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Fenglei He, Ph.D., a new Assistant Professor, will join the Developmental Biology Division of the department. Dr. He received his PhD degree from Tulane University in 2007. He then joined Dr. Phil Soriano’s lab at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City as a postdoctoral fellow, funded by an NRSA postdoctoral fellowship and a K99/R00 grant from the NIH, to study PGDF signaling in mammalian craniofacial development and abnormalities. He will continue his research interest in genetic regulation of craniofacial development using mouse models
Laurie Earls, PhD, is entering the department as an Assistant Professor. She will join the Neurobiology Division. Dr. Earls got her PhD from Vanderbilt University in 2007, and is currently working as an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Developmental Neurobiology at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. She works on a mouse genetic model of schizophrenia.
Joby Westmoreland, PhD, is a new Research Assistant Professor in the department. He will join the Developmental Biology Division of the department. Dr. Westmoreland got his PhD from Vanderbilt University in 2007, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Developmental Biology at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. He works on the developmental aspects of a mouse genetic model of schizophrenia.
Jeff Tasker, professor of cell and molecular biology, holds the Catherine and Hunter Pierson Chair in Neuroscience at Tulane. For more than 20 years, Tasker has studied neuroendocrine systems in the brain and the pituitary gland, which secretes hormones. Grants from the federal National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation have funded his work
A career in the health sciences can be exciting and fulfilling, especially for students interested in the sciences. But often students have limited knowledge of the wide array of potential careers available. Ed ('78) and Jami Levy recognized the benefits of helping students gain real-world experience while giving back to the community. With their help, the School of Science and Engineering is expanding and solidifying the service-learning opportunities available to students, with a particular emphasis on integrating community engagement, their scientific coursework and discoveries, and possible career paths.
The ASBMB Hands-on Opportunities to Promote Engagement in Science (HOPES) program announces its 2013 grant recipients. The HOPES grants are awarded to research scientists and K-12 teachers collaborating to bring hands-on science learning methods into the classroom. Click here to read a letter from ASBMB to Dr. Chen in regards to Dr. Hopkins.
Benjamin Hall, an assistant professor of cell and molecular biology and neuroscience at Tulane University, has won a $1.8 million grant that will enable him and his research team to explore questions that could eventually lead to new treatments for chronic depression.
CMB Master's students Joel Longoria, Al Multani-Kohal, Joseph Ramos and Christopher Shellooe joined over 150 people to assist in the cleanup of damage left after hurricane Isaac in Braithwaite. The effort was organized by St. Paul's Homecoming Center and Youth Rebuilding New Orleans.
In her Tulane laboratory, Nandini Vasudevan is busy studying how hormones such as estrogen influence the social behaviors of mice. It’s a $1 million project funded by the National Science Foundation, but this summer she also will step into the classroom to encourage high school students toward careers in science.
Over the past decade, researchers have studied the hunger hormone ghrelin and discovered many of its functions, but Tulane graduate student Juhee Haam recently found another role of this attention-grabbing hormone.
Tulane neurobiologist Benjamin Hall has received a National Science Foundation Career Award. Over the next five years, the grant will provide $920,000 in funding for Hall's laboratory research and his work with undergraduate students in the sciences.
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