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2018

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DEC MD/PhD student Gianna Fote, Biological Chemistry, is the recipient of the 2018 Dr. Lorna Carlin Scholar Award. The School of Medicine is grateful to Dr. Lorna Carlin for supporting promising graduate student research. Fote is co-advised by professors Joan Steffan & Leslie Thompson.
DEC Brianna Craver, PhD candidate, Biological Chemistry, received an Abstract Achievement Award for her poster at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology, San Diego, CA. She is advised by Dr. Angela Fleischman.
DEC Betty Lai, PhD student, Biological Chemistry, published a first-author paper, "Defective Negative Regulation of Toll-like Receptor Signaling Contributes to Elevated TNF in Myeloproliferative Neoplasm” Blood Advances, December 2018. She is advised by Dr. Angela Fleischman.
DEC Kay Linker, PhD candidate, Anatomy & Neurobiology, co-advised by professors Frances Leslie & Marcelo Wood, received a Public Impact Distinguished Fellowship. Linker investigates the role of the brain’s immune system in adolescent drug use and mechanisms underlying addiction vulnerability.
DEC PhD candidate, Autumn Holmes, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, will enter the Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment in Sciences and Medicine (PRISM) program. She is advised by professor Bert Semler.
NOV Jan Frankowski, PhD Candidate, Anatomy & Neurobiology, presented a poster at the Society for Neuroscience Conference, San Diego, CA. He is advised by professor Robert Hunt.
NOV Maribel Cervantes Ortega, PhD student, Epidemiology, presented at the American Public Health Association Conference, San Diego, CA, November, 2018. She is advised by professor Karen Edwards.
NOV Postdoctoral scholar, Young Kim, Anatomy & Neurobiology, presented at the Society for Neuroscience Conference, San Diego, CA, November 2018. Kim is advised by professor Robert Hunt.
NOV PhD candidate Andrew Yale presented "Highly-branched N-glycans generated by MGAT5 control neural stem cell differentiation and protein expression" at ISSCR 2018 (International Society for Stem Cell Research), Melbourne, Australia and the 2018 Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, California.
NOV Experimental Pathology student Tom Caldwell, was awarded a NIH Virology Training Grant for 2018-2019 to study HIV transmission selectivity. His adviser is Dr. Donald Forthal.
NOV Sarah Joy Cross, PhD candidate, Anatomy and Neurobiology, presented her poster "Developmental and sex differences in kappa opioid receptor activity in limbic brain areas" at the 2018 Society for Neuroscience. Cross is advised by Frances Leslie.
NOV Jessica Flesher, PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Chemistry, has received the 2018 Gazzaniga Family Medical Research Award. Flesher is advised by Dr. Anand Ganesan.
NOV UCI researchers uncover evidence of restored vision in rats following cell transplant
OCT PhD candidate, EHS, Marisa Chattman Nielsen presented at The Southern California American Society for Microbiology, San Diego, CA. Her research focuses on the effects of environmental exposures on the human microbiome. Nielsen is advised by professor Sunny Jiang.
OCT PhD candidate Andrew Yale, Anatomy & Neurobiology, published "Cell surface N-glycans influence electrophysiological properties and fate potential of neural stem cells", Stem Cell Reports. He is advised by professor Lisa Flanagan.
OCT Gianna Fote, PhD candidate, Biological Chemistry, presented at the Hereditary Disease Foundation Symposium, Boston, MA. Fote is co-advised by professors Joan Steffan and Leslie Thompson.
OCT Biomedical & Translational Science alum, Abhinav Grover, MD presented at the American Society for Human Genetics Annual meeting, San Diego, California. Watch the interview, "What is currently exciting in genetics?"
OCT Dr. Tina Saber, MS-BATS student, presented at the American Association of Chest Physicians conference, San Antonio TX and the MHSRS meeting in Florida. Saber is advised by Dr. Matthew Brenner.
OCT Jessica Flesher, PhD candidate, Biological Chemistry, presented at the Joint Montagna Skin Symposium & PanAmerican Society for Pigment Cell Research (PASPCR) Conference, October 2018, Oregon. She is advised by Dr. Anand Ganesan.
OCT The prestigious Achievement Rewards for College Scientist (ARCS) was awarded to two School of Medicine PhD candidates from the Department of Biological Chemistry. Congratulations to our newest ARCS scholars, Brianna Craver and Gianna Fote!
OCT PhD Candidate Ceazar Nave, Physiology & Biophysics, is the recipient of a 2019 School of Medicine Dean’s Fellowship recognizing his outstanding research and presentation delivery. Mr. Nave is advised by professor Todd Holmes.
OCT The 2018 School of Medicine Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award goes to professors Trina Norden-Krichmar, Yongsheng Shi and Luohua Jiang. The award recognizes exemplary teaching accomplishments including student motivation and inspiration, commitment to student mentoring, effective and innovative teaching strategies, and extraordinary student evaluation scores and comments. Congratulations!
SEP MS-BATS alum, Abhinav Grover, MD served as discussion leader for prostate cancer genetics at the California Initiative for Precision Medicine Project, Irvine, CA.
SEP MS-BATS alum, Abhinav Grover, MD published “Association of race, socioeconomic status and stress with Decipher® genomic classifier risk scores and gene expression: Implications on prostate cancer personalized treatments”
SEP Environmental Health Sciences PhD candidate Ron Leavitt presented at the annual Radiation Research Society Meeting, September 2018, Chicago, IL. Leavitt is advised by professor Charles Limoli.
SEP Ron Leavitt, EHS PhD candidate, published a review article "miRNA-based therapeutic potential of stem cell-derived extracellular vesicles: a safe cell-free treatment to ameliorate radiation-induced brain injury", International Journal of Radiation Biology, September 2018. He is advised by Charles Limoli, PhD.
SEP School of Medicine welcomes PhD and MS students
SEP UCI Ranked #7 Public University by US News and World Report
AUG UCI Ties for #1 Top Coolest Schools 2018 (link to article)
AUG UCI listed as #3 in the 25 best colleges in the US (link to Money)
JULY Microbiology & Molecular Genetics PhD candidate, Autumn Holmes, presented at the American Society for Virology meeting in July. Holmes is advised by professor Bert Semler.
JUNE The Office of Graduate Studies congratulates the 2018 MS, PhD and MSTP students participating in commencement ceremonies.
JUNE MS-BATS and MD candidate Jessica Andrusaitis' recent publications and projects delve into the delivery of emergency medicine as influenced by social determinants of health and healthcare. Read more by clicking on link.
JUNE Microbiology and Molecular Genetics PhD candidate George Tsun-Te Chen gave a short talk at the International Conference of Systems Biology at UCLA, June 4-6, 2018. George is advised by professor Marian Waterman.
JUNE Biological Chemistry PhD candidate Jessica Flesher published a co-first author publication "PIKfyve regulates melanosome biogenesis" in PLoS Genetics, March 27, 2018. Jessica is advised by Dr. Anand Ganesan.
JUNE Physiology and Biophysics PhD candidate Lisa Soyeon Baik received the Konopka Excellence Award for her oral presentation "Circadian Modulation of UV Light Avoidance Behavior in Drosophila" at the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms Conference, May 2018, Amelia Island, FL. Baik is advised by professor Todd Holmes.
