Congratulations to Professor Frank Conlon, (UNC Biology) and Ilena Cristea (Princeton University) who were awarded a four-year R01 grant from the NIH, entitled “Functional investigation of the TBX20 cardiac interactome.” The studies will establish the mechanisms of how the cardiac transcription factor TBX20 is causative to human congenital heart disease.
Associate Professor Gregory Copenhaver is an inventor on a U.S. patent entitled “Methods for Generating or Increasing Revenues from Crops” (8,981,183) that issued on March 17, 2015. This patent describes how to generate transgenic sugarcane plants using engineered chromosomes. Sugarcane is one of the world’s biggest crops and is an important source of biofuel. READ THE PATENT INFORMATION >>
Biology Distinguished Professor & Chair Victoria Bautch was elected to co-chair the “Developmental Vascular Biology and Genetics Meeting” sponsored by NAVBO (North American Vascular Biology Organization) in 2017. Brian Black of the University of California-San Francisco is the other co-chair. “NAVBO provides a forum for vascular biologists who are either in the traditional basic science disciplines (structural/molecular biology, cell biology, physiology) or studying the pathogenesis and treatment of human disease in disciplines such as medicine, pathology, and surgery.”
Biology Distinguished Professor & Chair Victoria Bautch was recently appointed to the International Scientific Advisory Board for the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Muenster, Germany. Investigating the formation of cells, tissues and organs, the Institute’s work is dedicated to three areas – stem cell research, inflammation processes, and blood vessel growth.