Microbiology and Immunology

Awards and Contributions

DEBORAH L. FAIMAN AND DR. LAURENCE R. MEYERSON

MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD

        

What is it?

This award is generously funded by Laurence R. Meyerson, Ph.D. and Ms. Deborah L. Faiman. Dr. Meyerson, is an alumnus of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies whose background is in medical research and drug development. Ms. Faiman is a medical research philanthropist who for many years has maintained a keen interest in supporting the advancement of basic and applied research in a variety of medical areas. Dr. Meyerson and Ms. Faiman wish to continue to provide a supportive and enriching environment for future life scientists and physicians by establishing this travel award in the Departmentof Microbiology and Immunology at RFUMS.

The Deborah L. Faiman and Dr. Laurence R. Meyerson Microbiology and Immunology Student Travel Award is a $1,000.00 award used to support the travel costs for a graduate student from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology to attend and present new scientific information at a relevant domestic scientific meeting.

What is the purpose of the award?

Recipients must use this award for travel and meeting costs to attend a scientific meeting to present scientific information, either in the U.S. or Canada.

Who is eligible for the award? 

A.    All full time enrolled School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, students in the Microbiology and Immunology Department are eligible to apply.

B.    Applicants can be working on topics as they relate to basic or applied clinical research which encompasses basic and applied research related to lymphoma and/or post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLPD) and mechanisms of solid organ rejection.

What is the application process?

Applicants must apply to the Chair of Microbiology and Immunology Department for the award with details of the meeting, dates, abstract and how attending this meeting will enhance them.

The Chair will select the recipient of this award according to the above criteria.

 


2014 Awards:

The DEBORAH L. FAIMAN AND DR. LAURENCE R. MEYERSON, MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD 2014  ($262.42) was awarded to Olsi Gjyshi, a 5th year MD/PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. Bala Chandran, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology. He traveled to attend and present at the 29th National MD/PhD Student Conference in Keystone, CO, 2014, for poster and oral presentations entitled "

Manipulating Host Signaling for Pathogenic Purposes: How KSHV Induces the Master Transcription Factor Nrf2 to Mediate De Novo Infection."

The DEBORAH L. FAIMAN AND DR. LAURENCE R. MEYERSON, MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD  2014 ($737.58 ) was awarded to Shahrooz Vahedi, 4th year Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Dr. Chao-Lan Yu, Microbiology and Immunology Department. He will travel to attend American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual meeting, April 18-22, 2015,  for poster presentation entitled "Lymphocyte Specific Protein Tyrosine Kinase (Lck) Interacts with CR6-interacting Factor 1 (CRIF1) in Mitochondria to Repress Oxidative Phosphorylation." 

Shahrooz's Ph.D. project is specifically focuses on how subcellular localization of an oncoprotein called Lck can contribute to leukemogenesis. In addition to both chronic and acute lymphoblastic leukemia, over-expression and increased activity of Lck protein have been reported in many other cancer types such as prostate, colon, brain, and breast cancers. Shahrooz has been using lymphoblastic leukemia cell lines as a model to evaluate how nuclear and mitochondrial localization of Lck affect leukemia metabolism and gene expression. 


2013 Awards:


The DEBORAH L. FAIMAN AND DR. LAURENCE R. MEYERSON, MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD 2013  ($500.00 ) was awarded to  Chirosree Bandopadhyay, a 4th year Ph.D student in the laboratory of Dr. Bala Chandran, Dept of Microbiology and Immunology. She traveled to attend and present at the 16th International Workshop on Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus workshop in Puerto Varrata, June 30- July 3, 2013,  for an oral presentation entitled  "CIB1 plays a crucial role in Kaposi's Sarcoma associated herpes virus productive infection."  

Kaposi's sarcoma associated herpesvirus is associated with primary effusion lymphoma, B-cell proliferative multicentric Castleman's disease and Non-Hodgkin lymphomas.

The DEBORAH L. FAIMAN AND DR. LAURENCE R. MEYERSON, MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD  ($500.00 ) was awarded to Olsi Gjyshi, a 3rd year M.D/Ph.D student in the laboratory of Dr. Bala Chandran, Dept of Microbiology and Immunology. He traveled to attend and present at the 38th International Herpesvirus workshop in Grand Rapid, MI, July 20-24, 2013, for a poster presentation entitled  "Reactive oxygen species are induced by Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus early during primary infection of endothelial cells to promote virus entry." 

Kaposi's sarcoma associated herpesvirus is also associated with primary effusion lymphoma, B-cell proliferative multicentric Castleman's disease and Non-Hodgkin lymphomas.

Updated 12.30.2014