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Congratulations to Our Two New Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UR CTSI) Trainee Pilot Awardees

September 8, 2020

Trainee Pilot awardee Alan Brooks, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiology fellow mentored by Eric Small, Ph.D.Jeffrey Alexis, M.D., and Ilan Goldenberg, M.D., will tap into URMC’s heart tissue bank to compare gene expression in hearts from left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients who developed right heart failure and those who did not. Through this comparison, Brooks hopes to discover biomarkers and develop a diagnostic test to predict which patients will develop right heart failure if they receive an LVAD.

Trainee Pilot awardee Carlos Diaz-Balzac, M.D., Ph.D., an endocrinology fellow mentored by Douglas Portman, Ph.D., aims to better understand the genetic mutations that disrupt normal brain function and cause intellectual disabilities. Using the nematode C. elegans as a model, he will study genetic mutations of a transcription factor known to cause intellectual disabilities. "The award will help support my training in transcriptomics, allowing me to undertake a novel approach using C. elegans to study the molecular mechanisms underlying intellectual disabilities," said Diaz-Balzac. "It will support course work, experimental work, and presenting at national meetings, allowing me to gain expertise in the latest cutting-edge technology in the field. It will also help me gather high quality preliminary data to submit a competitive Career Development Award to help me transition to an independent investigator position."

Rachael Rowswell-Turner Receives W.G. Stuber Fellowship

June 20, 2019

Rachael Rowswell-Turner, M.D., Ph.D. has been selected to receive the W.G. Stuber Fellowship for 2019-2020. The William G. Stuber fund was established in 1984 through a gift to the University of Rochester by Marjorie (Mrs. Merritt) Cleveland and her brother, W. James Stuber, in memory of their father, a former chairman of the board, Eastman Kodak Company. The fund provides support annually to an outstanding young faculty member in recognition of unusual promise for valuable contributions in an academic career.