Student news (InTouch Spring 2008)


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Jennifer Krcmery from the laboratory of Hans-Georg Simon, PhD, was one of three graduate students invited to present at the 7th Annual Cardiovascular Developmental Biology Symposium at the Medical University of South Carolina, March 19–21. The title of her talk was “The role of the Tbx5 interactor, LMP4, during mouse embryogenesis.”

 Camarata_Spring08Troy Camarata, a graduate student in the Simon laboratory, was awarded a platform presentation entitled “Tbx5 subcellular regulation by LMP4 during pectoral fin development” at the Experimental Biology meeting held April 5–9 in San Diego. The Experimental Biology meeting is sponsored by several national scientific societies and was attended by over 13,000 participants. In addition to the platform presentation, Camarata is an American Association of Anatomists Langman Graduate Student Platform Presentation Award finalist. He and five other students were selected from all submitted student abstracts. Camarata presented his work at a special AAA Langman Graduate Student Award session on April 5.

Hans-Georg Simon is assistant professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and Bernard L. Mirkin Scholar in the Developmental Biology Program of Children's Memorial Research Center.

Christina Khodr, PhD, and Qin Chang, PhD, will each present research at the 11th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Gene Therapy in May, in Boston. Khodr’s talk is entitled “Alpha-synuclein gene silencing by adeno-associated viral vectormediated delivery of a specific shRNA in the substantia nigra results in reduced tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactivity.” Chang’s talk is entitled “Molecular, cellular and behavioral characterization of a tetracycline-regulated rAAV vector for human aromatic amino acid decarboxylase in a rat model of Parkinson’s disease.“

Both are postdoctoral fellows in the laboratory of Martha C. Bohn, PhD, professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and director of the Neurobiology Program of Children's Memorial Research Center. Bohn is the Medical Research Institute Council Professor of Neurobiology.

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