New publication for Shapiro’s lab

Yanling Yan, PhD, is the first author, along with the Dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Joseph I. Shapiro, MD, FAHA, FACP, FASN, on a recent publication in Current Opinion in Pharmacology. Their research focuses on the Na/K-ATPase enzyme.Yanling-Yan According to Yan, “The Na/K-ATPase enzyme is commonly referred to as the sodium pump because it pumps sodium out of cells. This pumping process is vital to controlling normal functions of most cells. Besides this pumping function, our group has discovered that the sodium pump also regulates signal transduction and oxidant amplification. This review focuses on the recently discovered oxidant amplification function of the Na/K-ATPase in cardiovascular diseases. Exploitation of this understanding could open up a new therapeutic target for the many clinical conditions characterized by oxidant stress.

Dr.Yan has worked with Dr. Shapiro while obtaining her PhD and then for post-doctoral work. She has been at Marshall for about eight years and was recently promoted to Assistant Professor.

See the full article: The physiological and clinical importance of sodium potassium ATPase in cardiovascular disease.

Game night fun!

Students from the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) graduate programs and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, recently gathered at the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center to enjoy an evening of appetizers and games.

Each semester, the two groups come together for a mixer to encourage networking and the development of a peer group across both clinical and research areas.

Several folks participated in a spirited game of Cranium.


Teams answered trivia questions and identified objects through drawing (sometimes with their eyes closed!) and sculpting with Play-doh. The BMS students congratulate,sadly (only kidding, of course), the winning team of medical students.

Research in Progress Conference Series

Shrikant Anant, PhD, will be the next guest speaker for this conference series, presenting Stem, the root cause of Cancer: Tales from the Crypt. Anant,-Shrikant Dr. Anant, a pioneering biologist, joined The University of Kansas Cancer Center in July 2010. He is the associate director of Cancer Prevention and Control.

Prior to coming to The University of Kansas Cancer Center, Dr. Anant led the gastrointestinal cancers program at the University of Oklahoma Cancer Institute. A professor of cell biology, medicine/gastroenterology and nutrition, he was also director of gastroenterology research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Anant led a team of researchers who discovered a new gene, RBM3, which can cause normal cells to turn into cancer cells; also, stopping RBM3’s expression in cancer cells causes the cancer cells to die. Earlier, while on the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, he discovered the first tumor-suppressing RNA-binding protein.

“Dr. Anant comes to us with an outstanding national reputation in gastrointestinal cancer research, particularly as it relates to cancer prevention,” says Roy A. Jensen, MD, director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center. “His research spans a wide range of activities – from understanding molecular biology questions to determining the mechanisms of action for certain natural products and their role in cancer prevention.”

“There’s a lot of excitement here,” Dr. Anant says of The University of Kansas Cancer Center. “The university is putting in the resources to develop high-powered teams of researchers to identify methods to stop cancer development and treat cancers. They are also interested in preventing cancers. My task is partly to lead a team of scientists in this effort.”

He will also serve as Associate Dean for Research at the University of Kansas Medical Center and as Kansas Mason Professor of Cancer Research in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, with a secondary appointment to the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology. He is also a KBA Eminent Scholar.

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BMS Medical Sciences student success

Preeya Shah is a recent graduate from the Biomedical Sciences MS with an emphasis in Medical Sciences program, and will be starting her first year at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Fall, 2016. Her time since graduation has been well spent and has resulted in several publications.Shaw,-Preeya

Ms. Shah is first author on Dashing away hypertension: Evaluating the efficacy of the dietary approaches to stop hypertension diet in controlling
high blood pressure, published in the November 23, 2015 edition of the World Journal of Hypertention. See for the full article.

Most recently, Ms. Shah’s work has been featured in the Marshall Journal of Medicine.  View for Why Does Obesity Lead to Hypertension? Further Lessons from the Intersalt Study.

Congratulations on your success, Preeya!

BMS faculty members receive grants

Congratulations to Biomedical Science Faculty Donald Primerano, PhD; Piyali Dasgupta, PhD; James Denvir, PhD.; Richard Egleton, PhD; and Elaine Hardman, PhD!

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They have all been awared project grants for translational research sponsored by Marshall and West Virginia University’s Health Grants Program.

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See the full story here

A special project supported by a special program

Prior to the holidays, the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) solicited donations of toys, games, and other kid-related items from the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) family.  This yearly event, “The Jared Box Project” is a nation-wide mission to improve the lives of hospitalized children by providing opportunities to play. Once the offerings were collected, the GSO wrapped and delivered the gifts to children, from newborn to 18 years old, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

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This year’s delivery team included Rachel Murphy, PhD Candidate and GSO President; Rabia Ahmed (Taha’s sister); Taha Ahmed, PhD Candidate; Debbie Amos, PhD student and GSO Vice President; and Kristeena Wright, PhD Candidate.

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It is hard to say who had a better time, those getting the gifts or those who were able to share them!

Ms. Murphy extended a “big THANK YOU” to everyone who donated toys or cash to this great project.”

Bluefield State College science students introduced to Biomedical Sciences program

Students from Bluefield State College (BSC) recently visited the Byrd Biotechnology Science Center (BBSC) to learn more about the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program.


Seven bright and engaged students in the BSC Biomedical Club received an overview of the graduate degrees including the newly added Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS), the Transforming Interdisciplinary Graduate Research and Education (TIGRE) program goals, and the Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) from Co-Director of Graduate Studies, Richard Egleton, PhD, and Diana Maue, Graduate Recruitment and Communication Coordinator.

The Bluefield group was also able to meet with BMS graduate students to hear “the inside scoop,” and tour the BBSC core facilities with special stops at the Genomic facility with Donald Primerano, PhD, and the Molecular and Biological Imaging Center to hear from David Neff, MS.

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James Walters, PhD, Assistant Professor at BSC, has brought his best students for this introduction to Marshall University for the past couple of years.  Walters is mentored by Nalini Santanam, PhD, MPH, FAHA, through West Virginia Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE).