Congratulations to Dr. Paul McNeil for the Lifetime Achievement award and Dr. Meghan McGee-Lawrence for the Emerging Scientist award presented by the AU Research Institute! Our colleagues were honored at the AURI research happy hour on Friday evening, October 20th and what a happy event it was for these distinguished colleagues.
This is fantastic news!
Dr. Zheng Dong, a cell biologist and Regents’ Professor at the Medical College of Georgia, was recognized as the Leon Henri Charbonnier Endowed Chair in Cellular Biology and Anatomy at the 9th annual investiture ceremony.
This is the first endowed chair in our department and is very well deserved recognition for the manifold contributions to kidney research made by Dr. Dong! Dr. Dong received this honor in recognition for his outstanding contributions to research, his sustained extramural funding and his mentorship of post-doctoral fellows, research associates and students during the 15 years on our faculty.
Dr. Jian-Kang Chen was awarded funding by the National Institutes of Health for his proposal, "Mechanisms Underlying the Susceptibility and Severity of Acute Kidney Injury". Congratulations Dr. Chen!
Dr. Mitchell Watsky, dean of the The Graduate School, was recently recognized in in an Augusta University News Release for his research "Too LIttle Vitamin D May Hinder Recovery of Injured Corneas". Congratulations Dr. Watsky!
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Congratulations to Dr. Meghan E. McGee-Lawrence, biomedical engineer, in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy. Dr. Meghan McGee-Lawrence was asked to join the Editorial review board for the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. This is the official journal of the Orthopaedic Research Society and a well-respected journal in the field of Orthopaedics..
As part of the College of Graduate Studies, the Summer STAR (Student Training And Research) Program provides a biomedical research experience for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a graduate education in the biomedical sciences. On June 15th the Cellular Biology & Anatomy Department had an opportunity to lead one of the STAR research workshops highlighting research approaches in CB&A, with a focus on Bone Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Drs. Meghan McGee-Lawrence and Dave Hill led a discussion and laboratory tours with the able assistance of CB&A graduate students (Mackenzie Hagan, Jessica Pierce, & Ahmed Elmansi), Post-doctoral Fellow Dr. Khaled Hussein, and other lab staff. Students toured and experienced equipment/technique demonstrations in Dr. McGee-Lawrence’s lab (Digimus bone densitometry and body composition, exercise studies, bone histomorphometry), the CB&A Electron Microscopy & Histology Core with demonstrations by Donna Kumiski and Libby Perry (electron microscopy and histology techniques, including specialized bone techniques), as well as Core facilities that support their NIH P01 Grant Projects: Dr. Mohammed Elsalanty’s lab (3D bone imaging, biomechanical testing), and the Stem Cell Core run by Dr. Xingming Shi where Dr. Hill’s lab demonstrated culturing stem cells under normoxic and hypoxic conditions.
Major research initiative explores how our bones and muscles age, new ways to block their decline. Our investigators are dissecting just what happens to the stem cells that make the tissues, which help keep us upright, with an eye on improving healthspan. Congratulations to our investigators on their Program Project.
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We are happy to announce that Dr. Sylvia Smith received the notice of award for the Foundation Fighting Blindness grant entitled: "Targeting Sigma 1 Receptor in Retinitis Pigmentosa". Congratulations Dr. Smith!
The MCG Faculty Senate recognized Dr. William Pearson for his exceptional accomplishments by awarding him with the Basic Science Teaching Award. Congratulations for this well-deserved recognition at the recent MCG Faculty Awards Ceremony!
The MCG Faculty Senate recognized Dr. Zheng Dong for his exceptional accomplishments by awarding him with the Basic Science Research Award. Congratulations for this well-deserved recognition at the recent MCG Faculty Awards Ceremony!
Congratulations to Dr. Mark Hamrick, Regents' Professor in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy and Drs. Meghan McGee-Lawrence, William Hill, Yutao Liu for their Notice of Award for their Research Program Project beginning May 1, 2017 from The National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging entitled: Age Induced Impairment of Nutrient Signaling Results in Bone Loss.
