Graduate Programs Bulletin Board
CVM Graduate Student of the Month
Dr. Huixuan Liang was a Physiology graduate student in Dr. Troy Ghashghaei's lab here in MBS and CVM. Her research on studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating neural stem cell division and cell cycle regulation was completed at an outstanding rate and with exemplary productivity. Her work has resulted in a large research wing in the Ghashghaei lab centered on understanding how neural stem cells change from dividing symmetrically to asymmetrically during their life in the embryonic and postnatal brain. She embarked on this important function in neural stem cells by studying a transcription factor called Sp2 in collaboration with Dr. Jon Horowitz's lab. Huixuan will now start her postdoctoral work at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA on rodent models of stroke and how neural stem cells respond to pathological stimuli.
Dr. Ghashghaei says this about Huixuan: "Liang, as we called Huixuan in the lab, was simply one of the best graduate students I have seen during my 7 years as faculty here at NCSU. Liang exhibited the critical trait of completely immersing herself into the literature on the topics of neural stem cells, cell cycle regulation, and cytokinesis immediately after she started her graduate work. She rapidly became an expert on important topics, each of which is massive and intimidating and crosses multiple disciplines. Liang also had to take a multi-pronged approach to solve the mystery of how Sp2 regulates stem cell functions for her thesis work. This involved highly sophisticated and technically challenging in vivo and in vitro methods. An important technical finding from using these methods was published in the journal "Biology Open", and has been one of the most viewed publications over the last year. The fruit of Liang's work on Sp2 was published in January of 2013 in "Development", a premiere journal for various disciplines of developmental biology, . She also has another manuscript that will be submitted shortly. Liang will also be co-author on a number of ongoing studies that have now been taken over by other graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the lab. This level of outstanding work and research by Liang is exemplary for our graduate students in our college and university. As for Liang’s future, I have no doubt she will successfully accomplish her career goals, and I am confident she will contribute significantly to whatever field of study she decides will be her focus."
Huixuan comes from a small town in China called Zhongshan. She studied veterinary medicine for her bachelor's degree in Nanjing Agricultural University. This is what Huixuan says about her experience as a graduate student at CVM and NCSU: "It was during my internship in a small animal hosipital when I became very interested in molecular and cellular biology, and the work in Dr. Ghashghaei's lab on neural stem cell biology immediately caught my attention when I applied for graduate school. I especially benefited from the highly dynamic, productive and multicultural enviroment we have developed in the Ghashghaei lab, in which we learn a lot from each other through sharing ideas in science and in life. Outside of the lab, I enjoy zumba, billiard, photography, playing the keyboard and reading. As for the future, I look forward to applying my knowledge and skillset in medical research that would one day benefit animal and mankind."
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Fall 2013 Schedule
Thursday, September 19 12:30 – 1:30
Speaker: Dr. Robert Kelly
Topic: What to Expect in Graduate School
Location: RB 101
Thursday, October 17 12:30 – 1:30
Speaker: Kris Alpi
Topic: Maximizing the Potential of Search and Research Profile Tools
Location: RB 101
Thursday, November 14th 12:30 – 1:30
Speaker: Dr. Beth Overman
Topic: A Full Toolbox: Preparing Future Leaders, Your Guide to Thrive
Location: RB 101
Speaker: Nominate a Faculty Member
Topics: Round Table Discussion
Peter Ross earned a doctoral degree in Immunology, August 2012, under the direction of Dr. Paul Hess. Peter was recently awarded an Industrial Research Fellowship through the NC Biotechnology Center at Advanced Liquid Logic in the RTP.
Macarena Quintana Hayashi earned a doctoral degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Fall 2012, under the direction of Dr. Sid Thakur and Dr. Maria Correa. She has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy / Department of Medical Chemistry in Gothenburg, Sweden investigating the role of mucins during host defense against bacteria.
Jingjing Li earned a doctoral degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences in August 2012, under the direction of Dr. Shila Nordone and Dr. Mike Levy. She accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Scholar at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center with Dr. Wei Cao in the department of Immunology.
Tracy Hill earned a doctoral degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences in August 2012, under the direction of Dr. Anthony Blikslager. She accepted a position as a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine at The Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies at The University of Edinburgh.
Liping Meng earned a doctoral degree in Immunology in August 2012, under the direction of Dr. Mary Tompkins. She has accepted a position as an Intern at BioMedomics, Inc. in Durham, NC.
Petra Bizikova earned a doctoral degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences in Summer 2012, under the direction of Dr. Thierry Olivry. She accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in July 2012.
Arnaud Van Wettere earned a doctoral degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences in Summer 2012, under the direction of Dr. Phil Sannes and Dr. Seth Kullman. He has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Anatomical Pathology at NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
Rachel Cianciolo earned a doctoral degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences in Spring 2012, under the direction of Dr. John Cullen. She has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Nephropathology for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Renae Greiner earned a Master of Science degree in the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Program in Fall 2011. She began a position in spring 2012 as a Fisheries Biologist for Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Renae is currently working on a project with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, "Unassessed Waters Initiative". She is involved in training university and private partners in field data collection on presence/absence of the native brook trout. This indicator species helps classify the previously unsampled water in Pennsylvania to help protect streams against teh repercussions of fracking and coal mining.
Natalie Cherry earned a PhD degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences in spring of 2012, under the direction of Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt. She has accepted a position as General Supervisor and Staff Scientist at Galaxy Diagnostics in the RTP. Natalie will be testing for Bartonella species bacteria using an ePCR, or EnrichmentPCR, technique in both animal and humans. This testing platform is the most sensitive diagnostic test available for the detection of an active infection.
Susan Irvin earned a PhD degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences in the fall of 2011. Dr. Irvin accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY in the laboratory of Dr. Betsy Herold. One aim of the Herold Lab is to determine molecular factors, including contraceptive hormones, which contribute to a previously shown epidemiological link between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections in women. Susan’s initial focus is identifying the molecular mechanisms by which contraceptive hormones impact HIV infection.
Beth Overman earned a PhD degree in Physiology in Fall 2011. Dr. Overman will remain on board with NCSU as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biology Department in a new program that focuses on providing undergraduates with authentic scientific research experiences to enhance their learning in biology based programs, The Research PackTrack Program. Students who enter the program take courses on how to read, write, communicate science and spend a semester learning and becoming independent on basic laboratory techniques before they are placed in research labs around NCSU's campus where the student will work on their own independent project.
Teresa Green earned a PhD degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences in Spring 2011. Dr. Green accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency at Research Triangle Park, NC with the Integrated Systems Toxicology Division in February. Her research project involves in vitro and in vivo comparative studies of the bioavailability and toxicity health effects of silver nanomaterials.