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Recent IMSD Publications & Awards

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IMSD Publications

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Successful IMSD students publish one or more research articles upon graduation. Select 2020-2021 publications include:

Christian Valladolid Brown, Secretion of von Willebrand Factor and Suppression of ADAMTS-13 Activity by Markedly High Concentration of Ferritin. Clin. Aopl. Thromb Hemost. 2021 PMID: 33539188

Darius Devlin, Knockout of mouse receptor accessory protein 6 leads to sperm function and morphology defects. Biol Reprod. 2020. PMID: 32101290

Jessica Felix, Ube2i deletion in adipocytes causes lipoatrophy in mice. Molecular Metabolism. 2021 PMID: 33771728

Jessica Felix, Acetyl-CoA and Metabolite Fluxes Regulate White Adipose Tissue Expansion. Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2021. PMID: 33712368

Grady Gastelum, Molecular mechanisms of pulmonary carcinogenesis by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): Implications for human lung cancer. Semin Cancer Biol. 2021 PMID: 34242741

Janet Bruno-Gaston, Prevalence of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in Patients with McCune Albright Syndrome. 2021. PMID: 34118374

Sabrina Green, Targeting of Mammalian Glycans Enhances Phage Predation in the Gastrointestinal Tract. mBio 2021. PMID: 33563833

Leah Kafer, Calcium-Regulated Protein CarP Responds to Multiple Host Signals and Mediates Regulation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Virulence by Calcium. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2021. PMID: 33674436

Alisha Kardian, ZFTA-RELA Dictates Oncogenic Transcriptional Programs to Drive Aggressive Supratentorial Ependymoma. Cancer Discovery. 2021. PMID: 33741710

Andrew Lopez, Dynamic Imaging of Mouse Embryos and Cardiac Development in Static Culture. Methods Mol. Biol. 2021. PMID: 32754815

Marissa Minor, Hepatitis B Virus HBx Protein Mediates the Degradation of Host Restriction Factors through the Cullin 4 DDB1 E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Complex. Cells 2020. PMID: 32235678

Oscar Murillo, Dissecting the contribution of host genetics and the microbiome in complex behaviors. Cell 2021. PMID: 33705688

Larry Scott, Jr., From Neutrophil Calcium Sensor to Myocardial Remodeling-A Double-Edged Pathway Guided by the Inflammasome. Can J. Cardiol. 2020. PMID: 32173053

Doris Taylor, Identifying Oxacillinase-48 Carbapenemase Inhibitors Using DNA-Encoded Chemical Libraries. ACS Infectious Disease. 2020. PMID: 32182432

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2020/2021 Recent IMSD Awardees

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Lehman Award Commencement Speaker
Sabrina Green, 2021

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Predoctoral Fellowship
Jacob Ortega, 2020
Gabriella Perez, 2020

National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Research Award Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)
Kali Deans-Fielder, 2021
Andrea Ortiz, 2021
Matthew Penna, 2021
Navish Bosquez, 2020

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Alyssa Paparella, 2020

American Society of Hematology Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award
Marcus Florez, 2020

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Baylor College of Medicine Awards

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Outstanding BCM Graduate Student

  • Deborah K. Martin Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Student and/or Deborah K. Martin Award Nominee
  • Richard Dickason Award for Outstanding
  • Outstanding Urology Student
  • Best Teaching Assistant
     

Entering Students

  • BCM Presidential Students
  • BRASS Scholars
  • DeBakey Scholars
  • Mary Greenwood Scholar
     

Academic Awards

  • MSTP Program Award for Basic Sciences
  • Claude W. Smith Awards from Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences
  • Anthony R. Means Award from MCB
  • John Trenton Award for Academic Excellence
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National and International Awards