Congratulations to Dr. Dave Hill, Professor in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy and Drs. Meghan McGee-Lawrence, Mark Hamrick, Yutao Liu for their Notice of Award for their Research Program Project beginning May 1, 2017 from The National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging entitled: Age Induced Impairment of Nutrient Signaling Results in Bone Loss.
Congratulations to Dr. Yutao Liu, Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy and Drs. Meghan McGee-Lawrence, Mark Hamrick, William Hill for their Notice of Award for their Research Program Project beginning May 1, 2017 from The National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging entitled: Age Induced Impairment of Nutrient Signaling Results in Bone Loss.
Congratulations to Dr. Meghan E. McGee-Lawrence, biomedical engineer in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy and Drs. Yutao Liu, Mark Hamrick, William Hill for their Notice of Award for their Research Program Project beginning May 1, 2017 from The National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging entitled: Age Induced Impairment of Nutrient Signaling Results in Bone Loss.
Congratulations to Dr. Meghan E. McGee-Lawrence, biomedical engineer in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy and Dr. Alexis M. Stranahan, neuroscientist from Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine for their paper describing benefit of whole body vibration in the face of obesity and diabetes. This is a terrific demonstration of research collaboration as these two scientists from different fields examined a model whereby whole body movement could improve problems like insulin resistance and weaker muscle and bone. (These benefits were similar to 20 minutes daily on a treadmill.) Their work garnered great international interest from TIME and Forbes as well as science and media sites internationally.
Dr. Watsky received the notice of award from the National Institute of Health/NEI for hs R01 grant entitled “Vitamin D Metabolism and Function in the Cornea and Anterior Segment.” Congratulations to Dr. Watsky!
The Department of Cellular Biology & Anatomy hosted its inaugural Dr. G. Lombard Kelly
Lectureship on March 16, 2017.
Dr. Andrew Fire, shared the Nobel prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2006 with Dr. Craig Mello for their work in RNA interference. Dr. Fire was invited to be the inaugural Kelly lecturer by the graduate students of the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy.
The Dr. G. Lombard Kelly Lectureship is named after Dr. G. Lombard Kelly who was an Augusta native and 1924 MCG graduate. He was a faculty member in the Department of Anatomy, the first department of MCG. He rose through the ranks to become chair of the department, then dean of the medical school and eventually president of MCG. His passion for education and clinical care were exception and he played a key role in the foundation and future of MCG, the nation’s 13th oldest and 8th largest medical school. We are honored to have had Dr. Fire as the inaugural G. Lombard Kelly lecturer and applaud the students for selecting such a deserving candidate for this honor.
We would like to thank our graduate students, Dr. Jiankang Chen, and Dr. Mark Hamrick for their considerable efforts in ensuring the success of this first Kelly Lectureship. Special thanks are due also to Mrs. Heide Andrews and Mrs. Sharon Lever for their assistance.
Dr. Brendan Marshall and Libby Perry have co-authoered an article published in Science Advances! The article outlines the interaction between two proteins, steroidogenic acute regulatory
protein and glucose regulatory protein 78. Brendan and Libby contributed by doing
a series of co-localization experiments of both proteins. Congratulations to Dr. Brendan
Marshall and Libby Perry!
The article can be found here.
Dr Zheng Dong has been successful in renewing his Veterans Administration grant entitled "Ischemic Kidney Injury and Kidney Repair." Congratulations!
Dr. Anna Edmondson, Carol Nichols, Paul McNeil,Bill Pearson, and Brett Szymik have all been recognized with the 2016 Exemplary Teach Award! Congratulations and thanks to each of these faculty members for their efforts!
Dr. Bill Pearson has been accepted into Augusta University's Academy of Health Science Educators! Congratulations Dr. Pearson!
Dr. Meghan McGee-lawrence's recent proposal titled "Effects of osteoblastic Hdac3 expression in hepatic inflammation and insulin sensitivity via OPG," submitted to the Minority Undergraduate Internship Award through the American Diabetes Association's Research Program has been approved for funding. Congratulations Dr. McGee-Lawrence!
