An Interview with Miguel A. Cruz, PhD

Dr. Cruz is an Associate Professor in Baylor's Department of Medicine, Thrombosis Division and has devoted his research efforts to developing a treatment for systemic inflammation. In this interview, VIICTR.org spoke with him about his research, the support he has received from the ICTR and what the Alkek Award has meant to his career.

Announcements

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance - Requests for Letters of Intent

March 28, 2017 - The alliance is currently seeking letters of intent for the following funding opportunities:

  • Collaborative Research Development Grants ($900,000) provide funds for ovarian cancer research projects that involve several investigators within one institution or collaborations between groups in multiple institutions.
  • Liz Tilberis Early Career Awards ($450,000) are for investigators in their first academic faculty appointment. This award is open to physician-scientists and Ph.D. scientists.
  • Ann Schreiber Mentored Investigator Award ($75,000) funds post-doctoral trainees working in ovarian cancer research groups or those currently enrolled in a fellowship program.

To learn more on Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance website. Letters of intent are due April 28, 2017.

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

March 30, 2017 - This international award honors young scientists for their outstanding contributions to neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology. The winner and finalists are selected by a committee of independent scientists, chaired by Science’s Senior Editor, Dr. Peter Stern. Researchers who are not older than 35 years are invited to apply. The winner receives prize money of $25,000 and publication of an essay by the winner about his/her research in Science. Learn more about the award and how to apply on the Eppendorf website. The application deadline is June 15, 2017

BCM Interim Funding Program – Fiscal Year 2018

March 1, 2017 - This program provides short-term relief funding up to $100,000 for established laboratories that have experienced a lapse in federal funding. The program provides awards for up to twelve months duration.Learn more and apply on the ICTR website. The deadline to apply for awards beginning FY18 is Monday, April 10, 2017 at 05:00 PM CST.

BCM Bridge to Independence Program – Fiscal Year 2018

March 1, 2017 - This program provides bridge funding of up to $100,000 for junior faculty members who have spent down their seed but not yet obtained independent funding. Learn more and apply on the ICTR website. The deadline to apply for awards beginning FY18 is Monday, April 10, 2017 at 05:00 PM CST.

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News/Events/Deadlines

October 23, 2017
Dissertation DEfense - Amulya Sreekumar (10/23/2017)
Start Date: 10/23/2017 Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Date: 10/23/2017 End Time: 10:30 AM

Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology

Baylor College of Medicine

DISSERTATION DEFENSE

Amulya Sreekumar, Ph.D. Candidate

"WNT Pathway-Mediated Regulation of FOXO1 Constitutes a Critical Axis Maintaining Mammary Stem Cell Homeostasis"

Monday, October 23, 2017

187A

9:30 a.m.

Advisor: Jeffrey Rosen, Ph.D.

October 23, 2017
Biochemistry Seminar Series (10/23/2017)
Start Date: 10/23/2017 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 10/23/2017 End Time: 1:00 PM
Seminar Speaker: Dr. Elvin Blanco, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Nanomedicine Houston Methodist Research Institute Houston, Texas Seminar Title: "Nanotherapeutics applied towards cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases" Host: Dr. Harry Karmouty-Quintana Location: McGovern Medical School, Room 2.135
October 23, 2017
Training in Brain Tumor Research Seminars (10/23/2017)
Start Date: 10/23/2017 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 10/23/2017 End Time: 1:00 PM
Benjamin Deneen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Center Baylor College of Medicine presents: Enhancers, chromatin and gliomagenesis
October 23, 2017
"Examining the role of gut dysbiosis in cerebral small vessel disease" (10/23/2017)
Start Date: 10/23/2017 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 10/23/2017 End Time: 5:00 PM
"Examining the role of gut dysbiosis in cerebral small vessel disease"
 
IMBS Program Seminar
Room N315
 
Speaker:  James Nelson
Advisor:  Robert Bryan, Ph.D. 
October 23, 2017
Integrative Biology and Pharmacology Seminar Series (10/23/2017)
Start Date: 10/23/2017 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 10/23/2017 End Time: 5:00 PM
On the Mechanisms of Generation, Recognition and Erasure of DNA Modifications Speaker: Xiaodong Cheng, Ph.D. Professor Molecular and Cellular Oncology Department The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Hosted By: Dr. Xiaodong Cheng Location: 6431 Fannin Street MSB 2.135 Houston, TX 77030
October 24, 2017
Molecular Physiology Seminar Series Presents Dr. Christine Beeton (10/24/2017)
Start Date: 10/24/2017 Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Date: 10/24/2017 End Time: 12:00 PM
Christine Beeton, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Baylor College of Medicine Targeting Potassium Channels in Rheumatoid Arthritis Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00AM - ROOM 409B BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE Faculty Host: Dr. Bill Lagor
October 24, 2017
Molecular & Human Genetics Seminar Series (10/24/2017)
Start Date: 10/24/2017 Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Date: 10/24/2017 End Time: 1:30 PM

One Baylor Plaza - Michael E. DeBakey Center
Room: M112

Speaker: Atul Chopra, M.D., Ph.D.