JUNE Physiology and Biophysics student Ceazar Nave presented his research, "Social jet lag evokes Drosophila circadian neural network desynchrony", at the Society for Research in Biological Rhythms (SRBR) conference in Amelia Island Florida, May 12-16, 2018. Ceazar is advised by Professor Todd Holmes.
JUNE MS-BATS student Veena Mathew presented a poster, “Willingness to Participate in Natural History Studies amongst Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis Patients”, at the American Academy of Neurology in Los Angeles, CA on April 24, 2018. Veena is advised by Dr. Tahseen Mozaffar.
JUNE MS-BATS candidate Linda My Huynh presented her moderated poster on Unintended Consequences of Decreased PSA-based Prostate Cancer Screening at the national American Urological Association Meeting, May 16-20, 2018, San Francisco, CA. The poster was awarded best of the session. Huynh is advised by Drs. Thomas Ahlering and Sheldon Greenfield.
JUNE Biological Chemistry PhD candidate Gianna Fote presented at the Gordon Research Seminar on Autophagy meeting held March 18-23, 2018, Tuscany, Italy. Fote is advised by professors Leslie Thompson and Joan Steffan.
JUNE Physiology and Biophysics postdoctoral fellow Subrata Sabui presented a lecture at Digestive Disease Week, June 2-5, 2018, Washington DC. He is doing research in professor Hamid Said’s lab.
MAY Biological Chemistry student Brianna Craver published a first-author review, "The Critical Role of Inflammation in the Pathogenesis and Progression of Myeloid Malignancies” in Cancers, April 2018, doi:10.3390/cancers10040104. Brianna is advised by professor Angela Fleischman.
MAY UCI's Oncoslayers raised over $4,000 for cancer research at the 2018 Anti-Cancer Challenge.
MAY Physiology & Biophysics PhD student Katrina Evans is the recipient of the 2018 Stanley Behrens Fellows in Medicine award. The School of Medicine is grateful to the Stanley Behrens Foundation for recognizing promising graduate student research. Evans is advised by Professor Devon Lawson.
MAY Biological Sciences PhD student Brianna Craver has been named the 2018 School of Medicine Outstanding Student. The recipient was selected based on academic excellence, scientific promise, scholarly/professional potential, and service to the university community. Craver is advised by Professor Angela Fleischman.
MAY Physiology & Biophysics PhD student Jenna Kastenschmidt received a 2018 Stanley Behrens Honorable Mention award from the Stanley Behrens Foundation. Additional support was given by SOM benefactor Dr. Lorna Carlin. Kastenschmidt is advised by Professor Armando Villalta.
MAY Microbiology & Molecular Genetics PhD student Hossein Shenasa received a 2018 Stanley Behrens Honorable Mention award from the Stanley Behrens Foundation. Additional support was given by SOM benefactor Dr. Lorna Carlin. Shenasa is advised by Professor Klemens Hertel.
MAY Anatomy and Neurobiology PhD candidate Andrew Yale was granted an award from SOM benefactor Dr. Lorna Carlin for research on impacts of N-glycan branching on neural stem/progenitor cell fate potential and the relation to membrane capacitance. Yale is advised by Professor Lisa Flanagan.
MAY Biological Chemistry PhD candidate Quy Nguyen was granted an award from SOM benefactor Dr. Lorna Carlin for research on breast cancer cell identification in BRCA1 tumorigenesis. Nguyen is advised by Professor Kai Kessenbrock.
MAY The UCI Celebration of Community Engagement recognized REACH OUT TEACH OUT with the Campus Organization Excellence in Service Award. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics PhD candidate Autumn Holmes co-founded the group to connect SOM graduate students, UCI research labs and high school science programs.
MAY PhD candidate Lisa Baik, Physiology and Biophysics, was awarded a 2018 UCI Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. Baik’s focuses on novel phototransduction mechanisms and seeks to develop light-based strategies to control harmful insects. She is advised by Professor Todd Holmes.
MAY PhD candidate Naomi Lomeli, Experimental Pathology, was awarded a 2018 UCI President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship. Lomeli examines the mechanisms of cisplatin-induced chemotherapy-related cognitive impairments (CRCI). Cisplatin is used to treat advanced ovarian cancer and other malignancies. She is advised by Dr. Daniela Bota.
APR MS-BATS students Jennifer Maffre, Veena Mathew, Harwood Garland, Gracie Maldonado and Charles Lin shared advice with UCI undergraduates considering healthcare careers on the Medical Career Pathways Panel.
APR Physiology & Biophysics PhD student Karissa J. Munoz was awarded a prestigious 2018 NSF GRFP fellowship. Congratulations Karissa!
APR SOM Graduate Students to Join the Oncoslayers for the 2018 UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge! Team up to run, walk, donate!
APR PhD candidate Marlene Cervantes, Biological Chemistry, received the UCI School of Medicine Excellence in Research and Health for the Latino Community award. Her research involves circadian clock machinery functionally implicated in the nucleolus. She is advised by Professor Paolo Sassone-Corsi.
MAR PhD candidate Andrew Yale received a 2018 Brython Davis Fellowship. The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and promise for children of service members or veterans of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. Yale is a student in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, advised by professor Lisa Flanagan.
MAR Gianna Fote and Christie Lynn Mortales place second and third in 2018 Grad Slam finals.
MAR The 2018 UCI Grad Slam finalists have been announced. The School of Medicine congratulates finalists Sarah Cross, Megan Curran, Gianna Fote and Christie Lynn Mortales! Click the link for more information.
MAR  Biomedical and Translational Science student Dr. Abhinav Grover's published paper is entitled, "Optimization of CRISPR mediated genome correction of Pompe disease-specific GAA mutations in C2C12 mouse myoblasts", February 2018 Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, 123(2); S56. doi: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2017.12.133.
MAR Biomedical and Translational Science student Dr. Abhinav Grover was an author on "Characterization of CRISPR-Cas9 generated Pompe disease models", February 2018 Molecular Genetics and Metabolism. 123(2); S66-S67.doi:10.1016/j.ymgme.2017.12.163. Grover is advised by Drs. Raymond Wang and Sheldon Greenfield.
FEB  Environmental Health Sciences PhD candidate Roxana Khalili's first author publication in the February, 2018 Journal of Environmental Health is entitled "Early-life exposure to PM2.5 and acute asthma clinical encounters among children in Massachusetts: a case-crossover analysis". Khalili is advised by professor Veronica Vieira.
FEB Biomedical and Translational Science student Abhinav Grover, MD presented a poster at WORLDSymposium conference on lysosomal disorders held February, 2018, San Diego, California. Grover is advised by Drs. Raymond Wang and Sheldon Greenfield.
JAN Microbiology and Molecular Genetics PhD student Robert G. Lewis co-authored a study in PNAS January 2018 titled, "Differential regulation of striatal motor behavior and related cellular responses by dopamine D2L and D2S isoforms". Robert is advised by professor Emiliana Borrelli.