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  • American Psychological Society Minority Neuroscience Fellowship
  • Ford Foundation Minority Pre-doctoral Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation Minority Fellowship
  • Neuroscience Society Pre-doctoral Fellowship
  • UNCF/Merck Pre-doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
  • HHMI Gilliam Fellowship
  • Co-investigator Children's Cancer Research Fund
  • NIH National Research Service Awards
  • MARC Pre-doctoral NRSA Fellowships
  • AHA
  • Department of Defense Cancer Pre-doctoral Fellowships
  • SACNAS Poster Awards
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
  • Young Investigator's Award
  • Award of Excellence Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies
  • ASPET Doris Shockley Best Abstract Award
  • Endocrine Society Presidential Poster Finalist
  • Endocrine Society Minority Mentoring Poster Award
  • FOCIS Trainee Satellite Symposium Research Award
  • Gordon Conference Best PhD Poster
  • WAESCO Third Place Research Award
  • Society of Toxicology
  • Cambridge Health Institute of Cancer Models Symposium First Place Research
  • FASEB Poster Award Vision Research
  • Weintraub Award to Outstanding U.S. Ph.D. Students
  • American Society of Cell Biology
  • FEBS Course: International ABC Proteins: Young Investigator Award
  • 11th International Congress of Human Genetics-Best Poster Presentation
  • International Tularemia Conference
  • EAPSI Fellowship (Singapore)
  • Nominated to attend Nobel Prize Lectures
  • Selected to Attend Nobel Prize Lecturers Meeting in Germany
  • Congress on Human Genetics
  • International Workshop of Neuroendocrinology Bronze Medal Poster Award
  • NIH Supplements to Mentors’ Grants
  • Lynch Addiction Research Award
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Houston Area Fellowships

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  • BCM Licensing Group Internship
  • Houston Area Biophysics Grant
  • Keck Nanobiology Training Fellowship
  • CPRIT Fellowship
  • Genes and Environment
  • National Library of Medicine
  • Keck Pharmacological Sciences
  • Keck Center Fellowships for Interdisciplinary Bioscience Training
  • Pharmacoinformatics Keck Fellowship
  • Lynch Addiction Research Award
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Leadership Awards/Medical Awards

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  • Houston Outreach Medicine Education & Social Services Clinic
  • Award for Outstanding Leadership Potential
  • M.D./Ph.D. Program Service Award
  • M.D./Ph.D. Highest Honors
  • Woman of Wonder - Quaker Oats Award
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Mentoring/Professional Development Programs

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  • AARC Scholar-in-Training
  • Endocrine Society FLARE Award
  • Endocrine Society FLARE Internship
  • FASEB Teaching/Mentoring Award
  • GlaxoSmithKline Summer Internship
  • Interdisciplinary Res Train Inst Human Drug Abuse
  • Jackson Laboratory Molecular Genetics Course
  • Neuroscience Society Scholar
  • Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program
  • UCSB Summer Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • National Minority Research Forum
  • Biotechnology Institute Minority and Indigenous Fellows Program
  • American Society of Microbiology Science Teaching Fellowship Program
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Post-Doctoral Scholarship
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Travel Awards

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  • AARC Travel Award
  • ABC Protein International Conference
  • American Society for Cell & Gene Therapy
  • ARVO Conference
  • ASCB Conference
  • American Society for Cell & Gene Therapy
  • American Society Human Genetics
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Physiological Society travel
  • Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry: Translational Research in Addiction
  • Cold Spring Harbor Asia
  • Building Future Faculty
  • Developmental Biology Conference
  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence Scientific Meeting
  • EMBO Intern Conference
  • FASEB Conference ASPET
  • FASEB MARC Travel Awards
  • Gordon Conference
  • Hypertension Canada
  • International Congress on Human Genetics
  • International Gordon Conference
  • International Neuroendocrinology Workshop
  • Johnson & Johnson Travel Award
  • Keystone Conference
  • NIAAA to NHSN International Scientific Conference
  • SACNAS Conference
  • Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
  • Society for Study of Reproduction
  • Tenneco Fellow. NeuroStereology Workshop
  • Woods Hole Marine Biological Lab
  • US-South America Neuroscience Workshop
  • ASPET Washington Fellow
  • 2014 CPDD Oral Presentation
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Research Awards

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  • BCM Graduate Student Symposium
    • Outstanding Platform Presentation
    • Commendation for Platform Presentation
    • First Place Poster
    • Second Place Poster
    • Third Place Poster
    • Poster Finalists
    • Honorable Mention
  • BCM/UT Research Symposium Awards
  • Biochemistry Retreat Awards
  • Breast Center Retreat Awards
  • Claude W. Smith Award
  • Huffington Center on Aging Retreat Awards
  • Immunology Retreat Awards
  • M.D./Ph.D Program Retreat Awards
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Retreat Awards
  • Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Molecular Virology and Microbiology Retreat Awards
  • Molecular Surgeon Young Investigator
  • Structural Computational Biology & Molecular Biophysics Retreat Awards
  • Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine Awards
  • University of Houston Neuroscience Research Center
  • Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Retreat Awards
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Selected Accomplishments

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Underrepresented students have found tremendous success at Baylor College of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Victor Acevedo, Ph.D., showed that fibroblast growth factor receptor-1 (FGF1) plays a role in the initiation, progression and maintenance of prostate cancer and found a potential window to slow or even reverse early stage prostate cancer.

