The USU’s Board of Regents has endorsed the selection of Dr. Sarah Thibault-Sennett (a former Ph. D student in the Petukhova lab and currently a postdoc in the Cox lab) to receive the University’s Graduate Student Board of Regents Award for 2018. A Board of Regents Award is the highest honor a graduating USU student can receive. The recipient must achieve a record of superior academic performance and professional excellence in his or her program while demonstrating a strong commitment to serving fellow students and the larger community through personal service and leadership.
Jeremy Rotty, a cell biologist (from Univ. North Carolina) who uses the cytoskeleton to gain insight into immune cell migration, has joined our department as a tenure-track Assistant Professor (Dec. 11, 2017). Welcome Jeremy!
Yuanyi Feng, a developmental cell biologist (Northwestern Univ.) who studies the mechanism of cerebral cortical neurogenesis, has joined our department as a tenure-track Associate Professor (Nov. 13, 2017). Welcome Yuanyi!
Sarah Thibault (Petukhova lab) defended her Ph.D. thesis “The Molecular Mechanism of PRDM9 during Meiosis in mouse” (Oct. 25, 2017). Congratulations Sarah!
Teresa Dunn was awarded a 5-year grant from the collaborative Health Initiative Research program (CHIRP) (a precision-medicine-based collaborative effort between the NIH and DoD) to study the connection between sphingolipid biosynthesis and human asthma (2017).
Xin Xiang won the USUHS 2017 Henry Wu award for excellence in the basic sciences, which recognizes the paper "HookA is a novel dynein–early endosome linker critical for cargo movement in vivo" published in the Journal of Cell Biology in 2014.
Rachel Cox and Xin Xiang were awarded with Dean’s impact award recognizing excellence in teaching or research (2017).
Saibal Dey won the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine annual faculty teaching award (August 1, 2017). This award was given by the Dean in recognition of outstanding performance as an educator during the preceding academic year.
Xin Xiang was awarded an RO1 grant from the NIH/NIGMS on "Regulation of cytoplasmic dynein in vivo" (May 2017).
Rachel Cox was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure (August 2016). Congratulations to Rachel!
Saibal Dey was awarded with Dean’s impact award recognizing excellence in teaching (2016).
Prasanna Satpute-Krishnan, a cell biologist from the NIH, joined our department as a tenure-track Assistant Professor (June 27, 2016). Welcome Prasanna!
Galina Petukhova was awarded a UO1 grant from the NIH/NIGMS on "Evolution of the homologous recombination mechanisms" (March 2016).
Rachel Cox (PI) and Markos Koutmos (Co-PI) were awarded a grant from the collaborative Health Initiative Research program (CHIRP) (a precision-medicine-based collaborative effort between the NIH and DoD) on "Identifying mitochondrial proteinaceous RNase P mutations linked to hypotension" (March 2016).
Markos Koutmos (PI) and Rachel Cox (Co-PI) were awarded an RO1 grant from NIH/NIGMS on "Structural and functional basis for protein-based eukaryotic RNA processing" (Feb. 2016).
Rachel Cox was awarded with Dean’s impact award recognizing excellence in research (2015).
Aditya Sen et al (Cox lab) published in Disease Models and Mechanisms their finding that the protein Clueless physically and genetically interacts with the Parkin-PINK1 mitophagy pathway (June, 2015). This work was featured on the journal's cover(link is external).
Rachel Cox was awarded an R21 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) entitled "Elucidating the mechanism of mitochondrial quality control in Drosophila" (March 2015).
Teresa Dunn obtained the R21 grant "Orm protein regulation of sphingolipid biosynthesis in yeast and mammals" from NICHD/NIH (April 2014)
Xuanli (Lia) Yao (Xiang lab) et al. published in Mol. Biol. Cell (MBoC) "FHIP and FTS proteins are critical for dynein-mediated transport of early endosomes in Aspergillus", and the paper is highlighted by MBoC (July 15, 2014)
Jun Zhang, Rongde Qiu (Xiang lab) et al published in the Journal of Cell Biology (March 17, 2014) their finding of a protein that links dynein to early endosomes. The results are highlighted by JCB(link is external).
Galina Petukhova won the USUHS 2013 Henry Wu award for excellence in the basic sciences, which recognizes her recent work "PRDM9 directs genetic recombination away from functional genomic elements" published in Nature.
Markos Koutmos was awarded the Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association (National Center) on "B12-dependent enzymes and B12-transport proteins in homocysteine metabolism".