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Breanne Yingling wins 2017 Award for Best Overall Presenter

Breanne Yingling won the 2017 Award for Best Overall Presenter at the Allegheny-Erie regional chapter meeting of Society of Toxicology. She was voted as the best overall presenter by the judges.

“The Effects of Pulmonary CoExposure to Diesel Particulate Matter and Crystalline Silica in Rats using Two Models of Exposure”

https://www.toxicology.org/groups/rc/Allegheny/index.asp

The Class of 2019 has selected Dr. Slawomir Lukomski as this year’s recipient of the Percival L. MacLachlan Award. 

This award was established in 1963 and recognizes "a teacher who demonstrated unusual teaching ability and a sincere interest in the progress of the entire class." This award is selected by the second year in recognition for excellence in teaching basic medical sciences and is sponsored by the School of Medicine Alumni Association.

The award will be announced and presented at the annual School of Medicine Awards Convocation Thursday, May 11, 5:00 pm, Fukushima Auditorium. 

http://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/md-student-services/awards/percival-l-maclachlan-award/

The 45th Annual Autumn Immunology Conference was held on November 18-21 in Chicago 

Two junior undergraduate students from the Immunology and Medical Microbiology Program attended with faculty member, Dr. Jennifer Franko.  Kensey Bergdorf was awarded The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Undergraduate Award for best abstract titled, "Inhibition of glioblastoma multiforme tumors following exposure to N-(3, 4-dichlorophenyl)-N-methylpropanamide (NMeDCPA)" (Authors: Kensey Bergdorf, John Barnett, PhD.).  John Nowery took home The Trends in Immunology Award for best undergraduate poster presentation titled, "Nitric Oxide Stimulates JAK1-dependent Inflammatory Gene Expression in Primary Astrocytes" (Authors: John Nowery, Gordon Meares, Ph.D.).

Beth Bachert successfully defended her P.h.D. dissertation on Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

“Streptococcal collagen-like protein 1, Scl1, modulates group A Streptococcus adhesion, biofilm formation and virulence”

IMMP and IMMB Students win awards at the American Society for Microbiology Meeting

The American Society for Microbiology Meeting was held on November 11-12 at Penn State Behrend, Erie PA.  This meeting was organized by the Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis graduate student, Emel  Sen, received 2nd place in the graduate oral presentation titled, “FpvA Peptide Vaccine Confers Protection against P. aeruginosa Infections in Acute Murine Pneumonia.”  Emel is a second year graduate student in Dr. Mariette Barbier’s Laboratory.

Immunology and Medical Microbiology undergraduate student, Katherine DeRoos received 1st place in the undergraduate poster session category, “medical microbiology,”  titled,” “Evaluating the Role of Interleukin-17 in Bordetella pertussis Infection Using a GFP Mouse Model.’’  Katherine is a junior undergraduate student working in Dr. Heath Damron’s Laboratory.

Cynthia McMillen successfully defended her P.h.D. dissertation on Friday, November 11, 2016

Development of Inducible Anti-influenza Therapies