Student news (InTouch Fall 2008)

student_newsColleen Morrison, MD, completed medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and a residency in Pediatrics at Loyola University Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital. She is in the second year of a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant at Children’s Memorial, and has joined Mary J.C. Hendrix’s laboratory to complete her fellowship. Morrison will be focusing her efforts on expression profiles of specific proteins in pediatric leukemia cells, and will attempt to delineate their function in leukemogenesis.

InTouch_SissonPostdoctoral fellow Barbara Sisson, PhD, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH. The title of the grant is “The role of RhoA and its targets in craniofacial cartilage morphogenesis.” Craniofacial abnormalities pose an enormous burden to individuals, their families and the health care system as a whole. This proposal will strengthen understanding of the mechanism used to properly develop craniofacial cartilage. By utilizing zebrafish as a model to determine how normal cartilage forms, Sisson hopes to gain insight into the potential causes of many craniofacial defects, which in turn may lead to new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to treat these abnormalities. Sisson’s advisor is Jacek Topczewski, PhD, assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School and member of the Developmental Biology Program of the research center.

By Suzan Hammond

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