The Graduate School recently held a "Welcome Back" reception for new students, returning students and faculty. Dr. Meghan McGee-Lawrence was voted by the students to receive the Students Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching as the top lecturer in Cellular Biology and Anatomy.
Congratulations Dr. McGee-Lawrence and thank you for your commitment to TGS!
Jessica Pierce has been selected to receive an ASBMR 2018 Annual Meeting Young Investigator Travel Grant for the abstract presentation “Conditional Deletion of the Glucocorticoid Receptor in Osteoprogenitors Reveals Complex Roles for Glucocorticoid Signaling in Caloric Restriction-Induced Bone Marrow Fat Accumulation”. The Young Investigator Travel Grant is given to the top young investigators who will present at the annual meeting. The annual meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research will be held in September in Montreal, Canada. We are delighted that CBA will be well-represented at this conference! Jessica Pierce is one of our Graduate School students serving in Dr. Meghan McGee-Lawerences lab.
Our recent CBA graduate student, Dr. Khaled Elmasry, who defended his thesis this spring has accepted a post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Patricia D’Amore at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Mass. Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School at Boston, MA. Dr. Elmasry completed his thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Mohamed Al-Shabrawey, who holds a joint appointment in our department and is Professor of Oral Biology in the Dental College.
Congratulations Dr. El-Masry!
Dr. Ellen LeMosy was selected by the students for the Pre-matriculation Faculty Choice Award for Teaching Excellence at the SEEP/Pre-matriculation banquet. The presenting student offered the the following comments "Dr. LeMosy introduced us to the world of medicine, both in its challenges and wonder," the students greatly appreciate her efforts during the summer pre-matriculation program.
Congratulations and great work Dr. LeMosy!
Added July 23, 2018
Dr. Yutao Liu has been featured in the news for his work on LOXL1 and Exfoliation Glaucoma! More information regarding the recent press release "Gene Regulator May Contribute to Protein Pileup in Exfoliantion Glaucoma", may be found at the link here.
Congratulations to Dr. Liu and his team!
Added July 19, 2018
Ting Liu has received the summer 2018 American Heart Association Pre-doctorial Fellowship Award entitled "Role of Class III Phosphatidylinositol-3 Kinase in Compensatory Nephron Hypertrophy." Ting Liu is one of our Graduate School students serving in Dr. Jiankang Chen's lab.
Dr. Carol Nichols was recently promoted to Professor. Congratulations Dr. Nichols!
Dr. Jian-Kang Chen was recently awarded tenure. Congratulations Dr. Chen!
Dr. Meghan McGee-Lawrence was recently promoted to Associate Professor. Congratulations Dr. McGee-Lawrence!
Dr. Brett Szymik, Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy AU/MCG Athens partnership campus was recently promoted to Associate Professor. Congratulations Dr. Szymik!
Congratulations to Dr. William David Hill on his retirement from MCG at Augusta University following 26 years of service! Dr. Hill retired as professor of cellular biology and anatomy. Dr. Hill has been heavily involved in the research and education missions of our institution since he joined the faculty in 1992. Dr. Hill had strong research ties with several groups including the regenerative medicine group, orthopedics and neurology. Dr. Hill is joining the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina and we wish him and his family the very best!
Congratulations to Dr. Hill!
Dr. Graydon Gonsalvez has been awarded a National Institute of General Medicine Sciences/NIH/DHHS RO1 award entitled, "A Molecular Examination on mRNA Localization and Cell Polarization."
Congratulations to Dr. Gonsalvez!
Dr. Mark Hamrick has been awarded a three year grant from the Department of Defense entitled "Exosome Therapy for Stabilization of Extremity Injury" beginning June 1, 2018.
Congratulations to Dr. Hamrick on this fantastic news!
Dr. Mark Hamrick was selected to be the guest speaker at the Eighth Dr. Paul McDonough Lectureship & Symposium held on Friday, May 18th. Dr. Hamrick presented, "Extracellular Veiscles in the Pathogenesis of Human Disease."
Congratulations to Dr. Hamrick on this prestigious invitation!