2017

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DEC Biomedical and Translational Science student Abhinav Grover, MD was a panel member for a "Genetics and Genomics Research in Medicine" discussion held November 2017 during CHOC Research week at CHOC Childrens' Hospital.
DEC MS-BATS Student, Harwood R. Garland II delivered a keynote speech to the American Chemical Society; chronicling UCI’s late Nobel laureate Dr. Sherwood Rowland and the lessons we can learn from his life.
DEC Avital Fischer, PhD Candidate in the Department of Epidemiology under supervision of Dr. Anton-Culver, published her work in Clinical Breast Cancer titled "Negative Valence Life Events Promote Breast Cancer Development", Fischer, A., Ziogas, A., Anton-Culver, H.
DEC Brianna Craver, PhD student in Biological Chemistry, presented her poster at the American Society of Hematology 59th Annual International Conference in Atlanta, GA. She also won an Abstract Achievement Award for her poster. She is advised by Dr. Angela Fleischman.
NOV PhD Candidate Lisa Soyeon Baik, Physiology & Biophysics, spoke at the 2017 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Neurobiology of Drosophila meeting. Her presentation was titled, "Circadian Modulation of UV light Avoidance Behavior in Drosophila". Ms. Baik is advised by Professor Todd Holmes.
NOV PhD Candidate Lisa Soyeon Baik, Physiology & Biophysics, gave a presentation on "Drosophila Circadian Clock Entrainment by Novel Phototransduction Pathways and Subsequent Modulation of Light-evoked Behaviors" at the 2017 UCSD Center for Circadian Biology Fall Workshop on Biological Timing, La Jolla, CA. Ms. Baik is advised by Professor Todd Holmes.
NOV PhD candidate Autumn Holmes, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, is the recipient of the first 2017 Dr. Lorna Carlin Scholar Award. The School of Medicine is grateful to Dr. Lorna Carlin for supporting promising graduate student research. Ms. Holmes is advised by Professor Bert Semler.
NOV PhD Candidate Sarah Cross, Anatomy & Neurobiology (advised by professor Frances Leslie), was awarded a 2017-18 UCI Public Impact Fellowship. Ms. Cross seeks to understand the neurobiological consequences of concurrent tobacco and alcohol use during adolescence, with a focus on how the kappa opioid receptor system is affected. The award supports student research demonstrating the potential to significantly improve or enrich life.
NOV Harwood Garland, MS student, Biomedical and Translational Science, presented his health policy paper, "Should Military Service Members Be Protected Under the Common Rule?" to the Pi Gamma Mu Triennial Convention in Kansas City, November 3, 2017. Mr. Garland is advised by Drs. Sheldon Greenfield and Joel Adelson.
NOV Harwood Garland, MS student, Biomedical and Translational Science, presented the keynote at the American Chemical Society awards dinner, May 2017. (Website, Photos) He also co-presented his work on methane and landfills at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference with professor Donald Blake, July 2017 (Website). Mr. Garland is advised by Dr. Sheldon Greenfield.
NOV Harwood Garland’s abstract, co-authored by Drs. Ralph Clayman and Ramy Yaacoub, was published in the Journal of Urology (April 2016): "Evaluation Of Global Continental Urology Residency Training Programs" (Journal of Urology Link). Mr. Garland is an MS student in the Biomedical and Translational Science Program.
OCT UC Irvine School of Medicine holds its first Grad Day in honor of our new dean, Michael J. Stamos, MD.
OCT Congratulation to professors Haoping Liu, Bert Semler and Klemens Hertel, whose valued teaching accomplishments have merited the 2017 School of Medicine's Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award.
OCT Professor Leslie Thompson is quoted in Huffington Post about her stem cell research on Huntington's disease.
OCT Professor Paolo Sassone-Corsi is quoted in Discover magazine about his research on caloric restriction and longevity.
OCT Linda My Huynh, Biomedical & Translational Sciences MS candidate, presented at the World Congress of Endourology in Canada in September. She is advised by Dr. Thomas Ahlering.
OCT The prestigious Achievement Rewards for College Scientist (ARCS) has been awarded to two School of Medicine PhD candidates. Congratulations to our newest ARCS scholars, Naomi Lomeli, Experimental Pathology and Amber Habowski, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics!
SEP UC Irvine gets $200 million pledge for integrative medicine
SEP UC Irvine and UCLA are teaming up on a commitment to fight cancer.
SEP UC Irvine, UCLA dominate U.S. News & World Report rankings; see how other California colleges ranked.
SEP UC Irvine ranks 9th among nation's public universities.
AUG Autumn Holmes, PhD Candidate in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, presented her poster at the International Union of Microbiological Sciences (IUMS) conference this summer in Singapore. Ms. Holmes is advised by Professor Bert Semler.
SEP Clara Ziadeh, PhD candidate in Epidemiology, has published a study about Cancer risk in different generations of Middle Eastern immigrants to California. International Journal of Cancer. DOI: 10.1002/ijc.30928, Ziadeh C, Ziogas A, Anton-Culver H (2017). Ms. Ziadeh is advised by Professor Hoda Anton-Culver.
AUG Congratulations to Professors Haoping Liu, Klemens Hertel and Bert Semler, recipients of the 2017 School of Medicine Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award. Their exemplary teaching accomplishments include student motivation and inspiration, commitment to student mentoring, effective and innovative teaching strategies , and extraordinary student evaluation scores and comments. Well done!
AUG David Herman, PhD student in Environmental Health Sciences, presented a poster at the 2017 Air & Waste Management Conference titled “How Does Co-Exposing ApoE-/- Mice with Various Forms of Concentrated Ambient PM2.5 and Ozone Affect Normal Electrocardiogram Measurements?” and received first place in the 2017 Doctoral Student Competition. Mr. Herman is advised by Dr. Michael Kleinman.
AUG The first-ever "Art of Research" Gallery featured images to be auctioned off to benefit UCI’s Anti-Cancer Challenge. Pictures were produced by SOM students and postdocs. The gallery was curated by George Chen and local company, Woodsnap.
AUG George Chen, PhD candidate in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, presented a poster at the Salk "Mechanisms and Models of Cancer" meeting in La Jolla, CA, August 2017. Mr. Chen is advised by Professor Marian Waterman.
AUG School of Medicine PhD Candidate Elyse van Spyk has published a study in Cell Reports, under the supervision Dr. Bogi Andersen: Time-restricted feeding shifts the skin circadian clock and alters UVB-induced DNA damage. Wang H*, Van Spyk E N*, Liu Q, Geyfman M, Salmans M L, Kumar V, Ihler A, Li N, Takahashi J S, Andersen B. Cell Reports 2017 Aug: 20(5): 1061-1071
AUG Dr. Paolo Sassone-Corsi, UC Irvine professor and director of the Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism, is quoted in Daily Mail article.
JULY UC Irvine ranked number one in Business Insider article titled, “The 10 best colleges to attend if you love the beach”. Click link for article.
