Current Department News

Pharmacology Department's Recent Accomplishments, Milestones, and Welcomes!

 

Dr. Mangosh (middle) accepting the Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Tawna Mangosh Receives the Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Mangosh for receiving the Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Kaiser-Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes four outstanding medical school faculty members at Case Western Reserve University each year for their exceptional teaching, honoring two pre-clinical and two clinical faculty members.

 


Nieman Lab's Undergrad Success                                                Congratulations to the undergraduates of Dr. Nieman's Lab—Germaine Harvey, Grace Huang, and Johana Guci—on their outstanding achievements at Intersections and the Unity Banquet and Scholarship Dinner. Your contributions have greatly enriched our department, and we eagerly anticipate your continued success as you pursue your bachelor's degrees and future research endeavors.

 

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Kristy Rochon wins 2023 Doctoral Excellence Award
We are thrilled to announce that Kristy Rochon has been awarded the 2023 Doctoral Excellence Award. This prestigious recognition is granted to individuals who exhibit exceptional qualities in research, scholarship, service, and collaboration. Kristy's efforts represent highly original work that is an unusually significant contribution to the field. Her substantial contributions to the scientific community through involvement in various activities further highlight her dedication and impact. Please join us in congratulating Kristy on this well-deserved achievement!

 

 

 

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April'24 Postdoc of the Month: Fangfang Wang

Congratulations to Fangfang Wang, Ph.D., on being chosen as the April 2024 Postdoc of the Month! Please read the corresponding article in The Daily. The article dives into Fang's research, goals, and experiences as a postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Youwei Zhang's lab.

 

 

 

 

Medicine Magazine's Winter 2024 Cover
Congratulations! Kim Parker and Derek Lake Featured in The
Daily and SOM's Medicine Magazine
Congratulations to Kim Parker (PhD student in Dr. Bill Schiemann's Lab) and Derek Lake (MS student, RA in Dr. Marvin Nieman's lab) on being featured in The Daily and SOM's Medicine Magazine. The article, which spotlights six CWRU SOM students, is called "Faces of medicine". Please give it a read to learn more about Kim and Derek's experience in the SOM as they pursue their degrees!

 

 

 

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Congratulations to Taylor Baker on Her Upcoming F31 Fellowship
Taylor Baker, Ph.D. candidate currently researching in Dr. Ruth Keri's lab (CCF), has received an F31 Fellowship Award for her project titled "Ribonucleotide Reductase as a Driver of Breast Cancer Aggressiveness"! Taylor will focus on determining if TMU27a, a newly developed type of RNR inhibitor, suppresses aggressive breast cancer growth and is less toxic than the current FDA-approved RNR inhibitors.  This work will provide a foundation for building new molecules based on TMU27a that can block RNR activity and are highly effective at inhibiting tumor growth without causing the toxicities associated with currently available RNR drugs. The department is eager to see Taylor's findings as she conducts her research!

 

 

 

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Congratulations to Karen Hernandez on Her Recently Awarded F31 Fellowship
Karen Hernandez, Ph.D. candidate currently researching in Dr. Bela Anand-Apte's lab (CCF), has received an F31 Fellowship Award for her project titled "Role of Hyperglycemia/Hyperinsulinemia in the Breakdown of the Blood Retinal Barrier in Diabetic Retinopathy"! The Department of Pharmacology looks forward to the insights Karen will gain as she looks into insulin-induced early worsening and diabetic macular edema (DME) in type 2 diabetes through exploring possible molecular mechanisms underlying insulin-induced RPE barrier disruption. Please join us in congratulating Karen on this academic milestone!
 

 

 

Headshot of Eric Mosher in a plaid collared shirt with a grey blurred background
March'24 Postdoc of the Month: Eric Mosher

Congratulations to Eric Mosher, Ph.D., on being chosen as the March 2024 Postdoc of the Month! Please read the corresponding article in The Daily. The article dives into Eric's research, longtime relationship with Case Western Reserve University (beginning as an undergraduate), goals, and experiences as a postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Derek Taylor's lab.

 

 

 

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Congratulations to Fangfang Wang on Her American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Fangfang Wang, Ph.D., postdoctoral scholar in Dr. You-Wei Zhang's lab, has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Cancer Society for her research project titled "Phase Separation of 53BP1 in Regulating Genome Stability and Cancer." The Pharmacology Department congratulates Fangfang and expresses anticipation in offering support for the success and discoveries of her project. Fangfang's commitment and excellence in research hold significant potential for valuable insights that will contribute to the advancement of effective cancer treatment and enhance our understanding of the disease.

 

 

Dr. Nieman Lab at American Hematology Awards Event
Nieman Lab on the Awards Wall at ASH

Please join the Pharmacology Department in congratulating Dr. Marvin Nieman's lab personnel on their recent success celebrated on the Awards Wall during a recent American Society of Hematology! We are excited to see their excellence in research being recognized nationwide. The department looks forward to seeing their future accomplishments in the field! Congratulations to NaShea Kendrick (Minority Hematology Graduate Award), Elizabeth Knauss (Abstract Achievement Award), and Xu Han (Abstract Achievement Award)!

 

 

 

Emily Klemm (Ph.D. Student)
Congratulations to Emily on Her F30 Grant


Emily Klemm, MSTP Student in the Chakrapani Lab, has recently been awarded an F30 Grant titled "Investigating the Structural Basis of Human Glycine Receptor Modulation for Neurodevelopmental Disorders". Please join us in congratulating Emily on her latest accomplishment! The Department of Pharmacology looks forward to watching the development of this project and the contributions it will make towards the growing body of knowledge surrounding neurodevelopmental disorders.

 

 

 

Chinyere Iweka
A Friendly Hello and a Warm Welcome for Dr. Chinyere Iweka, Our New Faculty Member

Join us in welcoming Dr. Chinyere Iweka as a new faculty member in our department. Dr. Iweka's research interests include identifying mechanisms under circadian clock regulation that underlie the maladaptive immune cell responses in aging and age-related diseases. We're excited about the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Iweka in the Pharmacology Department as she shares her expertise with the Case Western School of Medicine community and contributes to the progression of scientific research initiatives!

 

 

 

Dr. Yuan Gao
Greetings and a Warm Welcome for Dr. Yuan Gao, Our New Faculty Member

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Yuan Gao as a new faculty member in our department. Dr. Gao will be studying Ewing sarcoma, which is a cancerous bone tumor affecting children and young adults. She has discovered a vulnerability in Ewing sarcoma cells that may contribute to the development of novel therapies for Ewing sarcoma patients. The Pharmacology Department looks forward to working with Dr. Gao as she contributes her expertise to the Case Western School of Medicine community and furthers scientific research endeavors.