liao, Benjamin A. Plog, Weiguo Peng, Georg A. Gundersen, Helene Benveniste, G. Edward Vates, Rashid Deane, Steven A. Goldman, Erlend A. Nagelhus, and Maiken Nedergaard



Best Grad Schools

US News & World Report’s annual ranking of the nation’s best graduate schools was released earlier today, giving the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry a noticeable boost. Among the best research medical schools, Rochester scored #29, its highest ranking since 2002. In the primary care schools category, the University of Rochester was listed as the #15 best medical school, up slightly from last year. The rankings are widely used by college students when choosing medical schools which to apply.

Both scores were aided by improvements in the school’s selectivity as it accepts students with higher grade point averages in their undergraduate studies and better performance on medical school entrance exams. Among research schools, the University of Rochester also outpaced more schools in research funding than it did in last year’s ranking.




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