JUNE Physiology and Biophysics PhD candidate Lisa Baik co-authored "A rhodopsin in the brain functions in circadian photoentrainment in Drosophila," published in Nature. She is advised by Professor Todd Holmes.
JUNE The SOM Office of Graduates studies acknowledges students participating in the 2017 Commencement Ceremonies.
JUNE Microbiology & Molecular Genetics PhD student Nabila Haque received the first Gazzaniga Family Medical Research Award. We thank the Gazzaniga family for supporting graduate student research that can lead to scientific discovery.
MAY Microbiology & Molecular Genetics student Amber Habowski placed second in the science blitz competition at the 2017 UC Irvine NSF/GRFP Research Awardee Symposium. She is advised by Professor Marian Waterman.
MAY Dr. Michael Kleinman, UC Irvine professor of Environmental Health Sciences, is quoted in CBSLA News article.
MAY Dr. Ulrike Luderer, UC Irvine professor of Environmental Health Sciences, is quoted in PNAS Journal article.
MAY Microbiology & Molecular Genetics PhD student Amber Habowski is the recipient of the 2017 Stanley Behrens Fellows in Medicine award. The School of Medicine is grateful to the Stanley Behrens Foundation for recognizing promising graduate student research. Habowski is advised by Professor Marian Waterman.
MAY Pharmacology PhD candidate Shiwei Liu has been named the 2017 School of Medicine Outstanding Student. The recipient was selected based on academic excellence, scientific promise, scholarly/professional potential, and service to the university community. Liu received additional support from the Stanley Behrens Foundation. Mr. Liu is advised by Professor Catherine Cahill.
MAY Microbiology & Molecular Genetics PhD student Nabila Haque has received a 2017 Stanley Behrens Honorable Recognition award from the Stanley Behrens Foundation. Ms. Haque is advised by Professor Yongsheng Shi
MAY Anatomy and Neurobiology PhD candidate Naomi Lomeli was granted an award from SOM benefactor, Lorna Carlin, MD, for research on chemotherapy-related cognitive impairments (CRCI). Ms. Lomeli is advised by Dr. Daniela Bota.
MAY 09Sherrie Kaplan, PhD, SOM Assistant Vice Chancellor, quoted about UCI program that coaches patients through hurdles before they meet with their doctor.
MAY 09Daniele Piomelli, PhD, SOM Anatomy and Neurobiology Professor, discusses UCI interdisciplinary cannabis research institute
MAR 21A Call for Nominations has been issued for the 2017 Stanley Behrens Fellows in Medicine Program. Application deadline is April 10, 2017.
MAR UC Irvine School of Medicine ranks #48 among best graduate program according to 2018 US News and World Report.
MAR Microbiology and Molecular Genetics PhD student Francisco Carranza was awarded a prestigious 2017 NSF GRFP fellowship. Carranza is advised by professor Klemens Hertel.
MAR Physiology & Biophysics PhD student Hugo You-Hsien Lin to present a poster at the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis Meeting (APCM-ISPD), March 2017, Guangzhou, China. Lin is advised by professor Ping H. Wang.
MAR Physiology & Biophysics PhD student Hugo You-Hsien Lin is second author on a paper in Scientific Reports titled "Glycosuria and Renal Outcomes in Patients with Nondiabetic Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease." Lin is advised by professor Ping H. Wang.
MAR Physiology & Biophysics PhD student Hugo You-Hsien Lin is first author on a paper in Scientific Reports titled "Association of Renal Elasticity and Renal Function Progression in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Evaluated by Real-Time Ultrasound Elastography." Lin is advised by professor Ping H. Wang.
MAR PhD candidate Christie-Lynn Mortales received the 2017 Brython Davis Fellowship. Mortales, a student in the Department of Microbiology& Molecular Genetics, is advised by professor Michael Demetriou.
MAR Experimental Pathology PhD Candidate Naomi Lomeli co-authored two recently published articles: “Cisplatin-induced mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with impaired cognitive function in rats” in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, and “Systemic cisplatin exposure during infancy and adolescence causes impaired cognitive function in adulthood” in the journal Behavioural Brain Research. Lomeli is advised by professor Daniela Bota.
MAR Epidemiology MD/PhD candidate Avital Fischer received the American Psychosomatic Society 2017 Medical Student/Resident/Fellow Travel Scholarship to present her work titled "Life Event Valence and Breast Cancer Risk: The Promoting Effect of Negative Valence Life Events" at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in Spain. Fischer is advised by professor Hoda Anton-Culver.
MAR The School of Medicine recognizes Amber Habowski’s training at the Hubrecht Institute with Dr. Hans Clevers lab studying "Organoid Culturing, Wnt Signaling & Cancer."
MAR Epidemiology PhD Candidate Kristen Hirahatake will present her research, “Diet Quality and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Postmenopausal Women with Type 2 Diabetes: the Women’s Health Initiative”, at the American Heart Association Epi Lifestyle Scientific Sessions in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Hirahatake was also awarded an Early Investigator Travel Award for her abstract. Ms. Hirahatake is advised by professor Andrew Odegaard.
MAR Lisa Baik, PhD candidate in physiology and biophysics, presented her poster "Cryptochrome Mediates Behavioral Executive Choice in Response to UV Light” at the 8th annual 2016 Center for Circadian Biology Symposium. She is advised by Professor Todd Holmes.
MAR Lisa Baik, PhD candidate in physiology and biophysics, is coauthor of “Cryptochrome mediates behavioral executive choice in response to UV light,” published in PNAS in January 2017.
FEB Biological chemistry PhD candidate Rolando Ruiz-Vega co-authored "ATR Mutations Promote the Growth of Melanoma Tumors by Modulating the Immune Microenvironment" in Cell Reports. He is advised by Dr. Anand Ganesan.
FEB 14Dr. Jack Lin, UC Irvine professor of neurology, is quoted in OC Weekly article.
FEB 08Scary movies help UC Irvine researchers, led by epilepsy expert Dr. Jack Lin, identify key brain circuits for processing fear.
FEB Epidemiology student Shantell Nolen will cycle 4,000 miles across country on Team Portland to spread awareness about young adults with cancer. The Ulman cancer event raises needed money, click to visit website.
FEB PhD candidate Galina Schmunk will co-chair a Gordon Research Seminar on Calcium Signaling in Lucca, Italy on June 17-18, 2017. Students and postdocs present and exchange new data in this unique forum. Ms. Schmunk is advised by professor Jay Gargus.
FEB Rolando Ruiz-Vega is awarded the 2017 University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. Mr. Ruiz-Vega, a student in the Department of Biological Chemistry, is advised by Anand Ganesan.
FEB Charles Limoli quoted in US News & World Report on research suggesting space travel affects the brain.
FEB UC Irvine ranks nationally in upward mobility
JAN As a world leader in high quality research and graduate education, UC Irvine's plan to invest in doctoral students includes increasing PhD admission by 35% over the next 5 years.

