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January

Drs. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh, Yuan Liu, and Irina Agoulnik received a $50,000 grant to fund the first year of a 2-year project to investigate prostate cancer treatment.

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Dr. Thirunavukkarasu Annamalai, Assistant Research Scientist from Professor Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh’s research group in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, presented his research entitled “Screening for Novel Leads Towards Antibacterial Compounds Targeting Bacterial Topoisomerase I” at the Florida Drug Discovery Acceleration Program Collaborator Conference on January 23rd, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, FL.

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Dr. Fenfei Leng, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, recently had his research proposal entitled “Screening anticancer compounds targeting HMGA2-DNA interactions” accepted into the 2014 Florida Translational Research Program (FTRP) at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.

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Ms. Iru Paudel, graduate student from the Department of Cellular Biology and Pharmacology, has been selected to receive a prestigious Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Travel Award to present her research entitled “Identification of novel chemotherapies targeting mitochondria-cell communication” at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s (ASBMB) Annual Meeting.

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February

Physics assistant professor Jin He has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award to investigate 3D extracellular potential distribution at single cell level.

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At the invitation of the National Institute of Health (NIH), Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh, Director of the Biomolecular Sciences Institute and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will serve on NIH NIAID Special Emphasis Review Panel.

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Dr. Rüdiger Ettrich, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Institute of Nanobiology and Structural Biology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic hosted a lecture.

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March

Congratulations to Dr. Anthony J. McGoron, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, who was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) on March 16, 2015.

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Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh, Director of the Biomolecular Sciences Institute and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, gave an invited seminar at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), Laboratory of Genetics in Baltimore, Maryland on March 10, 2015.

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Two undergraduate students in Dr. Leng’s research group, have recently invented an innovative method to screen anticancer drugs.

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April

Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine's Assistant Professor, Helen Tempest, wins the Innovation in Academia Award for Science and Technology.

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Congratulations to MARC U*STAR Fellow, Ricardo Perez Dulzaides on being selected as the Robert J. Smiddy Excellence in Undergraduate Research awardee.

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Three of our National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates scholars have been recognized with prestigious awards.

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Dr. Konstantinos Kavallieratos and collaborators have invented a family of new Organometallic Nitric Oxide Fluorescent Sensors.

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The American Society for Mass Spectrometry has named Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima, as an “Emerging Investigator”.

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May

The 2015 Top Scholars Awards Ceremony honoring FIU faculty took place April 27 at the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential House. BSI faculty from Chemistry and Physics were recognized for their distinctive achievements by President Rosenberg.

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June

Dr. Chenzhong Li, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and affiliated BSI faculty member, has worked in collaboration with John Cirrito, associate professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, which has led to significant advances in the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.

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July

Dr. Kevin O'Shea has been recognized with a Faculty Award in Research and Creative Activities. He will receive the award at Faculty Convocation in Fall 2015.

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August

Dr. Sakhrat Khizroev will give a talk on how nanotechnology is being used to help treat ovarian cancer.

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This summer was fulled with major breakthroughs for the growing Interdisciplinary Nuclear Research Program, which received four major awards! The awards total to an excess of 1 million dollars.

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September

Dr. Eric Bishop-Von Wettberg and Dr. Kevin O'Shea are recent awardees in FIU's annual Faculty Convocation.

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FIU Research Group submits US patent application for high throughput screening assays of drugs against DNA and RNA binding proteins, the so-called “undrugable” targets.

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Matthew DeGennaro’s review article “The mysterious multi-modal repellency of DEET“ featured on the cover of Fly journal

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October

Qingxuan Zhou, Biochemistry PhD student received an award for second place in Outstanding Oral Presentation at the annual meeting of the Florida Branch of American Society for Microbiology

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As part of the young investigator NIH review process, Dr. Fernandez Lima was invited as a reviewer in the Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group for the Enabling and Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies (EBIT) study.

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Professor Fenfei Leng has been invited to serve as an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports, ranked 5/56 in the category of journals for Multidisciplinary Sciences.

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We congratulate Dr. Yi Xiao on her new NIH/R15 grant: "Aptamer-Based, Exonuclease-Amplified, Colorimetric, Onsite Screening of Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Mephedrone in Oral Fluid."

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Josh Silverman is a second year MS chemistry student and a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Nuclear Research Fellow. He will be a contestant on the Jeopardy show, which will air this Thursday, October 15.

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November

Dr. Kalai Mathee named as Senior Editor of the Prevention and Therapy Section in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

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December

Congratulations to Jill Beaver, a doctoral student in Dr. Yuan Liu's lab, for landing this award.

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The Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) invites applications to fill a full-time permanent faculty position starting in August 2016.

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FIU researchers are on a mission to control and eliminate Chagas disease, which is spread by Rhodnius prolixus and other kissing bug species.

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