Khaled El-Masry presented a seminar describing his project “Mechanism of 12/15 Lipoxygenase-Induced Retinal Microvascular Dysfunction in Diabetic Retinopathy” on April 26th, 2018. Khaled was mentored by Dr. Mohamed Al-Shabrawey, Professor of Oral Biology and Professor of Cellular Biology/Anatomy. He successfully defended his project to his thesis committee, which included Dr. Ruth Caldwell, Dr. Amany Tawfik, Dr. Manuela Bartoli, Dr. David Fulton; Dr. Yutao Liu served as a reader for the thesis.
Congratulations Dr. El-Masry!
Lawrence Hicks, better known as Larry, presented a seminar describing his project “In vitro and in vivo studies demonstrate a role for Sh3px1 in lamellipodia formation” on April 19th, 2018. Larry was mentored by Dr. Graydon Gonsalvez. He successfully defended his research project to his thesis committee, which included Dr. Paul McNeil, Dr. Wendy Bollag, Dr. Albert Pan, Dr. Ellen LeMosy; Dr. William Hill served as a reader for the thesis.
Congratulations Dr. Hicks!
Dr. Ellen LeMosy, Associate Professor, has been awarded a 3-year Re-Entry into Biomedical Research Careers Supplement to collaborate with the Princeton University Laboratory of Dr. Rebecca Burdine on their NIAMS RO1 titled, "Cilia Function in Spine Development and Disease." Dr. LeMosey will address relationships of ECM and Wnt signaling to ciclia function in zebrafish models of juvenile idiopathic scoliosis. For more detailed information about Dr. Burdine's research, please visit the featured NIH Directors Blog here.
Congratulations on a job well done!
Added April 30, 2018
Dr. Brett Szymik, Assistant Professor of Anatomy with the MCG/UGA Medical Partnership Campus, was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award presented by the MCG/UGA Class of 2021. The award was presented on April 19, 2018 at the MCG Faculty Awards Ceremony.
Congratulations on this praiseworthy achievement!
Added April 19, 2018
Dr. Paul McNeil, Professor and Director of the Cell Imaging Core, was presented with the Outstanding Educator Award by the MCG Class of 2021 on April 19, 2018 during the MCG Faculty Awards Ceremony.
Congratulations on this laudable achievement!
Added April 19, 2018
Dr. Meghan McGee-Lawrence, Assistant Professor, received the Outstanding Young Faculty Award - Basic Science at the most recent MCG Faculty Awards Ceremony held on April 19, 2018.
Congratulations on this most notable accomplishment!
Added April 19, 2018
Dr. Mark Hamrick, Regents' Professor and Department Director of Graduate Studies, received the Outstanding Research Award at the MCG Faculty Awards Ceremony held on April 19, 2018.
Congratulations on this most distinguished award!
Added April 19, 2018
Shawna McCafferty, MD Student Class of 2018, has been selected to co-lead a workshop, "Practice Makes Perfect: How to Engage Medical Students in Professionalism Discussions," at the 2018 International Association of Medical Science Educators meeting (IAMSE) to be held this June in Las Vegas, NV. Shawna also has received a travel award to present her work at the meeting. Her co-presenters are Matt Rivera-Bloodworth, MD Student Class of 2018 and Carol Nichols, PhD.
Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment!
Added April 18, 2018
Khaled El Masry, PhD Student in Dr. Mohamed Al-Shabrawey's lab, was recently honored at the 3 Minute Thesis and Research Day Award's Banquet (3MT). Developed by the University of Queensland, the 3 minute Thesis competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy students. The competition is driven by a students abilities to effectively explain their research in 3 minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialists audience. Khaled El Masry was selected as the Peoples Choice Award winner and received $250.00 for his presentation, "New Target for Prevention of Diabetic Eye Complications." To read more about this exciting event, click here.
Congratulations on a job well done!
Added April 16, 2018
Jingwen Cai, PhD Student in Dr. Yutao Liu's lab, was a recent finalist at the 3 Minute Thesis and Research Day Award's Banquet (3MT). Developed by the University of Queensland, the 3 minute Thesis competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy students. The competition is driven by a students abilities to effectively explain their research in 3 minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialists audience. To view Jingwen Cai's presentation, "Gene Changes in Drainage Cells with Glaucoma" click here.