2016

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DEC 1.1 billion reasons to feel good about 2016.
DEC Giving New Meaning to ’Eater Nation.
DEC UC Irvine awarded $4.5 million for study of the genetic benefits of exercise.
DEC Doctoral Programs at UC Irvine
DEC UC Irvine opens doctoral programs to hundreds more students.
DEC  UC Irvine School of Medicine Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Anthony James, is quoted about his work with genetically modify mosquitoes to make the insects resistant to malaria.
NOV Alzheimer's researcher, Dr. Claudia Kawas featured on 60 Minutes
NOV PhD students Yanjun Sun, Anatomy & Neurobiology (Advised by Xiangmin Xu, PhD) and Shiwei Liu, Pharmacology (Advised by Catherine Cahill, PhD), were awarded a 2016-17 UCI Public Impact Fellowship for their work demonstrating the potential to significantly improve or enrich the lives of people in California and beyond.
NOV School of Medicine basic scientists David Reinkensmeyer, professor of anatomy and neurobiology and mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Sidney Golub, professor emeritus of microbiology and molecular genetics, receive UC Irvine 2016-2017 Distinguished Faculty Awards.
OCT Congratulation to Drs. John Billimek and Marian Waterman for their valued teaching accomplishments that have merited the 2016 School of Medicine Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award. The awardees were selected in recognition of their ability to inspire and motivate students, their noteworthy commitment to student mentoring, their ability to develop and implement rich effective and innovative teaching strategies ,and their extraordinary student evaluation scores and comments.
OCT Retired UC Irvine thoracic surgeon Dr. Alan Gazzaniga and his family have endowed the Gazzaniga Family Research Award to support promising School of Medicine graduate student research in biomedicine. Learn about Gazzaniga’s vision for this remarkable gift.
OCT UC Irvine School of Medicine epidemiologist Hoda Anton-Culver to co-lead an ambitious statewide precision medicine effort.
OCT UC Irvine is named among the three healthiest universities in the western United States.
OCT Radiation Oncology professor Charles Limoli, quoted in Fox News Science’s "Astronauts Going to Mars Could Face Brain Damage, Study Warns."
OCT Biological Chemistry PhD candidate Elyse van Spyk published a chapter titled "Skin Stress Response Pathways, Regulation of Cutaneous Stress Response Pathways by the Circadian Clock: From Molecular Pathways to Therapeutic Opportunities" for a book series through Springer International Publishing, Switzerland 2016, 281-300. She is advised by Professor Bogi Andersen.
OCT Daniel Haensel, fourth-year biological chemistry PhD candidate, presented at the Gordon Research Conference in Hong Kong, August, 2016. His poster was titled "EMT-Inhibiting Transcription Factor Ovol2 Regulates Mouse Skin Epithelial Regeneration and Repair." He is advised by Xing Dai.
SEP Physiology and Biophysics PhD candidate Craig Gutierrez is appointed to the Chemical and Structural Biology Training Program. He is advised by Lan Huang, PhD.
SEP 13UC Irvine is ranked 9th among nation’s public universities by U.S. News & World Report.
SEP 06Microbiologist and molecular genetics professor Anthony James, PhD, talks about the "gene drive" at the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress.
AUG 26Anatomy & Neurobiology professor Daniele Piomelli is quoted in LA Weekly's "Opiate Addiction Experts Turn to Marijuana as Safer Alternative to Pain Relief.”
AUG 16Epidemiology Chair Hoda Anton-Culver, PhD, is quoted by CNN in "How Much a Decade of Obesity Raises Your Cancer Risk.”
AUG Biological chemistry PhD candidate Rolando Ruiz-Vega is first to receive the Stanley Behrens Fellows in Medicine award. The School of Medicine is grateful to the Stanley Behrens Foundation for recognizing promising graduate student research. Ruiz is advised by Dr. Anand Ganesan.
AUG Biological Chemistry PhD candidate Jinqiang Liu received the School of Medicine's Outstanding Student Award. The recipient was selected based on academic excellence, scientific promise, scholarly/professional potential, and service to the university community. Liu received support from the Stanley Behrens Foundation. Mr. Liu is advised by Dr. Feng Qiao.
AUG Longtime UC Irvine benefactor Stanley Behrens explains why he created the School of Medicine's first fellowship program for graduate students in medical research.
AUG Anatomy and Neurobiology PhD candidate Eric Gold was granted an award from Lorna Carlin, MD for his research on the mechanisms underlying the neuropathological changes that occur as a result of traumatic brain injury. Mr. Gold is advised by Dr. Brian Cummings.
AUG Department of Epidemiology and Medical Scientist Training Program student Marcella Evans was granted a National Institute of Aging F31 Ruth. L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, a multi-year Individual Pre-doctoral Fellowship Award to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. Evans is the PI on her study, "Statins and Dementia in the Oldest-old." Her advisor is Dr. Maria Corrada-Bravo.
AUG Diane Su, a seventh-year PhD student in Anatomy & Neurobiology, will present at the FASEB Translational Neuroimmunology: From Mechanisms to Therapeutics meeting July 25-29 in Big Sky, MT. She is advised by Dr. Aileen Anderson.
AUG George Chen, a fifth-year PhD student in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, will present at the 2016 Wnt Meeting Sept. 14–17 in Brno, Czech Republic. He is advised by Dr. Marian Waterman.
JULY Microbiology and Molecular Genetics student Autumn Holmes was awarded a National Institutes of Health Diversity Supplement funding award, a multi-year Individual Pre-doctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. Her advisor is Dr. Bert Semler.
JULY Morgan Ingemanson, a fourth-year PhD student in Anatomy & Neurobiology, will present at the Society for Neuroscience Conference Nov. 12-16 in San Diego. She is advised by Dr. Steven Cramer.
JULY Nicole Chmielewski, a second-year PhD student in Environmental Health Sciences, will present at the Radiation Research Society Conference Oct. 15-19 in Waikoloa Village, HI. She is advised by Dr. Charles Limoli.
JUN Awardees of UC Irvine's Research Seed Funding Program include School of Medicine faculty members Drs. Suzanne Sandmeyer, Feng Qiao, Bogi Andersen and Michael Demetriou. Congratulations! View the winning proposals from both rounds.