Title: "Human Genetics Aided Discovery of a New Metabolic Hormone"

Location: Rm#M112

Host: Andy Groves, Ph.D.

 

October 24, 2017
Mechanics of Epithelial Tissues: Structure, Rigidity and Fluidity (10/24/2017)
Start Date: 10/24/2017 Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 10/24/2017 End Time: 1:30 PM
The Center for Theoretical Biological Physics PRESENTS Seminar Speaker Dapeng Max Bi Assistant Professor Department of Physics Northeastern University Mechanics of Epithelial Tissues: Structure, Rigidity and Fluidity Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:30 – 1:30 PM BRC, 10th Floor, Room 1060 A/B Abstract: Cells must move through tissues in many important processes, including development, cancer metastasis, and wound-healing. Often tissues are dense and a cell's motion is strongly constrained by its neighbors, leading to glassy dynamics. Although there is a density-driven glass transition in particle-based models, these cannot fully explain liquid-solid transitions in confluent tissues. I will demonstrate the existence of a new type of rigidity transition that occurs in confluent tissues at constant density. The onset of rigidity is governed by a model parameter that encodes single-cell properties such as cell-cell adhesion and cortical tension. I will also introduce a new model that captures polarized cell motility and multicellular interactions in a confluent tissue and identify a glass transition that originates at the rigidity transition. This work provides an experimentally accessible parameter that helps to distinguish fluid and solid tissues. I will present a direct application of this theoretical framework to cultured Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells. Bio: Dr. Bi obtained his PhD in physics from Brandeis University in 2012, his thesis work focused on understanding the mechanics of granular materials under the supervision of Bulbul Chakraborty. He did my postdoctoral training first at Syracuse University (working with Cristina Marchetti and Lisa Manning) where he began to work on the mechanics of biological cells and tissues. He then became an independent Sackler Fellow at Rockefeller University, where he worked on problems related to embryonic development and cancer. In January of 2017, Dr. Bi started his own group as an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. An Official Seminar of the Ph.D. Program in Systems, Synthetic and Physical Biology at Rice University
October 24, 2017
John H. Blaffer Lecture Series (10/24/2017)
Start Date: 10/24/2017 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 10/24/2017 End Time: 5:00 PM
Rachel O'Neill, Ph.D. University of Connecticut Storr, CT Title: "Retroelements and Noncoding RNAs: What Non-Model Systems Reveal About Centromere Function Host: Dr. Richard Behringer Department of Genetics Location: Onstead Auditorium, BSRB S3.8012 Onstead Auditorium is accessible from the MD Anderson Main building via the 3rd & 4th floor Tan Zone skybridges, and by the front entrance to the Mitchell BSRB at 6767 Bertner Ave.
October 24, 2017
Pharmacology & Chemical Biology seminar series (10/24/2017)
Start Date: 10/24/2017 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 10/24/2017 End Time: 5:00 PM
Title: "Understanding and exploiting allosteric networks" Speaker: Gregory R. Bowman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Washington University School of Medicine Location: Cullen Building, room 201A Host: Timothy Palzkill, Ph.D.
October 24, 2017
Medically Speaking Toastmasters Meeting (10/24/2017)
Start Date: 10/24/2017 Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Date: 10/24/2017 End Time: 6:30 PM

One Baylor Plaza - Albert B. Alkek Building
Room: N311

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October 25, 2017
"Mechanism and therapy for WNT1-related osteogenesis imperfecta" (10/25/2017)
Start Date: 10/25/2017 Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Date: 10/25/2017 End Time: 10:00 AM
Dissertation Defense
Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
Yi-Chien Lee
Advisor:  Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Molecular and Human Genetics 
October 25, 2017
Distinguished Lecture Series in Experimental Therapeutics (10/25/2017)
Start Date: 10/25/2017 Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Date: 10/25/2017 End Time: 10:00 AM
Seminar Title: "Regulation of miRNA processing by novel exonucleases and strategies for development of RNA-based therapeutics " Seminar Speaker: Roopa Thapar, B.Pharm, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas Location: MDACC, South Campus Research Building 4, (4SCR1.1110)
October 25, 2017
Current Topics in Computational Biomedicine TERM 2: CIBR/SCBMB Journal Club (10/25/2017)
Start Date: 10/25/2017 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 10/25/2017 End Time: 1:00 PM
Current Topics in Computational Biomedicine TERM 2: CIBR/SCBMB Journal Club Host: Quincy Mo Location: 201A Food/Drinks will be provided
October 25, 2017
Current Topics in Computational Biomedicine TERM 2: CIBR/SCBMB Journal Club (10/25/2017)
Start Date: 10/25/2017 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 10/25/2017 End Time: 1:00 PM
Current Topics in Computational Biomedicine TERM 2: CIBR/SCBMB Journal Club Host: Quincy Mo Location: 201A Food/Drinks will be provided
October 25, 2017
Persistence of polyomavirus SV40 in human lymphoid cells (10/25/2017)
Start Date: 10/25/2017 Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 10/25/2017 End Time: 2:00 PM
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Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (IMBS)
Dissertation Defense
Room 301A
Lindsay Harrigal
Advisor:  Janet S. Butel, Ph.D. 
 