Congratulations on a wonderful presentation!
Added April 16, 2018
Devi Boggupalli, PhD Student in Dr. Graydon Gonasalvez's lab, received the Excellence in Research Award at the 34th Annual Graduate Research Day event for his presentation "Tropomyosin1c Levels are Regulated by Slmb-Mediated Degradation." The Excellence in Research Award carried a prize worth $100.00. To read more about this exciting event, click here.
Congratulations on this wonderful award!
Added April 16, 2018
On Tuesday,April 10th, Dr. Christiaan Leeuwenburgh was our keynote speaker at the second Dr. G. Lombard Kelly Lectureship Series. Dr. Christiaan Leeuwenburgh is the Vice-Chair of Research and Professor in the Department of Aging from the University of Florida and the honored guest selected by our CBA Graduate Students. He was a superb keynote speaker and the Lectureship a huge success! We are so very proud of the leadership of the graduate students in planning the visit and appreciate the faculty that participated in his visit and that attended the seminar.
Thanks to everyone for your efforts and for representing the department so positively!
Added April 11, 2018
The search is on for a treatment target for acute kidney injury. Dr. Zheng Dong, principal investigator on a new $2.2 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, is researching just how autophagy is hampered in diabetes and searching for targets to bolster autophagy in an effort to help patients and their kidneys better survive diabetes and to recover from an acute kidney injury. When you have diabetes then get an acute kidney injury, there is a multiplier effect that can worsen your prognosis and destroy your kidneys. To read more about this exciting research, click here.
Added April 10, 2018
Dr. Mark Hamrick received the Graduate School 2018 Award for Outstanding Research. The award was presented on April 9, 2018 at the Annual State of the Graduate School Address and Awards Ceremony. Dr. Hamrick is a Regents' Professor of Cellular Biology and Anatomy and Orthopedic Surgery. He also serves as the Director of the CBA PhD program and Co-director for the Center for Healthy Aging.
Added April 10, 2018
On Friday, March 23rd, the Graduate School held its annual Graduate Research Day. The participation by Cellular Biology and Anatomy was excellent. A number of our students presented posters including Ahmed Elmansi (Hill lab), Mackenzie Hagan and Jessica Pierce (McGee-Lawrence lab), Chandler Goldman and Devi Boggupalli (Gonsalvez lab), Jingwen Cai and Mariam Khaled (Liu lab), Helen Kaiser (Hamrick lab), Ting Liu (Chen lab), Khaled Elmasry (Al-Shabrawey lab) and Soumya Navneet (Smith lab). We are very proud of each of these students and congratulate them on developing posters that captured the hard work dedicated to their ongoing research projects. Congratulations also to their mentors in guiding these students in this endeavor. The faculty members whose students participated also served as judges for the posters. Thanks also to Dr. Hamrick for his role on the organizing committee and to Dr. Mitchell Watsky, Graduate School Dean, for his leadership!
Thanks to all for their efforts…it was a great day for research in the department!
Added March 26, 2018
Dr. Zheng Dong's lab has been notified of acceptance of manuscript in the journal "Nature Communications." Dr. Shixuan Wang is the lead author of this contribution entitled, "The CPLANE Protein Intu Protects Kidneys from Ischemia-reperfusion Injury by Targeting STAT1 for Degradation."
Congratulations to all in the Dong Lab for this excellent achievement!
Added March 5, 2018
Great News! Dr. Yutao Liu has been awarded an NIH R21 on his project exfoliation glaucoma entitled "Long Noncoding RNA IncLOXL1 and Exfoliation Syndrome."
Congratulations to Dr. Liu on this outstanding accomplishment!
Added February 21, 2018
This year at the annual meeting of the American Association of Anatomists there will be six MCG students presenting Anatomy Education Research. They have garnered the awards for their work and their names and poster/paper titles are listed below. Additionally, two other MCG students will be leading a focus session at the International Association of Medical Science Educators meeting in June.
