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James DeGregori receives endowed chair in lung cancer research.
Kirk Hansen recently received the 2016 LCI Challenge Award.
Changwei Liu recently received the 2016 LCI Challenge Award.
David Pollock has been awarded an R01. "Modeling Evolution of Functional Context in Proteins"
David Bentley has been awarded an NIGMS R35 MIRA award.
Aaron Johnson has been awarded an NIGMS R35 MIRA Award
Jeffrey Kieft​ has been awarded an NIGMS R35 MIRA Award
James Sikela has been awarded an NIH R01 “Investigation of DUF1220 domains in human brain function and disease”​
Hongjin Zheng​ has been awarded a Boettcher Foundation Grant
James Sikela published a paper linking DUF1220 copy number with schizophrenia risk and severity. Read the article here.

Robert Hodges (cycling), and his sister Barbara Hodges (swimming) and his sister's husband, Ron VanMeenan (running) won the Gold in the mixed team triathlon at the Huntsman World Senior Games (10,448 competitors) in St. George, Utah
Read more here.

Congratulations to Aga Kendrick, PhD 2016!
Congratulations to Michael Holliday, PhD 2016!
Congratulations to Becky Fusby, PhD 2016!
Bob Sclafani was interviewed in CytoSource section of the journal “ Cancer Cytopathology” issue of Sept 16, 2015, the official journal of the American Cancer Society: "Assessing the aftermath of an alcohol-fueled weekend: Alcohol-induced DNA damage and faulty repairs may raise the risk of certain cancers, but resveratrol could provide some relief" Read more here
David Bentley has a recently accepted manuscript in Molecular Cell "Effects of transcription elongation rate and Xrn2 exonuclease activity on RNA polymerase II termination suggest widespread kinetic competition"
Elan Eisenmesser Jeffrey Kieft, Mark Gregory have all been awarded a Cancer League of Colorado Grant.
Congratulations to Veronica Searles, PhD 2015!
Congratulations to Suzi Bryan, PhD 2015!
Congratulations to Melanie Blevins, PhD 2015!
Congratulations to Yumeng Hao, PhD 2015!
Congratulations to Julie Woodman, PhD 2015!
Rui Zhao has recently been awarded an NIH R01 Grant “Structure and function of U5 snRNP” and an NIH R21 Grant "Developing cancer therapies through targeting the SIX1/Eya transcriptional complex."
Changwei Liu has recently been awarded a Linda Crnic Institute Grant.
James DeGregori has recently been awarded an NIH R21 Grant "Nrf2-mediated impaired hematopoietic stem cell fitness following irradiation."
Bob Sclafani was quoted in the Chemical and Engineering News about his talk on yeast molecular genetics and craft beer brewing in Colorado at the American Chemical Society Meeting last month. Read the full article here.
Jeffrey Kieft was recently mentioned in articles by The Guardian and also Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. The Guardian, GEN.
Jeffrey Kieft's Laboratory recently published this research in nature,
James DeGregori received CO-Pilot Independent Faculty Awards from the CCTSI. "Analyzing changes in human hematopoietic mutational landscapes with age."
Recent publication accepted in Nature by Jeffrey Kieft and lab. Read the paper here.
Robert Sclafani was recently named scientist of the week by Laboratory Equipment. See more here.
James Sikela's research was recently featured in this press release from Nature, "Gibbon genome and the fast karyotype evolution of small apes." See more here.
Jeffrey Kieft's research was recently highlighted in the HHMI bulletin. See more here.
James Sikela's research was recently highlighted in the new issue of GENETICS.
Elan Eisenmesser was recently awarded a new R01 "Combining chemical shift-based and experimental approaches to study enzyme dynamics."
Rui Zhao was recently awarded two new grants: a R21 and Alex's Lemonade Stand.
James Sikela was recently awarded a new grant from the Simons Foundation "DUF1220 CON1 dosage effects in Autism Spectrum Disorder."
Elan Eisenmesser was recently selected as one of this year's Graduate School Dean's Mentoring Award recipients. This award was created by the Graduate School to recognize and honor excellence in mentoring by the graduate faculty.
Jeffrey Kieft and lab published two recent papers that may help scientists develop treatment or vaccines for Dengue fever, West Nile virus, Yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and other disease-causing flaviviruses. See these papers on these enclosed links in addition to the recent UCD press release. Link 1 Link 2 Link 3
Mark Johnston was recently featured in the GSA Reporter "Conversations with the Editors of GSA Journals" More
James DeGregori was recently awarded a grant from the Linda Crnic Institute "Study increase in leukemia incidence and other problems with blood cell production, including reduced immunity." More
Aaron Johnson was recently awarded a grant from the Linda Crnic Institute "Reconstitute chromosome 21 in the test tube to understand how it can be turned off by an RNA molecule." More
James Sikela's autism research was featured on Fox 31 news as well as the CU Newsroom and
Link 1 Link 2 Link 3

