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2016

More Than a Gut Feeling
January 3, 2017
Nicole Hume, a senior majoring in veterinary and biomedical sciences, is investigating the gut microbiome, which involves all of the microorganisms that populate the gastrointestinal tract, with a goal of teasing apart the processes that lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Where there's Smoke and a Mutation there May Be an Evolutionary Edge for Humans
December 20, 2016
Troy Hubbard, Ph.D candidate in molecular biology, reviews as chart of proteins collected from a sample with Dr. Gary Perdew in their Life Sciences Lab at Penn State. The researchers are part of a team that examined whether a genetic mutation that is now ubiquitous in humans increased our tolerance to smoke, leading to an evolutionary advantage over other hominins, such as Neandertals.
Troy Hubbard Awarded the 2016 McCarl Graduate Scholarship Main
December 19, 2016
Troy Hubbard, graduate student in the Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology (BMMB) degree program at Penn State University, has been awarded the Richard L. and Norma L. McCarl Graduate Scholarship for the 2016 academic year. He works in the Perdew lab.
Dr. Wolfgang Named Pennsylvania State Veterinarian
August 8, 2016
Dr. David Wolfgang, who has served for the past 17 years as the Penn State Extension veterinarian overseeing the Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program, has been named the state veterinarian by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Jeffrey Peters Receives Outstanding Achievements in Life Sciences Research Award
June 22, 2016
Dr. Peters received this first award from the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences based on his contributions to research.
2016 William Henson Diversity Achievement Award Presented to Dr. Pamela Hankey-Giblin
May 18, 2016
Dr. Hankey-Giblin, the program director for an NIH training grant that supports underrepresented minorities in Penn State's biomedical PhD programs, received an award on April 5th recognizing her distinctive role in the College of Agricultural Sciences for expanding diversity.
Dr. Jeffrey Peters Receives 2016 Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award
April 27, 2016
Gamma Sigma Delta is an honor society that encourages high standards of scholarship and worthy achievements in all branches of the agricultural and related sciences, as well as a high degree of excellence in the practice of agricultural pursuits.
New Disease Treatment Possible through Collaboration
March 18, 2016
Researchers at Penn State's Eva J. Pell Laboratory for Advanced Biological Studies have identified compounds that may be used to defend against biowarfare agents.
Dr. Pei-Li Yao Earns 2016 Best Postdoctoral Publication Award
March 14, 2016
This award is being given to Dr. Yao by the Society of Toxicology for outstanding work accomplished during her postdoctoral traineeship in a Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences laboratory.
Novel Findings on Skin Inflammatory Response Published in Nature Immunology
February 22, 2016
A research group led by Dr. Na Xiong, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, has discovered a previously unknown mechanism that determines how innate lymphocytes move into the skin. Innate lymphocytes are a type of immune cells that contribute to both tissue protection and, in some cases, chronic inflammatory diseases. In the article “Selective programming of CCR10+ innate lymphoid cells in skin-draining lymph nodes for cutaneous homeostatic regulation” published in the journal Nature Immunology, Xiong and his colleagues identified the cellular and molecular pathways that trigger movement of these inflammatory cells into skin. These discoveries support the possibility of new targets for therapy for skin diseases, such as psoriasis.