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A biannual newsletter brought to you by the Interdisciplinary Cellular and Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program
Vol. 4 (Jun. 2022)
CMB Student Publishes Paper

Jesmin Jahan published a first-author paper in the European Journal of Pharmacology titled “Transforming Growth Factor-β1/Thrombospondin-1/CD47 Axis Mediates Dysfunction in CD34+ Cells Derived from Diabetic Older Adults”. Jesmin is mentored by Dr. Yagna Jarajapu (Pharmaceutical Sciences).

Great job, Jesmin!

CMB Students Earns Presentation Awards

Two CMB students earned top awards for their oral presentations at the North Dakota Academy of Science Annual Meeting held in April at NDSU. Vikneshwari Natarajan won the Barbara Ann Earwicker Award for the best graduate student oral presentation. Her talk was titled “PDAC Derived Exosomes Manipulate Tumor Pericyte Phenotype”. Vikneshwari is mentored by Dr. Jiha Kim (Biological Sciences).

Md-Tariqul Islam was awarded first place for his oral presentation. The title of his talk was “A Swine Model for Torque Teno Sus Virus (TTSUV). Tariqul is mentored by Dr. Sheela Ramamoorthy (Microbiological Sciences).

Congratulations, Vikneshwari and Tariqul!!

CMB Students Present at Regional and National Meetings

Gauthami Nair presented her research “Inhibiting Pancreatic Cancer Growth by Dual Targeting of ERK and PI3K Signaling” at the North Dakota Academy of Sciences. Gauthami is co-mentored by Dr. Mohi Quadir (Coatings and Polymeric Materials) and Dr. Katie Reindl (Biological Sciences).

Jenna Duttenhefner presented her research “Impact of GSTP1 Knockdown on Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC) Cell Metabolism” at the North Dakota Academy of Sciences. Jenna is mentored by Dr. Katie Reindl.

Jesmin Jahan presented two posters at the Experimental Biology 2022 conference in Philadelphia. Her posters were titled “Transient silencing of TGF‐β1 reverses myelopoietic bias in older diabetic CD34+ cells" and "Angiotensin‐(1‐7) Restores Gut Barrier Integrity and Ameliorates Systemic Inflammation in Aging".

Kafi Mia (Animal Sciences) presented his research “Effects of the Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP) for the Efficient Ruminant Product” at the American Society of Animal Sciences meeting in Oklahoma City. Kafi’s research mentor is Dr. Kendall Swanson.

Well done everyone!

CMB Faculty Receive Awards, Tenure, and Promotion

Congratulations to Dr. Larry Reynolds (Animal Sciences, University Distinguished Professor) who received the Waldron Research Award! This award recognizes individuals who have made consistent and excellent contributions to their research fields over time.

Congratulations to Dr. Mohi Quadir (Coatings and Polymeric Materials) and Dr. Qifeng Zhang (Electrical and Computer Engineering) who were promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Dr. Sathish Venkatachalem (Pharmaceutical Sciences) received tenure.

Congratulations to Dr. Sheela Ramamoorthy (Microbiological Sciences) and Dr. Katie Reindl (Biological Sciences) who were promoted to Full Professor. Katie also received the NDSU Bison Ambassadors Apple Polisher Award, which “honors NDSU faculty and staff who have made an exceptional impact on a student’s college experience”. This is the 5th time she has received this award.

Questions about CMB? Contact:

Dr. Katie Reindl

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