Claudia Arambula [Geldres], Ph.D. Found that chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan (CSPG4)-redirected T lymphocytes could be used to treat a variety of solid tumors, and observed that combining CSPG4 T-cells and TSP1 increased the anti-tumor ability of the T-cells.

Lori Banks, Ph.D. Studied β-lactamase antibiotic resistance and
found that for the IMP-1 enzyme, substitutions at Asn233 increased,whereas substitutions at Cys221 decreased antibiotic resistance. Also found that Ser237 and Arg276 co-evolved to promote antibiotic resistance in the TEM-1 β-lactamase

William Buitrago, Ph.D., created a transgenic mouse model of a human disease that causes skin blistering and found a way to use siRNA to cure it.

Carlos Cantu, III, Ph.D., and Cristina Materon, Ph.D., identified regions of ß-lactamase that affect antibiotic resistance.

Anjelica Gonzalez, Ph.D., created a computerized microscopic system that she used to identify six molecules that are important in neutrophil attachment, spreading or migration.

Cristhian Ildefonso, Ph.D., Found that adenovirus could be used aa safe transgene vector within the eye and that the interaction between hyaluronan and CD44 helped increase adenoviral transgene expression, useful for gene therapy for ocular oncologic and degenerative diseases.

Rossitza Irobalieva, Ph.D., Solved the 3-dimensional structure of an RNA associated with HIV— at the time the smallest structure ever solved by cryo-EM and the largest structures solved by NMR. Her data may be useful for developing a vaccine to prevent AIDS.

Alaina James, M.D., Ph.D., identified effects of mutations in the androgen receptor from prostate tumors.

Richard King, M.D., Ph.D., developed a computer model to explain spacing of neurotransmitter release sites.

Christian Marin Muller, Ph.D., Patented a microRNA (MiR-198)that can attenuate pancreatic cancer, and founded a cancer therapy company, Speratum, in Costa Rica. He is currently serving on the Scientific Ethics Committee for the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica. [2014 TED talk (https://youtu.be/mqDOVmLWrKM)] (in Spanish).

Francisco Naya, Ph.D., cloned a factor regulating the insulin gene and produced a transgenic mouse model of diabetes.

Aaron Orozco, Ph.D., developed a method to enrich fetal DNA from the mother’s blood to avoid invasive prenatal diagnosis of disease.

Meagan Pitcher, Ph.D., demonstrated that the pR255X mutation within MECP2 could be rescued by introduction of wild-type, full length MECP2, which is mutated and truncated in Rett syndrome, a devastating neurodegenerative disease.

Ashley Ramirez Herrick, Ph.D., Used gene expression microarray profiling to distinguish subsets of tumors based on their expression of kinases and identified therapeutic targets in estrogen receptor a negative breast cancer samples.

Ramiro Ramirez-Solis, Ph.D., produced the first line of embryonic stem cell derived transgenic mice at Baylor.

Jonathan Respress, Ph.D., Observed that chronic phosphorylation of ryanodine receptor type 2 (RyR2) leads to RyR2-mediated Ca2+ leak, which accelerates the development of heart failure

Wilmer Roberts, M.D., Ph.D., discovered that a drug in testing to treat high blood pressure caused failure in embryonic chicken and mouse heart development.

Maria Rodriguez-Rozas, Ph.D., developed a bimolecular fluorescence method to screen 8000 proteins and identified those that interact with the BRCA1 tumor suppressor.

Javier Sanchez, Ph.D., discovered a new mechanism by which the protein implicated in Alzheimer’s disease causes memory loss.

Hector Sandoval, Ph.D., found the first evidence of specific targeting of mammalian mitochondria for degradation during red blood cell development which may be applicable to treating people with some types of anemia, neurodegenerative diseases, or cancer.

Nancy Urizar, Ph.D., published a Science paper defining the mechanism by which a natural product, gugglesterone, lowered cholesterol was featured in hundreds of television, radio, magazine, newspaper and website communications worldwide, including CNN.