Support for diabetes and cancer research

zimmermanLocal resident, Mary Jean Zimmerman, has left an estate gift to support research on cancer and diabetes.  The money will be added to an endowed research fund for studies and clinical trials that are already in place to find connections between diabetes, metabolic disease and cancer.

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Biomedical Research Program Welcomes 17 Interns


Summer Interns on a walking tour of Huntington

Orientation started this week for undergraduate students with internships in the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) laboratories and included lunch with mentors, tours of the campus and the Byrd Biotechnology Science Center. Interns also attended workshops in Biosafety, Chemical and Radiation Safety, a writing workshop and a walking tour of Huntington.

Three different programs selected students to conduct research with BMS Faculty mentors for nine weeks during the summer. The Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) program chose four talented science applicants from across the United States and is funded by the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Several excellent candidates from West Virginia institutions were picked by the West Virginia Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) which is supported by an NIH grant. The American Heart Association Undergraduate Summer Internship Research (AHA-USIR) program selected five outstanding Marshall students interested in cardiovascular research. This program is sponsored by the AHA-Great Lakes Region.

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Summer Interns on a campus tour

Participating students:

Jamika Page, Cheyney University (Dr. Nalini Santanam, mentor)

Fattal Langane, Central State University (Dr. Sandrine Pierre, mentor)

Daniel Rodriguez de Anda, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (Dr. Monica Valentovic, mentor)

Francisco Fernandez, Palomar College (Dr. Jun Han Kim, mentor)

Abha Maskey, West Virginia State University (Dr. Beverly Delidow, mentor)

Nicholas Akins, Davis & Elkins College (Dr. Monica Valentovic, mentor)

Claire Shanholtzer, West Virginia State University (Dr. Gary Rankin, mentor)

Evan McClanahan, West Virginia Wesleyan College (Dr. Hongwei Yu, mentor)

Marshall Barbe, Alderson Broaddus University (Dr. Nalini Santanam, mentor)

Samantha Smith, West Virginia Wesleyan College (Dr. Lawrence Grover, mentor)

Kaden Hudson, University of Charleston (Dr. Richard Egleton, mentor)

Madison Jennings, University of Charleston (Dr. Travis Salisbury, mentor)

Shaun Chaffins, Marshall University (Dr. Subha Arthur, mentor)

Mason Dial, Marshall University (Dr. Monica Valentovic, mentor)

Emily Guthoerl, Marshall University (Dr. Nalini Santanam, mentor)

Austin Richardson, Marshall University (Dr. Emine Koc, mentor)

Dana Sharma, Marshall University (Dr. Richard Egleton, mentor)

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.

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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.

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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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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!