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Andrew Wojtovich is the University’s Student Supervisor of the Year

Friday, May 7, 2021



Andrew Wojtovich, an assistant professor of anesthesiology, pharmacology, and physiology, is the University’s Student Supervisor of the Year. The award is selected by a committee of students and staff members and goes to a person who integrates students into their roles, provides guidance and mentoring, and supports the University’s Vision and Values.

Congrats Andrew!

Hocking and Lueck Receive EDI Medicines Discovery Awards

Thursday, April 29, 2021


Dr. Denise Hocking


Dr. John Lueck

The Empire Discovery Institute (EDI), a non-profit New York drug discovery and development accelerator involving a partnership between the University of Rochester, the University at Buffalo, and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, was created to transform academic discoveries into new medicines for commercialization. The EDI is supported by >$100 million in funds from both Empire State Development and Deerfield Management Company, a healthcare investment firm.

In the inaugural year of EDI’s Medicines Discovery Award Program, Drs. Denise Hocking and John Lueck each received awards to support their innovative research programs in drug development. Dr. Hocking’s award will support her work support her work in advancing the use of a novel chimeric fibronectin protein for wound healing. Dr. Lueck’s award will support his research program’s efforts to develop and test engineered tRNAs to treat a wide range of genetic diseases resulting from nonsense mutations.

Additional information of the EDI and the Medicines Discovery Award program can be found using the following link:

Tyrone Nieves Awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Friday, March 26, 2021

Tyrone Nieves was awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Foundation provides scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Tyrone was selected to represent the University and was one of 410 college students from across the United States awarded the scholarship. Congratulations Tyrone!

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Matthew Rook Wins Poster Award at 2021 Biophysical Society Meeting

Thursday, February 25, 2021


Matthew Rook

Congratulations to Matthew Rook, PhD candidate (MacLean Lab), for winning a poster award at the 2021 Biophysical Society Meeting! Matt received this Student Research Achievement Award in the Channels, Receptors and Transporters category for his poster entitled “ASIC activation mechanisms delineated through genetic code expansion”.  Matt’s work uses genetic code expansion techniques along with flow cytometry, patch clamp and UV-photocrosslinking to trap these channels in specific conformations in order to understand how these receptors journey from resting to active states.

Congrats Matt!  

Melinda Vander Horst awarded 1st place in the Student Paper Competition at the 179th Annual Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America

Friday, February 19, 2021

Melinda photo

Melinda Vander Horst

Melinda Vander Horst (graduate student-in-residence; BME) was awarded 1st place in the Student Paper Competition (Biomedical Acoustics) at the 179th Annual Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Her paper, entitled “Time and Dose-dependent Effects of Pulsed Ultrasound on Dermal Wound Repair in Diabetic Mice” was recently accepted for publication in the journal, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, with co-authors Carol Raeman, Diane Dalecki and Denise Hocking.

Congrats Melinda!

Miriam Barnett chosen to be a 2021 ASPET Washington Fellow

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Miriam Barnett

Miriam Barnett, a Pharmacology graduate student in Dr. Jean Bidlack’s lab, was chosen to be a 2021 American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Washington Fellow. The mission of the ASPET Washington Fellows Program is to enable developing and early career scientists interested in science policy to learn about and become more engaged in public policy issues. Miriam’s selection was based on her strong interest in science and its intersection with public policy. As an ASPET Washington Fellow, Miriam will meet with congressional representatives and staff to advocate for the importance of biomedical research.