Swathi Arur, Ph.D. selected as a Sabin Fellow
Swathi Arur, Ph.D., one of MD Anderson’s brightest young researchers, was selected as a member of the second annual class of Andrew Sabin Family Fellows, a prestigious program established through the generosity of MD Anderson Board of Visitors member Andrew Sabin. The program encourages ingenuity, creativity, independent thinking and high-risk, high-impact research. Arur’s genetics research focuses on the interplay of RAS signaling and small RNA biogenesis enzymes in promoting tumor progression and metastasis.
Guillermina Lozano, Ph.D., elected to National Academy of Sciences
Lozano has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her pioneering work in describing the p53 pathway, a recognized tumor suppressor gene associated with cancer. Lozano was the first to establish p53 as a transcriptional activator of other genes. She also showed that common p53 mutants fail to launch transcription, and discovered other proteins, Mdm2 and Mdm4, which play critical roles in inhibiting p53 activity in development and cancer. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.
Nicholas Navin, Ph.D., receives the Jack and Beveraly Randall Prize for Excellence in Cancer Treatment
The Jack and Beverly Randall Endowment honors Dr. Navin's innovative cancer research! He was honored with this award at the President’s Recognition for Faculty Excellence event.
Ruli Gao, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, wins 2016 Outstanding Research Publication Award
She is one of three selected for her outstanding publication: “Punctuated copy number evolution and clonal stasis in triple-negative breast cancer” Nature Genetics, Volume 48, Number 10, October 2016. She is receiving this recognition for her contribution to scientific literature in cancer research at MD Anderson. She is in Dr. Nicholas Navin’s lab.
Oscar Ruiz, Ph.D., receives first place in the 2016 Nikon Small World Photo Competition
Ruiz brings the world face-to-face with his research on facial development and cellular morphogenesis with his winning image of a four-day-old zebrafish embryo. Ruiz uses the zebrafish to study genetic mutations that lead to facial abnormalities such as cleft lip and palate in humans in the lab of George Eisenhoffer, Ph.D. Click here to read more and see this award winning photo.
Nicholas Navin, Ph.D., among first recipients of the prestigious Sabin Fellows program
Beginning this year, the Andrew Sabin Family Fellowship Program funded up to eight two-year research fellowships. The program encourages creative, independent thinking and high-risk, high-impact research. Fellowships will be giving deserving early-career researchers at MD Anderson the means to strive toward their collective goal to end cancer. Navin aims to use single cell sequencing technologies to investigate tumor evolution in breast cancer patients and understand how they evolve resistance to chemotherapy. These studies are expected to lead to new diagnostic modalities and therapeutic targets to improve treatment and outcomes for breast cancer patients.
Michael Galko, Ph.D., named Faculty Educator of the Month: January 2016
The Faculty Educator of the Month Recognition features outstanding MD Anderson faculty educators who demonstrate excellence and innovative practice in education.
Nicholas Navin, Ph.D., wins notable AAAS Martin & Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Wachtel Award is an annual award that honors early career investigators performing outstanding work in cancer research. Winners receive a cash prize, deliver a public lecture on their research and have their award entry essay published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Navin was selected for his research on single-cell DNA analysis. He will present his work at the National Institutes of Health on July 31, 2015.