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October 2020

The South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SD BRIN) led by Dr. Barbara Goodman, Ph.D., Professor in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded a $16.92 million five-year continuation grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for student and faculty research in cell biology at USD and other SD BRIN partner institutions across the state. Scientific Project Led by USD Sanford School of Medicine Receives NIH Grant

September 2020

Dr. XJ Wang, M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded $1.94M for another four-years of funding for one of his NIH R01 grants that will be starting year 15 in September 2020. This round of the project is titled “PKG and PKA Duo-Activation to Treat Cardiac Proteotoxicity”, and provides on average $486,000 annually for this ongoing research project.

August 2020

Welcome Dr. Tim Ridgway as the new Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine beginning September 1, 2020. Dr. Ridgeway is a South Dakota native, born and raised in tiny Ravinia, and he is a graduate of our medical school.  Dean Ridgway follows Dr. Mary Nettleman, who retired after eight, highly productive years as dean.

July 2020

Dr. XJ Wang, M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded a four-year, NIH R01 titled “Cardiac Pathophysiology of Proteasome Phosphoregulation” for $367,500 annually.

Dr. Daniel Bird, PhD, Associate Professor in the Basic Biomedical Sciences Division of the USD Sanford School of Medicine has accepted the position of Associate Dean for Administration following the upcoming retirement of Associate Dean Steven Waller, PhD, in December 2020 after thirty-seven years of outstanding service to the university and school of medicine.

June 2020

Dr. Jose Pietri, Ph.D., and Rashaun Potts, M.S., awarded a one-year, SDBOR Competitive Research Grant (CRG) to support research for developing an approach for reducing disease transmission capacity in mosquitoes.

May 2020

Dr. Daniel Bird, Ph.D., promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr. YiFan Li, Ph.D., promoted to Full Professor.

Dr. Hongmin Wang, Ph.D., promoted to Full Professor.

Congratulations to the following students on graduating: Rachel Laufmann, MS Plan A, Eric Fogarty, MS Plan A, Kyle Roessler, MS Plan B, Jared Ailts, MS Plan B, Earvin Grinage, MS Plan B, Mitch Patrick, MD/PhD.

April 2020

Dr. Jose Pietri, Ph.D., selected for a two-year appointment as the Donald S. MacKay Distinguished Professor of Research.

Dr. Khosrow Rezvani, M.D, Ph.D., selected as the faculty recipient of the 2020 Chester McVay Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Dr. Brian Burrell, Ph.D., awarded a multi-year NIH T32 grant, “Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE)” to support and train students from diverse populations that reflect South Dakota and the surrounding region, emphasizing American Indians, Latinos, 1st generation college students, economically disadvantaged students, and students from rural backgrounds.

Dr. Robert Morecraft, Ph.D., awarded a multi-year, NIH R01 Subaward through the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) titled, “Modulating Low-Frequency Cortical Population Dynamics to Augment Motor Function After Stroke.”

March 2020

Congratulations to Bethany Freel, Hannah Wollenzein and Raegan Skelton (Nelson) on their achievement on making the 3 Minute Thesis finals. This competition challenges graduate students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. 

February 2020

The collaborative research efforts of Dr. Lisa McFadden and Dr. Rick Wang (Chemistry) were featured in the Sioux City Journal,"USD Researchers Working on Breakthrough Treatment for Meth Overdose". This collaboration is through CBBRe.

Graduate Student and USD-N3 Fellow Marie Severson was featured in the Winter 2020 SD EPSCoR Quarterly Update.

Dr. Lee Baugh was featured in the Sioux City Journal, “Novel Concussion Diagnostic Technique in the works at USD.”

Donis D. Drappeau, SSOM Diversity Pipeline Coordinator, traveled to the Pachanga Casino Resort in Temecula, California, for the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) Native Financial Cents Ambassador Training. She was chosen to be an ambassador for financial literacy and will be delivering the Native Financial Cents Curriculum to at least 50 Native youth.

Dr. Michael Chaussee, PhD, was featured in the Yankton Press & Dakotan, “USD Microbiologist Finds Possible Antibiotic Alternative.”

January 2020

Dr. XJ Wang, distinguished researcher, BBS Professor and Director of the SSOM MD/PhD Program was recognized as “Professor of the Game” at the USD Men’s basketball game on Jan. 23 at the USD Sanford Coyote Sports Center for his outstanding contributions to research, education, and service to his institution, community, and global research.

Dr. Jose Pietri will be receiving new grant funding for a one-year award entitled “Pathogen surveillance and discovery in ticks from South Dakota”, for $25,000 sponsored by the Lyme Disease Association, Inc.

December 2019

The Proteomics Core Facility staff, Dr. Eduardo Callegari and Maria Daniela Paez, B.S., were invited to teach two international Proteomics courses at two universities in South America. Travel was sponsored by an international grant related to Bioremediation, National Scientific and Technology Council Research from Argentina, and SD BRIN.

November 2019

Student Research Associates Brittany Bamberg and Rachel Rucker were selected as recipients of the 2019 Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards for their respective work "The Effects of In Utero Exposure to Alcohol" under the mentorship of Dr. William Mayhan, and "Diacylglycerol Lipase: Does Mutation of the Catalytic Region Influence Membrane Localization?" with Dr. Brian Burrell.

