Undergraduate research funds, SURE!

Michael Louis Norton, Ph.D.Michael Norton, PhD, Director of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) at Marshall has announced that 11 undergraduates have been selected for research fellowships this summer.

Among the recipients is Amber Bryant who participated in the West Virginia Idea Network for Bipiyali_dasguptaomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) undergraduate research internship last summer.  She will continue her work with Sandrine Pierre, PhD, in the Marshall Institute of Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR) labs.  Austin Akers, in the lab of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Associate Professor Piyali Dasgupta, PhD, will conduct research on the Anti-metastatic Activity of Capsaicin in Lung Cancer.  Additionally, BMS faculty Komal Sodhi, MD, will mentor SURE awardee, Hari Vishal Lankhani.

For further information, please see: http://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/2016/05/16/eleven-mu-students-to-receive-sure-fellowship/

Preparing early for medical school

Subha Arthur, PhD, Assistant Professor, will be overseeing a grant from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation which will focus on obesity-related research.

LakshmiSundaram_SubhaArthur1The recipient of the $2,500 award, Hurricane High School Sophomore, Lakshmi Sundaram, will work on this project during the summer. Ms. Sundaram will have the opportunity to present the results at the AGA meeting in Chicago.

Please see http://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/2016/05/04/marshall-school-of-medicine-researcher-sponsors-hurricane-high-school-student-for-project/ for further details.

2016 Bioscience Summit

The 2016 West Virginia Bioscience Summit at Marshall University recently brought together a variety of state and local businesses and institutions to consider the bioscience industry in the area. There were poster presentations, policy discussions, and a number of speakers including Marshall President, Dr. Jerome Gilbert; MU Vice President for Research, Dr. John Mayer; and Dr. Hongwei Yu, Biomedical Sciences Program (BMS) and Progenesis Technologies.  Many of the participants expressed concerns about the availability of funding for this important research.

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For further information, please see: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/bioscience-summit-brings-together-tech-present-future/article_297b9eff-89b3-5459-95ae-3c2f7c50ec36.html and http://www.statejournal.com/story/31829948/2016-bioscience-summit-warned-state-research-dollars-drying-up

Experimental Biology Meeting final results

Rachel Murphy, PhD candidate, and Gary Rankin, PhD, recently attended the Experimental Biology (EB) Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Ms. Murphy was a recipient of the 2016 American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Graduate Student Travel Award. She also placed third in the Division of Toxicology Best Poster Presentation competition for her poster entitled Anti-viral Agent Tenofovir Induces Oxidative Stress and Apoptosis in HK-2 Cells.ExperBioMeet_MurphyR

Dr. Rankin received a plaque for his service as Chair of the Division of Toxicology. ExperBioMeet_RankinGHe noted “The Experimental Biology meeting is one of the largest biomedical scientific meetings in the United States and attracts scientists from all over the world. Several Marshall faculty and students attend this meeting each year to present their research findings and learn the latest information about research in their area. This year one of our students Rachel Murphy was awarded a travel award by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, which is an honor and speaks to the quality of her research.”

Marshall University was well represented at the EB Meeting with presentation and travel award winners, faculty panel chairs, faculty honorees, and other BMS attendees.



3rd International Food Festival was a success!



The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) again hosted one of their most anticipated events: International Food Festival. This fundraiser helps to provide the money needed for the GSO’s yearly student scholarships.

This year, there were foods representing Italy, Nepal, Mexico, US regional favorites and many more. Spaghetti and meatballs, curried couscous, and tabbouleh salad all fought for space on plates along with tiramisu and chocolate cake.


Students and faculty enjoy the food at the International Food Festiva

Jamie Friedman, PhD Student, brought beef brisket made with her mother’s recipe and said that she really enjoyed sharing it with others. One happy participant declared, “This food is really amazing!”

Ahmad_Taha“Not only is this a good moneymaker but it is a great chance for everyone in the Byrd Biotechnology Science Center (BBSC) to get to know each other better, learn about the cultural heritage and traditions of our peers through their food,  and gain an appreciation of the diversity in the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) program,” stated Taha Ahmad, PhD Candidate.

If you missed this fantastic event, make sure to mark your calendar for next year!




Heart Walk!

American Heart Association logo 1.8.15The American Heart Association Heart Walk is Saturday, April 16 at Ritter Park. Kevin Pauley, communications director for the West Virginia American Heart Association, said the funds from the walk will go toward research which is being done in the state at facilities like Marshall University. Several Biomedical Science labs focus on research in cardiovascular disease and related issues, and the American Heart Association sponsors five undergraduate summer interns for projects relating to cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Enjoy a beautiful day and a fun walk!

For further details please see: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/heart-walk-planned-for-saturday/article_dcd269f2-3ca9-548a-b431-5fdab6545cd7.html

Travelin’ Man

Chris Racine, PhD candidate, attended the 55th Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT), held in New Orleans, where he presented a poster entitled “In vitro renal cytotoxicity induced by putative metabolites of 3,5-dichloroaniline”. Racine explained, “The study looked at possible metabolites that are formed by the kidney after being exposed to 3,5-dichloroaniline (3,5-DCA). 3,5-DCA is a commonly used chemical intermediated used to make a number of pharmaceutical and agricultural compounds. Previous work has suggested that 3,5-DCA is toxic to the kidney and that some of the damage is because of the kidneys ability to metabolize or change 3,5-DCA into different more toxic compounds. This work is important in order to gain a better understanding of the kidney’s role in metabolism.” Racine conducts his research in the lab of his mentor, Gary Rankin, PhD.



Mr. Racine also traveled to his alma mater, Davis and Elkins College, to meet and encourage excellent undergraduate students to consider Marshall for their graduate education. During his talk, loosely entitled: “How I got here,” Racine was able to connect with about 15 students and two to three faculty members. Diana Maue, Graduate Recruiter said “Chris has great presentation skills, and I am happy to have him represent the BMS program at his old stomping grounds.”