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Natalia Junqueira Sumi is a recipient of a USF Office of Graduate Studies International Travel Grant. Students selected receive up to $2,000 toward travel to a conference outside the United States. Natalia will travel to Sicily to attend the Lipari School on Computational Life Sciences, Computational Drug Science and High-Precision Medicine, July 9-15, 2017. She will also participant in a poster session during the course. Congratulations, Natalia!

Jeremy Frieling has been selected to participate in the AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program this summer. This highly selective program places advanced undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations across the country. Jeremy will spend 10 weeks at the Raleigh News and Observer learning how to make science news easy for the public to understand. In its 42 year history, the program has supported over 670 fellows. Jeremy's fellowship is sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Congrats, Jeremy!

Courtney Schaal, right, is pictured with her Major Professor, Dr. Srikumar Chellappan, at USF Commencement held on December 10, 2016. Courtney is the 50th graduate in the Program's 15 year history!

Brent was selected to give an Oral Presentaton of his abstract "Ceritinib inhibits ALK-negative non-small cell lung cancer through a non-canonical polypharmacology mechanism" during the 2016 Moffitt Scientific Symposium on May 6.

Melissa Martinez also presented her abstract "Personalized Detection of Multiple Myeloma Tumor Burden"during the morning session of the Symposium.

Ashley Basiorka was the third student selected to give an oral presentation of her abstract which was titled: "Identification of Pyroptotic ASC Specks as a Diagnostic Biomarker for Myelodysplastic Syndromes".

Sridevi Challa, won an award in the Translational Science category for her poster titled: "Activation of EphA2/IKBKE by PARP inhibitor: a mechanism and a critical target of PARP inhibitor resistance".

Ashley Basiorka, far right, is shown with Dr. Sheng Wei and Dr. Erika Eksioglu at ASH 2016. Ashley received a Cancer Biology Travel award to attend the conference and present a poster on her graduate research.

Shonagh Russell is pictured with her poster during the ISCam 2016 Conference held in Brussels, Belgium in October. Shonagh received a Cancer Biology Travel Award to help her attend the conference.

Brent Kuenzi, fourth year student in Dr. Uwe Rix's lab, has been notified that his F99/K00 application was selected for funding. The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award is to "encourage outstanding late-stage graduate students with a demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent researchers by facilitating the successful transition to their postdoctoral positions". The award is designed to fund up to 2 years toward completing the Ph.D. dissertation research and then fund 3-4 years of mentored postdoctoral research. Congratulations, Brent!

Courtney Schaal, a fifth year graduate student in Dr. Srikumar Chellappan's lab, is first author on a review paper, "Nicotine-Mediated Cell Proliferation and Tumor Progression in Smoking-Related Cancers" which was recognized during the 2016 AACR Annual Meeting as one of the most highly cited Molecular Cancer Research articles published in 2014! The abstract is contained in The Best of the AACR Journals: 2014 Papers. Great work, Courtney!