We congratulate these students for their outstanding work and appreciate the recognition they bring to MCG in these national forums. We recognize also the excellent mentorship of the students by the CBA faculty, Drs. Anna Edmondson, Carol Nichols, Alexa Hryniuk and from the Department of Pathology, Dr. Barbara Russell.
Harrison Houston - Effects of Exam Group Time on Academic Performance. He is a platform award finalist for an AAA Educational Research Platform Presentation Award. Faculty Mentors: Anna Edmondson and Carol Nichols
Tommy Ng - Identifying Learning and Study Strategies as Predictors for Academic Performance in Gross Anatomy. He is a platform award finalist for an AAA Educational Research Platform Presentation Award. Faculty Mentors: Anna Edmondson, Alexa Hryniuk, and Carol Nichols
Rachel Corbitt - Evaluation of Critical Thinking Skills in the Anatomy and Development Components of the First Year Medical School Curriculum. She is a poster award finalist for an AAA/ASE Student/Postdoctoral Education Research Poster Award. Rachel was also selected for an oral presentation in an Education Platform Session at the meeting Faculty Mentors: Anna Edmondson, Alexa Hryniuk, and Carol Nichols
Dalton Sherwood - Early Identification of Factors Contributing to Allied Health Students’ Academic Difficulties in Gross Anatomy. He is a poster award finalist for an AAA/ASE Student/Postdoctoral Education Research Poster Award. Faculty Mentors: Anna Edmondson, Alexa Hryniuk, and Carol Nichols
Katherine Jennings - The Effectiveness of a First Patient Discoveries Project in Promoting Observational Medicine and Diagnostic Decision-Making. She is a poster award finalist for an AAA/ASE Student/Postdoctoral Education Research Poster Award. Faculty Mentors: Anna Edmondson, Alexa Hryniuk, and Carol Nichols
Briana Bennett - Identifying Predictors for Academic Performance in the MCG Pre-Clinical Curriculum. She will be presenting a poster at the meeting. Faculty Mentors: Anna Edmondson, Carol Nichols, and Barbara Russell
IAMSE Meeting Information
Shawna McCafferty and Matt Rivera Bloodworth– Practice Makes Perfect: How to Engage Medical Students in Professionalism Discussions. They will be leading a 1.5 hour Focus Session at the International Association of Medical Science Educators meeting in June in Las Vegas, NV. Faculty Mentor: Carol Nichols
Congratulations to all!
Added February 14, 2018
Graduate student Helen Kaiser, from Dr. Mark Hamrick's lab, has been selected as a platform award finalist for the AAA Graduate Student Platform Presentation Award. Helen will be recognized at the AAA Annual Meeting at EB 2018 in San Diego, CA this April during the closing ceremonies where the winners will be announced. Helen was among the top 6 highest scores chosen by the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) and the Committee for Early Career Anatomists (CECA) in the graduate student scientfic category to compete in this award.
Congratulations and best of luck to Helen Kaiser!
Added February 13, 2018
Our EM/Histology Core made the cover of the journal Cancer Prevention Research! The beautiful sectioning by Donna Kumiski was the cover art for "Cyclic-GMP-Elevating Agents Suppress Polyposis in ApcMin Mice by Targeting the Preneoplastic Epithelium." The EM/Histo Core Staff members, pictured left to right, include Libby Perry, Penny Roon, Donna Kumiski and Brendan Marshall.
Congratulations to Donna and the entire EM/Histology Core for their excellent work!
Added February 7, 2018
Dr. Carlos Isales, Regents' Professor in the MCG Department of Medicine, and Dr. Mark Hamrick, bone biologist in the MCG Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy, were recently named co-directors of MCG's new Center for Healthy Aging. The Center for Healthy Aging will work to provide a comprehensive approach to patient care and science that enables aging Americans to maintain or regain there independence. Congratulations on your appointment!
Added February 6, 2018
Good news! Dr. Meghan McGee-Lawrence has received notification from the American Diabetes Association that they will support a one-year Minority Undergraduate Internship allowing her to mentor Natasha Culpepper from the Summerville campus. Natasha's project is titled "Regulation of OPG by osteoblastic Hdac3 to control hepatic inflammation and systemic insulin sensitivity."