JUN Dylan Flather, a fifth-year student in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics PhD program, will present at the Europic Meeting Sept. 4–8 in Les Diablerets, Switzerland. Dylan is advised by Dr. Bert Semler.
JUN Clara Ziadeh, an entering fourth-year PhD student in Epidemiology, will present at the American Public Health Association meeting Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Denver, CO. She is advised by Dr. Hoda Anton-Culver.
JUN Lisa Soyeon Baik, a third-year PhD student in Physiology and Biophysics, earned the “Merit Award” for her poster, “CRYPTOCHROME is a Direct Neuronal Ultraviolet Light Sensor.” She presented at the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms conference in Palm Harbor, FL, May 21-25, 2016.
MAY Biological Chemistry doctoral candidate Selma Alkafeef attended the American Society of Microbiology's 13th Conference on Candida and Candidiasis, held in Seattle from April 13-17, 2016, where she gave a talk entitled "Wor1 sustains opaque stability through inhibition of the repressor Tup1 in Candida albicans". Ms. Alkafeef is advised by Dr. Haoping Liu.
APR Biological Chemistry PhD candidate Rolando Ruiz-Vega received a prestigious Ford Dissertation Fellowship for his project, "RhoJ regulates BRAF mutant melanoma growth." He is advised by Dr. Anand Ganeson.
APR Microbiology and Molecular Genetics student Amber Habowski received a prestigious NSF GRFP predoctoral fellowship. She is advised by Dr. Marian Waterman.
APR Physiology and Biophysics student Craig Gutierrez will present his poster at the Society for Mass Spectrometry conference in San Antonio, TX, on June 5, 2016. He is advised by Dr. Lan Huang. The poster is titled “Developing A Novel Acidic Residue Reactive and Sulfoxide-containing MS-cleavable Homobifunctional Cross-linker for Studying Protein-protein Interactions.”
APR Biological Chemistry PhD candidate Alvaro Villareal-Ponce will present at the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) June 22-25 in San Francisco. He is advised by Dr. Xing Dai. His poster is titled “An Ovol2-Zeb1 circuit regulates mammary basal-luminal binary differentiation.”
APR Wendy Ullmer, a third-year PhD student in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, will attend the American Society of Virology meeting on June 18-22 in Blacksburg, VA. She is advised by Dr. Bert Semler. Her poster is titled “ Investigating the mechanism of AUF1 negative regulation of enterovirus infections.”
APR Biological Chemistry student Daniel Haensel will present his poster at the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) June 22-25 in San Francisco. He is a third-year student advised by Dr. Xing Dai. His poster is titled “EMT-Inhibiting Transcription Factor OVOL2 Regulates Mouse Skin Epithelial Regeneration and Repair.”
APR Ohimai Unoje presented his poster at the 13th American Society of Microbiology Candida and Candidiasis Conference in Seattle, WA, on April 16, 2016. Also in April, he was awarded the Svetlana Bershadsky Graduate Student Community Award for his work on improving graduate student life at UC Irvine.
MAR Christie-Lynn Mortales, a fourth-year PhD student in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, will present at the American Association of Immunologist (AAI) meeting May 13–17 in Seattle, WA. She is advised by Dr. Michael Demetriou.
MAR Galina Schmunk, a fifth year student in the Physiology and Biophysics Ph.D. program, will present at the Advances and Breakthroughs in Calcium Signaling Meeting, April 7th – April 9th in Honolulu, HI. Galina is advised by Dr. John Gargus.
MAR Naomi Lomeli, a third-year PhD student in Experimental Pathology, will present at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting April 16–20 in New Orleans,. She is advised by Dr. Daniela Bota.
MAR Elyse Van Spyk, a fourth-year PhD student in Biological Chemistry, received a Roche ARCS Foundation Scholar award. She recently discussed her findings at the Gordon Research Seminar on Epithelial Differentiation and Keratinization. She is an NSF GRFP scholar and is advised by Dr. Bogi Andersen.
MAR Lisa Soyeon Baik has been honored with an ARCS Foundation Scholar award. Ms. Baik presented at the UCSD 7th Annual Center for Circadian Biology Symposium and won an award for best poster. Ms. Baik, an NSF GRFP scholar, is a third year student in Physiology and Biophysics under the advisement of Dr. Todd Holmes. Click to read more.
FEB Soyeon Baik, a third year student in the Physiology and Biophysics Ph.D. program, will present at the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms Annual Conference, May 21st – May 25th in Palm Harbor, FL. Soyeon is advised by Dr. Todd Holmes.
FEB Marc Liggins, is a Biological Chemistry Ph.D. student. Marc will present at the Society for Investigative Dermatology Meeting, May 11th – May 14th in Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Anand Ganesan serves as advisor.
FEB Andrew Keebaugh, studying in the Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D. program, presents at the Society of Toxicology Annual Conference, March 13th- 17th in New Orleans, LA. Andrew is advised by Dr. Michael Kleinman.
FEB Morgan Ingemanson, a third year Ph.D. student in Anatomy and Neurobiology presented research at the International Stroke Conference, February 17th – February 19th in Los Angeles, CA. Morgan is advised by Dr. Steven Cramer.
FEB The School of Medicine offers support tThe School of Medicine congratulates Nayna Sanathara as the 2016 Tom Angell Fellowship Graduate Student Awardee. Nayna, a Pharmacology & Toxicology doctoral candidate, has been a role model and mentor to her fellow students.
JAN The School of Medicine offers support to graduate students presenting their research at conferences. David Herman, a second year student in the Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D. program, will present at the Society of Toxicology Annual Conference, March 13-16, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana. David is advised by Dr. Michael T. Kleinman.
JAN The School of Medicine offers support to graduate students presenting their research at conferences. Stephanie Tanio, an ABD student in the Medical Microbiology Ph.D. program, will present at the Experimental Biology Conference, April 2-6, 2016, in San Diego, California.
JAN The School of Medicine offers support to graduate students presenting their research at conferences. George Chen, a fifth year student in the Medical Microbiology Ph.D. program, will present at the American Association for Cancer Research Meeting, April 16-20, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana.. George is advised by Dr. Marian Waterman.

