Jintao Liu receives 2018 Outstanding Young Scholar Award at Qiu Shi Awards Ceremony

Jintao Liu (Tsinghua University) received a 2018 Outstanding Young Scholar Award at the 2018 Annual Qiu Shi Awards Ceremony this past weekend at the University of Science and Technology of China. A total of twelve young scholars were presented with the award for having made outstanding achievements in areas such as new condensed theoretical physics, new energy materials, algebraic geometry, intestinal immunity and microorganisms.

Jintao Liu received his PhD in Physics under the joint supervision of Drs. Carlos Camacho and James Faeder on the Department of Computational and Systems Biology. His PhD research involved developing functional models of disordered proteins and modeling the kinetics of bacterial spore germination.

Founded in 1994, the primary mission of the Qiu Shi Science and Technology Foundation is to promote scientific and technological progress in China by recognizing and rewarding successful Chinese scientists and scholars.

Drs. Shilpa Sant (Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Jianhua Xing received R37 from NCI

Dr.s Shilpa Sant and Jianhua Xing received R37 from NCI. The project title is “Three-dimensional organoid models to study breast cancer progression.”

This 7-year project is to combine their developed reconstructed three-dimensional organoid model, in vivo studies, imaging, and computational modeling to study how hypoxic microenvironment induces migratory phenotypes in breast tumors.

The team also includes Vera Donneberg (Pharmeceutical Sciences), Simon Wakins (Cell Biology) and Priscilla McAuliffe (Surgery).

2nd Annual Three Rivers Evolution Event (TREE)

We are excited to announce the second annual Three Rivers Evolution Event (TREE), a regional conference serving Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas, sponsored in part by SMBE. TREE aims to bring together researchers to share and discuss all aspects of evolutionary biology in a diverse, exciting, and accessible environment. Last year, 168 attendees from 38 different institutions joined us in our shared passion for evolution, and we expect our community to grow even larger in 2018. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Dr. L Lacey Knowles of the University of Michigan.

Researchers of all stages and institutional affiliations are welcome to present. The deadline for both registration and abstract submission is July 31st. To register and/or submit an abstract for a talk or poster, please see our website: https://sites.google.com/view/treepgh There is no fee for registration.