Wei Xu receives Romnes Fellowship(added 5/16)
Wei Xu, Ph.D., Professor of Oncology, is among 12 professors to receive a Romnes Faculty Fellowship.
McArdle Professors Alexander, Burgess, and Sugden featured in the October issue of Madison Magazine(added 09/14) View the online article here
Internal Structure of Hepatitis B Revealed for First Time(added 07/14)
Dan Loeb, Professor of Oncology at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, and Adam Zlotnick, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at Indiana University, have come up with a picture of a virus that infects millions of people worldwide and kills many in the Third World. This advance marks a signficant leap forward in understanding how the virus replicates and how to stop it from doing so.View the Press Release
Robert Kalejta Receives Grant from Avon Foundation(added 06/14)
Robert Kalejta, Associate Professor of Molecular Virology and Oncology, and his postdoc, Che Liu, recently received a $200,000 grant from the Avon Foundation to study the role of human cytomegalovirus in breast cancer. Che attended the Avon Walk event in Chicago (see photos below).View the Press Release
Nate Sherer Selected as Recipient of the Shaw Scholars Award(added 06/14)
Nathan M. Sherer, Assistant Professor of Molecular Virology and Oncology, received a $200,000 grant through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's competitive Shaw Scientist Program.
Cancer Biology Graduate Student, Laurel Lorenz, receives 2014 Graduate Student Peer Mentor Award(added 05/14)
Congratulations to Laurel Lorenz, a Cancer Biology graduate student in the Lambert laboratory and awardee of the 2014 Graduate Student Peer Mentor Award! The Graduate Peer Mentor awards provide students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to nominate a graduate student who has exemplified stellar mentorship to undergraduate and/or graduate students in their departments. Students are nominated based on qualities such as willingness to share knowledge, skills and expertise, providing guidance and constructive feedback, personal interest in the mentoring relationship, valuing opinions and initiatives of others, and motivating mentees through setting a good example. Mentors are nominated through an individual or group of individuals from their department and are selected by a review committee. A reception and awards ceremony was held on April 23 in honor of the award recipients to celebrate their accomplishments! Keynote speaker Caitilyn Allen, Professor and Chair of Plant Pathology, presented on the importance of graduate student mentoring.
Learn more about the Peer Mentor Awards here.
Meet Our Researchers: Robert Kalejta - An Evolutionary Chess Match(added 05/14)
Rob Kalejta, Associate Professor of Molecular Virology and Oncology, is featured in the current "Meet Our Researchers" on the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health website.
View the article/video
Two Cancer Biology Trainers, Dr. David Beebe and Dr. Ronald Raines, appointed to Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Named Professorships(added 04/14)
David Beebe, PhD, Claude Bernard Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Ronald Raines, PhD, Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Biology, have been appointed to WARF Professorships.
Read more about the WARF named professorships here
Bill Sugden and colleagues use astronomy to follow cancer-causing virus(added 02/14)
Bill Sugden, PhD, James A. Miller Professor of Oncology and American Cancer Society Research Professor, and colleagues at the McArdle Laboratory are using astronomy to follow a cancer-causing virus.
Read more about this exciting research here
Shigeki Miyamoto Named Recipient of Kellett Mid-Career Award
Shigeki Miyamoto, PhD, Professor of Oncology, has been named a recipient of the Kellett Mid-Career Award for 2014. Congratulations to Shigeki on this well deserved honor!
First Year Cancer Biology Students Join New Labs
Congratulations to the Cancer Biology students, Class of 2013, for joining their new labs! Click here to find out more about the first year students, how they're enjoying Madison so far, and which lab they joined.
Prostate Cancer Research Boosted by $1 Million Grant
A University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center research team developing a blood test for men with prostate cancer has received a two-year, $1 million award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). The award received by Drs. Joshua Lang, David Beebe and Justine Bruce will fund a multi-site clinical trial on the blood test that captures and isolates circulating tumor cells (CTC). Shed from solid tumors, CTCs enter the bloodstream and may be one cause of metastatic cancer.
Dr. Jing Zhang receives Scholar Award
Jing Zhang, Associate Professor of Oncology in the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, has been granted a Scholar Award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). This award, part of the Career Development Program at LLS, provides a five-year stipend for junior faculty involved in fundamental basic, clinical, and translational research relevant to treatment or diagnosis of leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Dr. Zhang's research will focus on use of a novel mouse model generated in her lab, to test how activation of the MEK/ERK pathway to different degrees differentially affects blood stem cell functions, and whether hyperactivation of this pathway is a leading cause of leukemias. Her results will not only provide insights into basic mechanisms of leukemias but also could potentially lead to a potent and efficacious novel therapy for treating dysregulated Ras signaling-associated leukemias and preventing their further transformation.
Dr. Elaine Alarid receives Vilas Associate Award
Elaine Alarid, Associate Professor of Oncology, was named a recipient of the Vilas Associates Award for 2013-2014. This competition recognizes new and ongoing research of the highest quality and significance. The award provides salary support as well as research funding. Professor Alarid's research is focused on elucidating the mechanisms through which estrogens contribute to breast cancer.
Jaye Gardiner and Jordan Becker receive 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Congratulations to Cancer Biology graduate students, Jaye Gardiner and Jordan Becker (Nate Sherer lab), for receiving the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. This fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching.
Dr. Wei Xu Awarded 2013 SOT Achievement Award
Wei Xu, Associate Professor of Oncology, was awarded the 2013 SOT Achievement Award. This award is presented to a member of the Society of Toxicology who has made significant contributions to toxicology. This award consists of a plaque that is presented at the SOT Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony and a cash stipend.
Dr. Caroline Alexander: Breaking Down Tumor Behavior
If all tumor formation and growth were the same, then all treatments could be the same. Patient outcomes would be predictable and, in a perfect world, successful. But all tumors are not alike. They respond differently to their environments and to treatment options.
Attending physicians and drug manufacturers rely on the work of researchers like Dr. Caroline Alexander, Associate Professor of Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, to discover how tumor tissues behave and what therapies are most effective.
Dr. Alan Rapraeger: Solving the Cancer Puzzle
To many, how cancer manifests itself in the body, what went wrong as those first few errant cells divided, and what can be done to stop cancer’s dangerous migration through the body is an unsolved puzzle. But some people just can’t let puzzles sit unfinished. From Sunday crosswords to carcinomas, Alan Rapraeger, PhD, has been tackling puzzles his whole life.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve loved solving puzzles. I still love it, so here in the research environment, my challenge is to solve puzzles about what a tumor cell is doing and what makes it different from a normal cell,” says Rapraeger, Professor of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “If we can figure out what that is, we can target it with a therapeutic and cure cancer.”
Burkard Lab: New Form of Cell Division Found
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center have discovered a new form of cell division in human cells. They believe it serves as a natural back-up mechanism during faulty cell division, preventing some cells from going down a path that can lead to cancer.
"If we could promote this new form of cell division, which we call klerokinesis, we may be able to prevent some cancers from developing," says lead researcher Dr. Mark Burkard, an Assistant Professor of Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
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Paul Ahlquist Elected to American Association for the Advancement of Science
Paul Ahlquist, Paul J. Kaesberg Professor of Oncology and Molecular Virology, was recently elected a fellow in the Biological Sciences Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was honored for his significant contributions to the area of molecular virology, viral evolution and pathogenesis.
Selection as an AAAS fellow is a high honor conferred by peers in recognition of distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society. The tradition of naming AAAS fellows in honor of their achievements dates to 1874.
New fellows will be recognized February 16 at the Fellows Forum, to be held during the AAAS annual meeting in Boston.