Dr. Graydon Gonsalvez has published a paper in the Journal of Cell Science elucidating the flexibility of the protein Tropomyosin. His research was also highlighted on the JagWire News page.
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Samuel Herberg, a former student of Dr. Hill's lab, has been selected to receive one
of the two WFIRM young investigator awards that will be presented at the Tissue Engineering
and Regenerative Medicine International Society - Americas (TERMIS-AM) meeting in
San Diego in December. "The award is designed to recognize outstanding achievements
by members of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society
(TERMIS) who are in the early stages of a career in regenerative medicine."
Congratulations Dr. Herberg!
Dr. Jing Wang (Assistant Research Scientist - Sylvia Smith’s lab) presented research at the Neuroscience Retreat hosted by the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine. Her presentation “Sigma 1 receptor: rescue of retinal photo-receptor cells” won the best intramural presentation award. Congratulations Dr. Wang!
Congratulations Dr. Wang!
Dr. Yao-Liang Tang and Dr. Mark Hamrick received a $2.6 million grant for research to combat the muscle-wasting disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Congratulations Dr. Hamrick!
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Dr. Mark Hamrick will represent Augusta University and present research at the National
Institute on Aging workshop on Advances and Gaps in Musculoskeletal Biology Meeting
in Bethersda, MD.
Great job Dr. Hamrick!
"Dr. Zheng Dong, a cell biologist and Regents’ Professor in Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, has been named the first Leon Henri Charbonnier Endowed Chair in Cellular Biology and Anatomy.
Dong, whose research focuses on the molecular mechanism of cell injury and death, protection and subsequent regeneration, particularly in the kidneys, joined the faculty at MCG in 2002. He also serves as a senior research career scientist and director of research development for the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta."
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Dr. Yutao Liu was recognized this week in an article titled "High Expression of short gene appears to contribute to destructive eye pressures in glaucoma". We would like to congratulate Dr. Yutao Liu for his hard work! Find the link here.
Dr. Ming Zhang received the notice of award from The National Institutes of Health/NEI for his R01 grant entitled “Mechanism of death of bystander retinal cells during MCMV infection.” Congratulations Dr. Zhang on the important discoveries you have made and for garnering support to continue this work!
Dr. William (Bill) Pearson will serve on the inaugural Advisory Committee for our newly formed Center for Ultrasound Education and Research. He was recommended as a person with respected knowledge and experience, and as one who will make a valuable contribution to this committee. By serving on this committee, Dr. Pearson will have the opportunity to provide input into the program as a leader in our Institution, and can favorably impact education, research, and clinical practice at AU.
Congratulations to Dr. Alexa Hryniuk for her service as an ex-officio member on the Phase 1, 2 Curriculum Committee of the Curriculum Oversight Committee of the Medical College of Georgia Faculty Senate. The MCG Faculty Senate committees are critical to the successful operation of the Medical College of Georgia.
Dr. Mark Hamrick was awarded an Augusta University - UGA Seed Grant. This program was jointly created to stimulate new collaborative research projects between AU and UGA that subsequently will lead to new external grants. Applications were received from a broad range of disciplines as well as from interdisciplinary and translational research. Dr. Hamrick will collaborate with Dr. John Peroni from the Department of Large Animal Medicine. Title: “Large Animal Model of Acute Arthritis for Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Medicine.”
Dr. Bill Pearson has been invited to participate in a gathering of researchers and clinicians interested in the mechanics of swallowing and the consequences when normal swallowing activities go awry. This “Swallowing Think Tank” will convene in December 2016 at the University of Florida. Out of this summit, it is expected that new ideas regarding swallowing will emerge. The gathering offers an opportunity for dynamic discourse among forward thinking leaders in the field of dysphagia. Dr. Pearson is one of only ~20 individuals invited to participate.
Very recently Dr. Zheng Dong, Leon Henri Charbonnier Endowed Chair for Cellular Biology and Anatomy, was featured in a story published by the Augusta Chronicle. Congratulations Dr. Dong and your research team on the important discoveries you have made related to cisplatin-induced kidney injury and garnering support to continue this work!