2015

DateDescription
DEC Physiology and Biophysics PhD student Galina Schmunk, co-authored “Shared Functional Defect in IP3R-mediated Calcium Signaling in Diverse Monogenic Autism Syndromes”, published in the journal of “Translational Psychiatry”-September 2015.
NOV Carol Pham, PhD student in Anatomy & Neurobiology awarded 2015 UCI /Stanley Behrens Public Impact Fellowship
SEP Lisa Baik, PhD student in Physiology and Biophysics, was awarded the prestigious 2015-2016 Achievement Rewards for College Scientist (ARCS) Award
AUG 14Congratulations to Feng Qiao, PhD; Karen Edwards, PhD; Klemens Hertel, PhD; and Sherrie H. Kaplan, PhD, MPH on receiving the School of Medicine 2015 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Awards
MAY Biomedical Education Assistance Program funds provided to School of Medicine faculty for training PhD students
MAY 28Congratulations to Epidemiology student Citadel Cabasag on her 2015 President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship Award
MAY 28Congratulations to Microbiology & Molecular Genetics student Stephanie Tanio on her 2015 President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship Award
MAY 28Congratulations to Epidemiology Student Teofiilia Acheampong on her 2015 Honorable Mention Faculty Mentor Program Award
MAY School of Medicine Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award: Nominations due July 1, 2015
MAR 23 School of Medicine 2015 Outstanding PhD Student Fellowships awarded to Rolando Ruiz-Vega and Hyun-Ik Jun
FEB 10New School of Medicine Fellowship for Outstanding PhD Students – Nominations due February 10th, 2015
JAN 08School of Medicine Research Roundtable is Launched

