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Of Note

Makarenkova Lab Abstract Selected as a ‘Hot Topic’

A study by Elena Makarenkova, assistant professor at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), and her colleagues has been selected as a “Hot Topic”—representing the newest and most innovative research—at the upcoming Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting in Denver.

The Hot Topic designation is granted to just six percent of abstracts submitted for the ARVO annual meeting. The largest gathering of eye and vision researchers in the world, the meeting attracts more than 11,000 attendees from more than 75 countries.

Makarenkova’s study, “Progenitor cell transplantation rescues lacrimal gland acinar structure in the thrombospondin-1 null (TSP-1-/-) mice,” focuses on identifying stem/progenitor cells and optimal conditions for their transplantation and lacrimal gland repair as a critical first step in the development of stem cell-based strategies to treat patients with severe dry eye conditions. For more information on the Makarenkova lab, visit her faculty page and laboratory website.

Jian He Wins International Precious Metals Institute Award

Jian He, fourth-year graduate student in the Yu lab, has won a 2015 Student Award from the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI), recognizing excellence and achievement in the field of precious metals.

A native of Wuhan, China, He’s research focuses on designing novel transition-metal catalysts to provide access to complex molecules and to develop libraries of unnatural amino acids with the goal of facilitating peptide synthesis and drug discovery. He will receive the award and present his research at the IPMI Annual International Conference in June in San Antonio, Texas.

SoF Announces Spring Travel Awards

The Society of Fellows (SoF) has announced the spring cycle California Postdoctoral Travel Award winners. The winning postdoctoral fellows, who will each receive up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses to present their work at a national or international scientific conference, are (in alphabetical order):

  • Jennifer Hazen of the Baldwin lab, presenting at the International Society for Stem Cell Research 2015 Annual Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mathieu Lavallee-Adam of the Yates lab, presenting at the 14th Human Proteome Organization’s World Congress in Vancouver, Canada
  • Sunitha Rangaraju of the Petrascheck lab, who has also served as SoF career development co-chair, presenting at the Chemical Biology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

The SoF will also award up to three travel grants in the fall cycle; the application deadline is October 1. Postdocs who have never attended a scientific meeting to present their current work are encouraged to apply; previously unsuccessful applicants are urged to re-apply. Visit the Travel Awards website for details.

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Some 20 participants from the Scripps Florida campus helped raise more than $200,000 for brain cancer research in the recent Florida Brain Cancer 5K, hosted by Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. Above, TSRI Associate Professor and team captain Derek Duckett (center) celebrates with Staff Scientist Sahba Tabrizifard (left) and Associate Professor Min Guo. (Photo by Alfred Clayton Photography)