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The Board of Regents of the University of Georgia has appointed Dr. Mark Hamrick to Regent's Professor at Augusta University effective May 10, 2016. Dr, Hamrick contributes substantively to all three missions of the department, the college and the university. Congratulations Dr. Hamrick on this well-deserved honor.
Dr. Smith has been appointed to the National Advisory Eye Council where she will serve a four-year term as one one of the 12 voting council members appointed by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to advise the secretary, Sylvia M. Burwell, and Dr. Paul A. Sieving, director of the National Eye Institute.
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The Augusta University Graduate School Student Government Association honored Ph.D.
student Jasmine Fuller (Dr. Zheng Dong’s Lab) with its award for compassion. The criteria
for the award is reflected in caring, empathy, and social responsibility. Congratulations
Jasmine for this wonderful honor for your volunteer work and the compassion towards
your fellow classmates.
Dr. Yutao Liu just received notice from The Brightfocus Foundation that his Glaucoma grant application entitled "miR-182 and TM Dysfunction in High Tension Glaucoma" has been approved for funding. This is terrific news and we are delighted that his exciting project will move forward.
The Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence recognized Dr. Paul McNeil this morning with the “Caught in the Act of Great Teaching” award where faculty members are nominated, by students, for their acts of great teaching. Congratulations to Dr. McNeil for this well-deserved recognition!
Congratulations to all of our students and post-doctoral fellows who presented their research at
Graduate Research Day. This was a terrific showing for the department. One aspect
that is a particular point of pride is that several of the students are very early
in their training, yet have already completed sufficient work on their projects to
have a story to present. That is fantastic! Thanks to our mentors for their manifold
efforts in guiding these cell biologists-in-training! Thanks also to all who gave
their time in judging posters.
Recognition is due for Jingwen Cai, Mariam Khaled, Inas Helwa (Liu Lab), Khaled Elmasry (Al-Shabrawey Lab), Jasmine Fuller, Chunyuan Guo (Dong Lab), Ting Liu (Chen Lab), Soumya Navneet (Smith Lab), Jessica Pierce (McGee-Lawrence Lab), Alexendra Aguilar (Hill Lab), Lawrence Hicks (Gonsalvez Lab). Thanks to judges Jing Wang, Z. Dong, D. Hill, P. Schoenlein, J. Brittain, J-K Chen, G. Gonsalvez, Y. Liu, M. McGee-Lawrence, P. Schoenlein, M. Hamrick.
Congratulations to Dr. Zheng Dong, Leon Henri Charbonnier Endowed Chair for Cellular Biology and Anatomy! He has just received notice of his grant award from NIH. The competing renewal of his grant entitled "Acute kidney injury by cisplatin and renoprotective strategies" will be funded for four years! This is terrific news and we are very proud of Dr. Dong and his terrific research team!
Dr. Anna Edmondson was recognized with the Distinguished Basic Science Teaching Award
from MCG. Anna works very diligently and consistently at being an outstanding educator,
this is a well-deserved honor!
Dr. Zheng Dong, Leon Henri Charbonnier Endowed Chair for Cellular Biology and Anatomy,
has received a Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust Grant award for $1,000,000 for Innovative
Approaches to Prevent Transplant Rejection and Prolong Allograft Survival. The project
titled “Developing Cutting Edge Research and Personalized Medicine for Transplant
Patients” is a collaborative effort with Drs. Michael Madaio and Stanley Nahman.
This is fantastic news!
Congratulations Dr. Dong!
Dr. William Hill whose patent application entitled “Compositions and Methods for Treating Musculoskeletal Diseases and Disorders” was approved by the Patent Office. The application focuses on methods to inhibit the age related anti-osteogenic miRNA, which Dr. Hill’s laboratory identified as a novel miRNA target in mesenchymal stem cells to improve bone formation in osteoporosis and bone defects.
Congratulations to Dr. Meghan McGee-Lawrence on the intent to fund her Junior Faculty
Development Award from the American Diabetes Association entitled "Role of osteoblastic
Hdac3 in the regulation of systemic energy metabolism."