Added January 19, 2018
Several of our faculty members have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to medical education. Individuals who have received the MCG 2017 Exemplary Teaching Award include Drs. Anna Edmondson, Alexa Hryniuk, Carol Nichols, Tom Gale, William Pearson and Paul McNeil. Drs. Thom Gaddy, Greg Nagle, Deloris Hess and Brett Szymik, colleagues at the Athens campus, were also recognized. Congratulations to all for this well-deserved recognition and thanks for the outstanding effort in educating the next generation of physicians!
Added January 3, 2018
Dr. Yutao Liu has been invited to be a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for The Glaucoma Foundation. Dr. Liu has been funded by this organization several times and this invitation is a clear indication of his contributions to the field of glaucoma research.
Added October 23, 2017
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!
Added October 23, 2017
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.
Added October 6, 2017
Dr. Smith's lab has received a new R01 grant from the National Eye Institute (NIH) for the project entitled, "Sigma 1 Receptor: a novel therapeutic target for retinal degeneration." Drs. Jing Wang and Rachel Cui contributed significantly to the preliminary data for this award and will be actively engaged in the project. Co-investigators Drs. Graydon Gonsalvez, Alan Saul (Ophthalmology) and Bobby Thomas (Pharmacology/Toxicology) will be working collaboratively with the Smith group to execute this project.
Congratulations to all!
Added September 26, 2017
The 9th annual Medical Scholars Research Day was held in the Harrison Ed Commons building. It was a tremendous success and our department was very well represented! Special thanks to all faculty who mentored students and to the members of our terrific department who interacted with these students. Students were engaged in cell biological research, educational research and anatomical research. Included among CBA faculty who served as mentors were Drs. Anna Edmondson, Patricia Schoenlein, Meghan McGee-Lawrence, Hill, Nichols, Hamrick, Bill Pearson.
Great job! Thanks to all!
Added September 26, 2018
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!
Added August 15, 2017
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!
Added July 24, 2017
Congratulations to all StaR students and their mentors! This summer the CBA department had a total of SEVEN undergraduate students participate in this outstanding summer research experience. The STaR poster session this morning demonstrated the high degree of engagement of these students in exciting projects. There were a total of 21 students in the STaR program so CBA was very well represented!
Thanks to all mentors: Drs. LeMosy (Mr. A. Feather), Schoenlein (Ms. A. Liu), McGee-Lawrence (Mr. E. Stokes and Ms. N. Del Mazo), Liu (Ms. S. Yablonski, Hill (Mr. E. De Miranda) and Hamrick (Mr. L. Martinez).
Added July 20, 2017
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.
Added July 6, 2017
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.
Added June 20, 2017
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.
Added June 6, 2017
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!
Added June 1, 2017
Congratulations to Drs. Yutao Liu, Mark Hamrick, William Hill and Meghan McGee-Lawrence received notice of award from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging for their research entitled: Age Induced Impairment of Nutrient Signaling Results in Bone Loss.
Congratulations on this fantastic accomplishment!
Added May 1, 2017
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!
Added April 21, 2017
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!
Added April 21, 2017
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.
Added April 12, 2017
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.
Added April 12, 2017
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.
Added April 12, 2017
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.
Added April 12, 2017
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.
Added March 28, 2017
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!
Added March 21, 2017
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.
Added March 17, 2017
Dr. Brendan Marshall and Libby Perry have co-authored 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!
Added March 1, 2017
Dr Zheng Dong has been successful in renewing his Veterans Administration grant entitled "Ischemic Kidney Injury and Kidney Repair." Congratulations!
Added February 3, 2017
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!
Added February 3, 2017
Dr. Bill Pearson has been accepted into Augusta University's Academy of Health Science Educators! Congratulations Dr. Pearson!
Added January 3, 2017
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!
Added January 3, 2017
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.
Added December 8, 2016
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!
Added November 14, 2016
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!
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 Bethesda, 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."
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!
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!
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.
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 El-Masry (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."