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Pathology Notables

won the 2014 Passano Foundation Award for his pioneering studies demonstrating how the trillions of microbes that live in the gut influence human health. https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26867.aspx - Jeffrey Gordon, M.D., Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor of Pathology and Immunology, Professor of Developmental Biology, and of Medicine, and Director, Center for Genome Sciences,

Dr. Virgin - also received a four-year $1,064,424 incoming subaward from Mass General Hospital, entitled “Inflammation and the Vaginal Metagenome in HIV Acquisition”.

Gaya Amarasinghe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology and Immunology and of Biochemisry and Molecular Biophysics, - received a five-year $2,205,336 subaward from Mt. Sinai (Basler), entitled “Mechanisms of Evasion of the Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses to Filoviruses”.

Thaddeus Stappenbeck, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pathology and Immunology and of Developmental Biology, - received a one-year $152,000 MIST grant (Subcontract from Oregon Health and Science University) from the National Institutes of Health, entitled “Human MAIT Cells in Airway Mucosal Immune Responses to Intracellular Infections”.

Shashikant Kulkarni, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pathology and Immunology, of Genetics, and of Pediatrics, Head, Clinical Genomics of Genomics and Pathology Services, and Medical Director, Cytogenomics and Molecular Pathology, - received a honor award from the Centers for Disease Control and Agency for Toxic Subtstances and Disease Registry, US Department of Health and Human Services for his excellence in partnering in “Next Generation Sequencing- Standardization of Clinical Testing".

Jeffrey Gordon, M.D., Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor of Pathology and Immunology, Professor of Developmental Biology and of Medicine, and Director, Center for Genome Sciences, - has been elected to the American Philosophical Society. Featured in the Record: https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/27023.aspx

Robert Schreiber, Ph.D., Alumni Professor of Pathology and Immunology and of Molecular Microbiology, - was presented with the second annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology at the AACR Annual Meeting 2014, San Diego, California, April 5-9.

Herbert Virgin, M.D., Ph.D., Edward Mallinckrodt Professor and Chair, Pathology and Immunology, and Professor of Molecular Microbiology and of Medicine, - received one-year $50,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, entitled “Microbiome Analysis in Lung Allograft Dysfunction (MALADy)”.

Steven Teitelbaum, M.D., Messing Professor of Pathology and Immunology, Professor of Medicine, and Acting Chief, Division of Anatomic and Molecular Pathology, and also a world renowned expert in bone biology and cytokines, - will receive Washington University’s 2014, Carl and Gerty Cori Faculty Achievement Award, at the Danforth Campus in Simon Auditorium, on December 6, and was featured in the Record. https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26872.aspx

S. Joshua Swamidass, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology and Immunology and of Biomedical Engineering, - was interviewed for the "People Behind the Science" podcast: http://www.peoplebehindthescience.com/dr-josh-swamidass/

Dr. Dantas - was also interviewed on the Food Chain Radio Show, Podcast #963, in a segment entitled “People vs. Pathogens.” http://metrofarm.com/assets/podcasts/2014-04-19_963bbacteria.mp3

Ching-Cheng (Stan) Huang, Ph.D., Postdoc Research Associate in Immunobiology, - received a two-year $98,476 award from the American Heart Association, entitled “Role of Lipid Droplet Lipolysis in Alternative Macrophage Activation”.

Gautam Dantas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology and Immunology and of Biomedical Engineering, - was featured in the Record for research on “Soil Bacteria May Provide Clues to Curbing Antibiotic Resistance” as reported in the journal Nature. https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26955.aspx

Jonathan Heusel, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pathology and Immunology and of Genetics, - received three-year $29,912 grant from the National Institutes of Health, New Subaward from Children's Hospital Medical Center (Shaaban), entitled “The NK Cell Response to Prenatal Allotransplantation”.

