Dr. Vincent Sollars serves as guest editor of an ebook on epigenetics with Genetics Research International

Cover image (links to full cover): The Role of Epigenetics in Evlotion

Dr. Vincent E. Sollars of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program recently served as the guest editor of an ebook for Genetics Research International. The ebook is entitled The Role of Epigenetics in Evolution: The Extended Synthesis.

The purpose of the publication is to provide discourse on the ways in which epigenetics, or non-sequence-based changes in DNA, can be incorporated into evolutionary theory.  According to Dr. Sollars, “The traditional dogma of mutational change, leveraged by natural selection, leaves out the advancing field of epigenetics.  This book will assist in incorporating those ideas into evolutionary theory.”

Dr. Sollars is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He researches within two research clusters: Cancer Biology and Infectious and Immunological Diseases.

Genetics Research International publishes articles covering many diverse areas of genetics. It is an open access, peer-reviewed journal featuring review articles, research articles, and clinical studies. The intended audience for this ebook includes researchers in the field of epigenetics and/or evolution.

Digital copies and hard copies can be procured online via the publisher, Hindawi, at the following link:

http://www.hindawi.com/journals/gri/2012/286164/ 

BMS Graduate Program announces launch of new publication

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Publication CoverThe Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is proud to announce the launch of the inaugural issue of its new publication: We Are…Bridging Medicine and Science. The publication is the brainchild of Richard M. Niles, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research for the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. The goal of the new magazine is to provide news and information for and about faculty members, students, staff, alumni, and friends of the program. The magazine will be published annually and will provide both highlights and in-depth feature articles about the BMS  program.

Miranda Carper, a current Ph.D. candidate in the BMS program, conceived of the title for the new magazine as part of a contest among the graduate students. According to Dr. Niles, “The play on the initials for our ‘BMS’ program conveys the essence of our mission—research and graduate training that will lead to improved treatment of disease.” He also credits Diana Maue and her graduate assistant with taking the lead on turning this concept into reality. Dr. Niles thanks Diana for her role with the following tribute in the publication: “I would like to thank Diana. This assignment was loaded onto [her] already demanding workload of recruiting students for our BMS program and managing the Summer Research Internship for Minority Students program.”

Although the students and faculty of the BMS program are intimately involved with its research and accomplishments, Dr. Niles felt that members of the community and even some clinical and non-medical school faculty were often not aware of our program and its achievements. The magazine seeks to inform alumni, members of the Marshall University community, greater Huntington community leaders, and state and federal policymakers about our program and its accomplishments. It will also recognize the achievements of BMS faculty and students and serve as a recruitment tool. Dr. Niles encourages anyone with questions, comments or suggestions related to the magazine or our program to contact him at niles@marshall.edu.

The magazine can be read and downloaded at the following link: http://www.marshall.edu/bms/files/2012/08/wearebms.pdf. We hope you read and enjoy! 

Dr. Vincent Sollars appointed review editor for “Frontiers in Epigenomics”

Vincent Sollars, Ph.D.

Dr. Vincent E. Sollars of the Marshall University Biomedical Sciences Program has been appointed a permanent review editor for Frontiers in Epigenomics, a Specialty Section of the Frontiers Journal Series. Frontiers publishes an array of open-access and interdisciplinary online scholarly journals, seeking to provide the latest academic updates to scholars while exposing the greater public to scientific breakthroughs through its tiered publishing system.

According to its website, this Specialty Section “aims to publish innovative research from observational, clinical, and basic science on all aspects of epigenomics.” The associate and review editors for the Specialty Section are responsible for processing all articles submitted directly to it for publication. This appointment is an honor for Dr. Sollars, as Frontiers boasts that its review editors are “some of the world’s best academicians.”

Congratulations, Dr. Sollars! To learn more about Frontiers in Epigenomics, navigate to: http://www.frontiersin.org/epigenomics.