October 25, 2017
2md Liver Cancer Symposium (10/25/2017 - 10/26/2017)
Start Date: 10/25/2017 Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 10/26/2017 End Time: 3:30 PM
2nd Liver Symposium Wednesday, Oct. 25 and Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 Children’s Nutrition Research Center Keynote Speaker: Jessica Zucman-Rossi, M.D., Ph.D. University Paris Descartes-HEGP
October 25, 2017
CIBR Center Data Clinics (10/25/2017)
Start Date: 10/25/2017 Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 10/25/2017 End Time: 2:00 PM
CIBR Center Data Clinics Location: N302
October 25, 2017
CIBR Center Data Clinics (10/25/2017)
Start Date: 10/25/2017 Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 10/25/2017 End Time: 2:00 PM
CIBR Center Data Clinics Location: N302
October 25, 2017
MCB Wednesday Seminar Series (10/25/2017)
Start Date: 10/25/2017 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 10/25/2017 End Time: 5:00 PM
MCB Wednesday Seminar Series DeBakey M112 4:00 - 5:00 PM Speaker: Hongjun Song, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Title: "Epigenetic and Epitranscritomic Regulation in Neurogenesis and Plasticity" Host: Dr. Jianming Xu
October 26, 2017
Technology Seminar hosted by The Integrated Microscopy Core (10/26/2017)
Start Date: 10/26/2017 Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 10/26/2017 End Time: 11:00 AM
Title: Quantitative Phase Imaging: Revealing Cell Growth, Migration, and Cell Death
Speaker: Jan Balvan, PhD, TESCAN, Brno, Czech Republic
Location: Room 187A (Jaworsky), One Baylor Plaza
Hosts: Fabio Stossi PhD & Michael A. Mancini, PhD, Integrated Microscopy Core
October 26, 2017
Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Seminar Series (10/26/2017)
Start Date: 10/26/2017 Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Date: 10/26/2017 End Time: 11:30 AM
"Structures and functions of the Clostridium difficile toxins" Presented by: Borden Lacy, Ph.D. Professor Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology & Department of Biochemistry Vanderbilt University School of Medicine LOCATION: 6431 Fannin, McGovern Medical School, Room 2.135 UTHealth McGovern Medical School HOST: Theresa M. Koehler, Ph.D. Herbert L. and Margaret W. DuPont Distinguished Professor in Biomedical Science Chair, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics UTHealth McGovern Medical School
October 26, 2017
Molecular & Cellular Biology R&D Workshop Series (10/26/2017)
Start Date: 10/26/2017 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 10/26/2017 End Time: 1:00 PM
MCB R&D Seminar Series October 26 , 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM DeBakey, M616 Speaker: Gheath Alatrash. D.O. , Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Stem Cell Transplantation, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX Title: Cross-presented Antigens as Targets for Cancer Immunotherapy Host: Dr. Sang Jun Han
October 26, 2017
Texas Children’s Research Seminar 2017 (10/26/2017)
Start Date: 10/26/2017 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 10/26/2017 End Time: 1:00 PM
Feigin Tower, 1st floor, Conference Room A Speakers: Daniel DeSalvo, MD Assistant Professor, Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology Baylor College of Medicine Texas Children’s Hospital Marisa Hilliard, PhD Assistant Professor, Pediatric Psychology Baylor College of Medicine Texas Children’s Hospital The SENCE Study: Design of an RCT Evaluating Clinical & Behavioral Interventions in Young Children with Diabetes.
October 26, 2017
James T. Willerson M.D., Cardiovascular Science Seminar (10/26/2017)
Start Date: 10/26/2017 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 10/26/2017 End Time: 5:00 PM
Joel R. Neilson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, Presents: Post-transcriptional Programs Underlying Cellular Identity Transitions: Seminar Host: AJ Marian, M.D. at the Texas Heart Institute, 6770 Bertner Ave., Houston, TX, Denton A. Cooley Auditorium, Green Elevators, Level B1

 

VIICTR Member Organizations
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Texas Children's Hospital
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
  • Ben Taub Hospital
  • University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • Gulf Coast Consortia