Herbert Virgin IV, M.D., Ph.D., Edward Mallinckrodt Professor and Chair, Pathology and Immunology, Professor of Molecular Microbiology and of Medicine - received a 5-year $32,000,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, entitled “Autophagy Modulators as Novel Broad-Spectrum Anti-Infective Agents”. Featured in the Record. https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26891.aspx

Emil Unanue, M.D., Paul and Ellen Lacy Professor of Pathology and Immunology, - received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Immunologists. The award is the organization’s highest honor. Featured in the Record: https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/27083.aspx.

Dr. Amarasinghe - also received a five-year $1,449,700 subaward from Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai (Basler), entitled “Therapeutics Targeting Filoviral Interferon-Antagonist and Replication Functions – Project 1”.

Carey-Ann Burnham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology and Immunology and of Pediatrics, and Medical Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, - received a one-year, $58,750 grant from The Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation (BJHF) and the Washington University (WU) Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS), entitled “Sequencing and Culture-Based Evaluation of Skin Flora Following Decolonization”.

Dr. Schreiber - also received the 10th Annual Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Washington University Postdoctoral Society. The award, which is in great recognition of Dr. Schreiber's dedication to mentoring postdocs, was presented on April 3, 2014, during the 10th Annual Postdoc Scientific Symposium.

Gautam Dantas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology and Immunology and of Biomedical Engineering, - was interviewed on the Big Picture Science Radio Show in a segment entitled “Skeptic Check: Evolutionary Arms Race” http://www.bigpicturescience.org/episodes/Skeptic_Check_Evolutionary_Arms_Race

Bernd Zinselmeyer, Ph.D., Research Instructor in Pathology and Immunology, - received one-year $40,400 award from Washington University School of Medicine, which is supported by the Digestive Disease Research Core Center DDRCC grant P30DK52574, entitled “Intravital Imaging of Peritoneal Macrophages Contribution to Intestinal Health”.

Andrey Shaw, M.D., Emil R. Unanue Professor of Immunobiology in Pathology and Immunology, HHMI Investigator in Pathology and Immunology, and Chief, Division of Immunobiology, - received a one-year $84,583 National Institutes of Health, Small Business Innovation Research subaward from Confluence Life Sciences, Inc., entitled “Development of TAK1 Inhibitors to Treat Pancreatic Cancer”.

Gwendalyn Randolph, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology and Immunology and of Medicine, - received a two-year $419,271 grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled “Local Thermogenesis in Lymphatic Vessel/Node Function”.

Dr. Dantas - was also featured in the following:
  • the Nature journal podcast for his research on antibiotic resistance in soil bacteria. http://www.nature.com/nature/podcast/index-2014-05-22.html
  • the National Institute of General Medical Sciences “Inside Life Sciences” article “On the Trail of Drug-Defying Superbugs”. http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/insidelifescience/on_the_trail_of_drug_defying_superbugs.html
  • the journal Nature in their Outlook feature “Microbiology: Resistance Fighters”.http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v509/n7498_supp/full/509S6a.html
  • the “People Behind the Science” podcast for his research on “It’s All About Communities when Studying Microbial Genomics and Exchanging Antibiotic Resistance”. http://www.peoplebehindthescience.com/dr-gautam-dantas/


Mathew Gubin, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Immunobiology, - received a three-year $164,500 grant from the Cancer Research Institute, entitled “Using Genomics to Identify Targets of Checkpoint Blockade Cancer Treatment and Identify Optimal Target Antigens for Vaccination”.

Dr. Schreiber - was also featured in the Record about his new center called The Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs (CHiiPs). https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26752.aspx

Dr. Burnham - also received the Ellis Benson Award at the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS) meeting in San Francisco in May.

