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Basic science students receive awards for excellent proposals

Written Comp Awards to (from left) basic science students Cassandra Strohbach, Lisandra Perez, and Melanie Mediavilla-Valera.
H. Roger Hadley, MD (left), dean of School of Medicine, and Lawrence Sowers, PhD, associate dean of basic science faculty, present annual Written Comp Awards to (from left) basic science students Cassandra Strohbach, Lisandra Perez, and Melanie Mediavilla-Valera.
Basic science students Melanie Mediavilla-Valera, Lisandra Perez, and Cassandra Strohbach, were each recognized during the basic science seminar on February 1, 2007, for their submission of excellent research proposals. These proposals, which are on a topic other than that of their dissertation work, were submitted as a part of the process by which PhD students in the department of biochemistry and microbiology in the School of Medicine (SM) are admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree, and represent a major milestone for these students.

Ms. Mediavilla-Valera works in the laboratory of Carlos Casiano, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology/ molecular genetics, School of Medicine. Her proposal was titled “Mechanism of mismatch repair protein inactivation by HIF-1 alpha in vulval carcinogenesis.”

Ms. Perez is working toward her PhD in the laboratory of Tom Linkhart, PhD, research professor, SM. The title of her proposal was “Regulation of insulin like growth factor binding protein-5 and osteoblast functions by nuclear factor I.”

Ms. Strohbach works in the laboratory of Donna Strong, PhD, associate research professor, SM. The title of her proposal was “TWIST regulation of prostate cancer metastasis to bone.”

Ms. Mediavilla-Valera and Ms. Perez received awards for their performance during the 2005 administration of the exam, while Ms. Strohbach received her award for her performance during the 2006 administration.

By Nancy Bethel

TODAY news for Thursday, March 12, 2007