The Native American Healthcare Scholars Program (NAHSP) students came to the USD campus for the 2019 USD Open House November 8-10, 2019. While on campus they attended the Admissions Fall Open House, toured the research lab of Dr. Jose Pietri, and visited with Native American healthcare professionals from the surrounding areas. The students also visited the Parry Simulation Lab in Sioux Falls, SD. There were 11 NAHSP students and 4 staff in attendance.

October 2019

The Native American Healthcare Scholars Program (NAHSP) traveled to Milwaukee, WI for the 2019 American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) National Conference, October 10-12, 2019.

SSOM Assistant Dean Diversity & Inclusion Dr. Donovan Williams, BRIN Program Coordinator Luci Drapeau, and SSOM Diversity Pipeline Coordinator Donis D. Drappeau visited Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls to talk about INMED and the Health Careers Summer Camp, 22 students attended.

Dr. Penglong Wu of Dr. XJ Wang’s lab has won third place in the Poster Presentation Award competition in the Postdoctoral Group in the Midlands Society of Physiological Sciences (MSPS) Trainees in Physiology Research Reception was held in Omaha, Nebraska, on October 26, 2019.

Thank you Spooky Science Volunteers! Thank you to CGSO and all the CBBRe volunteers for the 2019 Spooky Science Booth at the Washington Pavilion. This event couldn't be successful without all of the volunteers that made it possible!

August 2019

2019 CBBRe Symposium was held August 15-16, 2019 at the Freedom Forum in the Al Neuharth Media Center. Invited Speakers: Mary Cain, Kansas State University, Matthew Tull, University of Toledo, Julie Kauer, Stanford University, Gregg Henriques, James Madison University.  

The 2019 Health Careers Summer Camp was held on the USD campus June 16-21, 2019. There were 24 participants and 4 volunteer camp counselors. This slide show was created by Camp Counselor Alex Dolezal .

Dr. Jose Pietri will be receiving new grant funding for a multiyear federal award entitled “Development of Bacterial Biological Control Tools for Bed Bugs” for $289,183 annually sponsored by the US Department of the Army.

PhD Candidate Riley Paulsen will be receiving new grant funding for a multiyear federal NSF Fellowship award entitled “NSF GRFP: Conserved activity-dependent regulation of endocannabinoid signaling” for $138,000 sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

June 2019

Dr. Khosrow Rezvani will be receiving new grant funding for a multiyear institutional pilot project award entitled “AKT/mTOR Pathway in Obesity and Colorectal Cancer: Molecular Interconnections and Potential Clinical Applications” for $351,236 annually sponsored by the DaCCoTA Translational Grant Program.

Dr. Michael Chaussee will be receiving new grant funding for a multiyear Federal R03 award entitled “Role of Prophage in S. pyogenes Gene regulation” for $73,500 annually sponsored by the NIH

May 2019

2018 SPURA Alum Rachel Rucker was awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation scholarship. Rachel’s application emphasized her past and continuing neuroscience research. Rachel remains active in CBBRe and she has plans to continue with neuroscience in graduate school.

Dr. Yifan Li will be receiving new grant funding for a multiyear federal R01 award entitled “The role of pro-BDNF/mature-BDNF balance in skeletal muscle inactivity-induced capillary regression” for $363,132 annually sponsored by the NIH.

Dr. Kathleen Eyster has been selected as the recipient of the Class of 1958 Basic Biomedical Science Award.

Dr. Xuejun Wang has been selected for the Fellow of the International Society for Herat Research (FISHR), awarded by International Society for Heart Research (ISHR)

Dr. Xuejun Wang has been selected as Chair for the Award Committee of American Physiological Society (APS) Cardiovascular Section.

April 2019

Dr. Khosrow Rezvani will be receiving new grant funding for a multiyear federal R03 award entitled “UBXN2A represses migration and invasion of colorectal cancer cells” for $73,500 annually sponsored by NIH.

PhD Candidate Riley Paulsen has been nominated for the Office of Student Life’s Graduate Student Leadership Award. 

Dr. Yi-Fan Li has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Chester McVay Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research. This award was established by family and friends of Dr. Chester McVay, a former Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine.

Dr. Brian Burrell and Dr. Lisa McFadden will be receiving a new round of grant funding for a multiyear Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Addiction (SPURA) award. This grant provides support for undergraduate students to participate in research focused on the neurobiological basis of drug abuse, addiction, and underlying mental health issues.

PhD Candidate Neeraj Tiwari was the 2019 recipient of the CGSO Honorary Award for Excellence in Research, Service, and Leadership.
Dr. Barbara Goodman has been named the new Editor-in-Chief for Advances in Physiology Education. This Editorship will start on January 1, 2020 and will continue for a 3-year term.

Research Associate III Jamie Bushman will be receiving new grant funding for a one year federal UNMC Pilon project award entitled “Gut Microbiota and Immune Markers in Psychological Health” for $14,700 sponsored by the NIH.

March 2019

PhD Candidate Neeraj Kumar Tiwari received the 2019 Graduate Research and Creative Scholarship Grant (spring) at USD for his project, “Molecular Mechanism of CEPO Improves Cognition.” Neeraj has been working with his Principal Mentor Dr. Samuel Sathyanesan on this project.