2014

DateDescription
DEC Are You Predisposed to the Effects of Air Pollution? MD/PHD Student Gives TEDxUCIrvine Talk
NOV George Chen, PhD student in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics awarded 2015 Public Impact Fellowship Honorable Mention
NOV Menglu Yuan, PhD student in Pharmacology and Toxicology awarded 2015 UCI/Stanley Behrens Public Impact Fellowship
NOV Jennifer Wu, MD and PhD student in Anatomy & Neurobiology awarded 2015 UCI /Stanley Behrens Public Impact Fellowship
MAR President Obama to Speak at UC Irvine Commencement Celebration

2013

DateDescription
DEC Sharine Wittkopp, MD/PhD student in the Environmental Health Sciences Department, receives prestigious 2013-2014 UC Irvine Stanley Behrens Public Impact Fellowship Award.
NOV Suzanne Klaus, MD/PhD student in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, was awarded the prestigious 2013-2014 Achievement Rewards for College Scientist (ARCS) Award
NOV Maria Inez Falcon, PhD student in Anatomy and Neurobiology ,was awarded the prestigious 2013-2014 Achievement Rewards for College Scientist (ARCS) Award
JAN 28Institute for Clinical & Translational Science Pre-Doctoral TL-1 Scholars Training Program due
JAN 11MS-BATS student David M. Tehrani, co-authors research paper “Discord among Performance Measures for Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infection” published in the journal of “Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology” - Vol. 34 No. 2.

2012

DateDescription
DEC Ryan Schutte, PhD student in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, awarded the prestigious 2012-2013 Stanley Behrens Public Impact Fellowship Award
SEP 24-25CONFERENCE: Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System / PANDAS - UCI Campus
SEP 20The National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites Applications for Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellowship Opportunities
SEP 14DEADLINE for Graduate Students interested in neuroimmunology, immunology or neurobiology to submit conference abstracts. The poster session will be Sept. 24th
JUN 1Armando Larraga, PhD, student researcher in the Department of Pharmacology, is awarded the prestigious Dissertation Year Fellowship.
JUN 1Celina Mojica, PhD, student researcher in the Department of Pharmacology, is awarded the distinguished Dissertation Year Fellowship.
MAY 31UC Irvine campus ranks fourth among young universities worldwide by "Times Higher Education" publication
MAY 17Richard Ahn, a Dept. of Epidemiology Doctoral Student, is co-author on the research paper "Association Analysis of the Extended MHC Region in Celiac Disease Implicates Multiple Independent Susceptibility Loci" published in "PLoS ONE" Journal - 2012 - NIH Funded Research
MAY 7JUNE 1st DEADLINE: Call for Applications from UC Irvine PhD or Masters students. The Gordon E. Hein Scholarship provides financial support to PhD and Masters' degree students (except MBA) who are legally blind, demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement and future promise.
APR 26Call for Applications from UC Irvine PhD or MD students. This NIH-funded (TL-1) training program is designed to integrate training in clinical research & translational science into the core curriculum of students in medicine, public health, nursing, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical & social sciences, physical sciences, engineering, & informatics. Submission DEADLINE is June 4, 2012.
APR 13Conor Cox, PhD, student researcher in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, is awarded a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation.
MAR 19"We expect (SpineAssist) technology to improve outcomes, shorten surgical times and enhance healing,” says UC Irvine's Dr. Nitin Bhatia.
MAR 15Dr. George Baerveldt, a UC Irvine professor of ophthalmology, has received the American Glaucoma Society's Innovator Award for extraordinary contributions to his field.
FEB 10Not Your Grandparent's Hearing Aid: A new iPhone app called EarTrumpet developed at UC Irvine's Beckman Laser Institute offers a low-cost alternative to hearing aids
JAN 25New School of Medicine master's program to foster biomedical and clinical research, preparing scientists to turn research into improved patient care.
JAN 24New School of Medicine master's program to foster biomedical and clinical research

2011

DateDescription
DEC 15MD/PhD Dual Degree Student Courtney Reynolds has been named as a 2011/12 recipient of a prestigious Public Impact Fellowship. She will be awarded a $10,000 prize by UC Irvine's Graduate Dean to support her ongoing research
DEC 10Dr. Leslie Lock has received a Pilot Project Award from the UCI Institute of Clinical and Translational Science in support of her project entitled "Normalizing the mutation that causes FSH muscular dystrophy in FSH induced pluripotent stem cells."
NOV 21MS-BATS Student David Tehrani was co-author on a research article; i.e., "Voluntary to Mandatory: Evolution of Strategies and Attitudes toward Influenza Vaccination" published in the journal of "Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology" - Vol. 33 No. 1, January 2012
NOV 17Richard Ahn, PhD student in Epidemiology, presented his research at the 9th annual UC Irvine Immunology Fair
OCT 13Richard Ahn, PhD student in Epidemiology, presented his research at the 61st annual meetings of The American Society of Human Genetics
NOV 17William Gordon, PhD student in Biological Chemistry, has authored a paper published in the "Journal of Investigative Dermatology"
SEPT 16UC Irvine to create medical business/technology incubator; portal aims to foster economic growth by nurturing start-ups
AUG 4UC Irvine named among 'Best in the West' by Princeton Review
JULY 22Piper Hollenbeck, PhD student in Anatomy & Neurobiology, presents a poster at the 2011 Society for Developmental Biology meetings in Chicago.
JULY John Scott Stevenson, PhD student in Biological Chemistry, co-authored a paper published in "Molecular Microbiology".
MAR 5Leona Bessonova, PhD student in Epidemiology, was invited by the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) to present her research findings on the risk of a second breast cancer associated with hormone receptors while at ASPO's 35th Annual Meeting
JAN 19Courtney Reynolds Murphy, a MD / PhD dual degree student, is co-author of a peer-reviewed paper on MRSA carriage in Orange County nursing homes - Published in the Jan, 2011 "Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology"
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