Scientists from the University of Colorado School of Medicine who sequenced the genome of the Burmese python have discovered large numbers of rapidly evolved genes in snakes. More

The Burmese python genome reveals the molecular basis for extreme adaptation in snakes. PNAS 1314475110
The king cobra genome reveals dynamic gene evolution and adaptation in the snake venom system. PNAS 1314702110

Related write-ups:
New Scientist ("Snakes outpacing other vertebrates in race to evolve"), ScienceNow ("How Snakes Got Their Extreme Makeovers"), Agence France-Presse ("Genome reveals secrets to Burmese python's big appetite"; also picked up by globalpost), ScienceDaily ("Secrets to 'Extreme Adaptation' Found in Burmese Python Genome"), LiveScience ("Python's Extreme Eating Abilities Explained"), DailyNews ("Secrets to ‘Extreme Adaptation’ Found in Burmese Python Genome"), Denver News ("Burmese python genome reveals extreme adaptation")

Kirk Hansen was recently awarded a DOD Idea Award "Define Tumor-Suppressive Signatures and How They Change upon Loss of Tumor Dormancy."
Rui Zhao was recently awarded a STTR and BDEG grant along with Heide Ford in Pharmacology.
The American Peptide Society has awarded Robert S. Hodges (University of Colorado - Denver) the Murray Goodman Scientific Excellence & Mentorship Award endowed by Zelda Goodman. The Goodman Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated career-long research excellence in the field of peptide science. In addition, the selected individual should have been responsible for significant mentorship and training of students, post-doctoral fellows, and/or other co-workers. More
James DeGregori, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, will use mouse models to ask whether the increase in leukemias associated with Down syndrome is actually caused by stem cell defects. The study could indicate ways to improve blood cell function and prevent leukemias in people with Down syndrome. More
David Bentley was recently awarded an NIH grant "Mis-regulation of mRNA poly (A) site selection in cancer cells (PQ11)."
Aaron Johnson was featured in the 5.1.13 newsletter from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.  Dr. Aaron Johnson received his PhD from Rockefeller University and is presently Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at UC Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. His work focuses on the formation and regulation of chromatin domains and their ultimate roles in the nucleus. More
Jay Hesselberth was recently awarded a four-year grant from the American Cancer Society, “Mechanisms governing deoxyuridine content in DNA”.
Research led by Jeffrey Kieft reveals new hepatitis C secrets that could lead to treatment. Continued.... ​
The Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) recently awarded Rui Zhao the Team Science Award.
James Sikela was recently awarded a 2012 Butcher Seed Grant. Continued...
Mark Johnston has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Continued...
With the help of three new grants, James DeGregori hopes to add ammunition to the fight against cancer. Continued...
Jay R. Hesselberth is one of five scientists with novel approaches to fighting cancer who are 2012 recipients of the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award.

Robert Hodges has been awarded the Merrifield Award
Jeffrey Kieft has been awarded an NIH R21 grant to research the ZIKA virus​
James DeGregori has been awarded a V Foundation Translational Research Grant
Rui Zhao​ has been awarded a CCTSI Pilot Grant and a UCCC MO Translational Award
Jay Hesselberth​ has been awarded an NIGMS R35 MIRA Award​

Jeffrey Kieft​ has been awarded an R01 from the NIH Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Rui Zhao​ was awarded an R01 grant with Heide Ford from the National Cancer Institute, and a CCTRA grant from Cancer Center​

D’Alessandro has been awarded a Challenge Grant from the Crnic Foundation

Bob Sclafani and Jay Hesselberth​ published a paper this month with co-first authors Molecular Biology students, Dan Rossbach and Suzie Bryan, “Localization of Cdc7 Protein Kinase During DNA Replication in Saccharomyces cerevisiae” in G3:Genes, Genomes and Genetics. One of the figures was also highlighted on the Journal’s home page.

James Sikela's song “I Love DNA” was featured in the ASHG Blog​ 

Jeffrey Kieft's research is in the news. Read the Learning from the best article​ on Research Features