Faculty KUDOS: Exciting news, grants, presentations off-campus

Faculty KUDOS: Exciting news, grants, presentations off-campus

NEWEST: Maki Inada's research is in print; Andy Smith Invited to Present in Germany; Heidi Hopkins is an Invited Speaker at International Conference; Maki Inada presents in Kyoto, Japan!; Jean received a NIH Grant!; Te-Wen Lo Inducted into Sigma Xi; Maki Inada has been promoted and recognized!; Dave Gondek is featured on the first page of the Ithaca Journal

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"Students aid gene research study".  The Ithacan. December 1, 2016

"New Gene Expression Research Could Have Implications for Aging" IC News. 1/11/17.


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Andy Smith. Invited Speaker. "Terrestrial slug glue: gaining toughness through a double network mechanism". 2016 Beilstein Nanotechnology Symposium, "Biological and Bioinspired Adhesion: from Macro- to Nanoscale".  Potsdam, Germany. September 2016. View the abstract here.

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“A species-rich genus of “desert” cockroaches and some factors contributing to species niche.” Resource Management and Biodiversity in Cockroach and Termite Lineages: Exploring the Common Ground in their Nutrition, Biodiversity and Systematics. International Conference of Entomologists.  Orlando, FL. September 2016.

View the abstract here.


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Maki Inada. Poster Presentation. “Serine Phosphorylation in the C-Terminal Domain of RNA Polymerase II Modulates Gene Expression in Sub-telomeric Regions of Schizosaccharomyces pombe via Chromatin States”. Eukaryotic mRNA Processing Meeting. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Kyoto, Japan. Summer 2016. Co-authored with Robert J. Nichols (Biochemistry '14), Jahan-Yar Parsa and Christina M. Home (University of California, Berkeley),  Ruby A. Benn and Reyal S. Hoxie (Biochemistry ’15),  Hiten D. Madhani and Stewart Schuman (University of California, San Francisco), Beate Schwer (Weill Cornell Medical College),  Jeffrey A. Pleiss (Cornell University).

View the abstract here.

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Jean was a awarded a 3 year research grant (~$365,000) from the National Institute of Health!

It will be used to support her research on the role of neuropeptides in the remodeling of the cardiac nervous system with heart disease.  Jean and her students are examining the changes induced by chronic heart disease in an animal model of myocardial infarction (or a heart attack) to determine how specific signaling molecules are changing and whether these changes are contributing to the pathology of the disease, or acting to improve cardiac function.  The NIH grant, which will begin later this summer, will allow the lab to purchase new equipment for sophisticated electrical recordings from neurons, as well as funding student research opportunities during the summers.


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