Leslie McIntosh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Pathology and Immunology, and her colleagues - , was recently awarded, by the Office of the Provost, the first round of Bring Your Own Idea, entitled “Working Across Disciplines to Make Data More Meaningful”. Featured in the Record: https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26709.aspx

Meredith Pittman, M.D., Co-Chief Resident in Anatomic and Molecular Pathology, and Craig Wilen, M.D., Ph.D., Resident in Laboratory Medicine, - won the Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award from the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS), which will be presented at the May 29-31 meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Virgin - was also interviewed by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America on “Pathways to Cures: Game-changing IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Diseases) Research”. http://www.ccfa.org/research/current-research-studies/ibd-genetics-video.html

Erin Rubin, M.D., Associate Professor of Pathology and Immunology and Director of Pathology Consult Service, - coordinated the first St. Louis “See, Test & Treat”, a free mammogram, Pap smear and health fair program on April 12, at the Center for Advanced Medicine. Nurses, medical students, trainees and faculty of Washington University Physicians, Siteman Cancer Center, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital provided free cancer screenings to almost 100 women in need. Funded from a grant from the College of American Pathologists Foundation. https://pathologyservices.wustl.edu/node/106

Departmental Event Schedules

Sep 18 2014 8:00AM Autopsy Gross Organ Review Conference Chief Resident - Autopsy Suite, 1st Floor, West Building

Sep 18 2014 12:00PM *Laboratory and Genomic Medicine Grand Rounds Wojciech Swat, Ph.D. - "Cell-Free DNA Based Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT): 2014 Update" Center for Advanced Medicine, 3rd Floor, Farrell Conference Center, Room 2

Sep 18 2014 2:00PM Autopsy Gross Sign Out Conference Autopsy Suite, 1st Floor West Building

Sep 19 2014 8:00AM *Anatomic and Molecular Pathology Conference Dr. Chunyu (Hunter) Cai, M.D., Ph.D. - FS Conference 3rd Floor Classroom, Peters Building

Sep 19 2014 10:30AM Hematopathology Consensus Conference BJCIH Building, Conference Room 5829

Sep 19 2014 11:00AM Block 2 Pathology Course Erika Crouch, M.D., Ph.D. - Pathology of Chronic Airflow Limitation Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Connor Auditorium

Sep 19 2014 2:00PM Autopsy Gross Sign Out Conference Autopsy Suite, 1st Floor West Building

Sep 19 2014 4:00PM Immunology Work In Progress (WIP) Victor Cortez, Host / Grace Liu (Amarasinghe) / Justin Perry (Hsieh) / Robert Orchard (Virgin) - Childrens Hospital - 3rd Floor Auditorium

Sep 22 2014 1:00PM Block 2 Pathology Course Danielle Carpenter, M.D. - Atherosclerosis Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Connor Auditorium

Sep 22 2014 2:15PM Block 2 Pathology Course Deborah Novack, M.D., Ph.D. - Ischemic Heart Disease Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Connor Auditorium

Sep 22 2014 3:15PM Block 2 Pathology Course Deborah Novack, M.D., Ph.D. - Ischemic Heart Disease Case Studies Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Connor Auditorium

Sep 22 2014 4:15PM *Immunology Seminar Series Edward Pearce, Ph.D., WUSM, Department of Pathology and Immunology - Metabolic Reprogramming in the Activation of Monouclear Phagocytes Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Connor Auditorium

Sep 23 2014 12:00PM *LGM Case Conference Andy Hsi, MD/Jeff Papiernik, MD Molecular West Building, 3rd Floor, Path Library, Room 3723

Sep 25 2014 9:00AM Block 2 Pathology Course Danielle Carpenter, M.D. / Erika Crouch, M.D., Ph.D. / John Pfeifer, M.D., Ph.D. - Pathology of ILD and COPD Lab Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Room 402A, 402B, 403A, 403B, 404A, 404B

Sep 25 2014 12:00PM *Laboratory and Genomic Medicine Grand Rounds Bin Zhang, PhD TBD Center for Advanced Medicine, 3rd Floor, Farrell Conference Center, Room 2

Sep 26 2014 4:00PM Immunology Work In Progress (WIP) Robert Orchard, Host / Kelli VanDussen (Stappenbeck) / Anuja Java (Atkinson) - Childrens Hospital - 3rd Floor Auditorium

Sep 29 2014 4:15PM *Immunology Seminar Series John Harty, Ph.D., University of Iowa - CD8 T Cell Responses Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Connor Auditorium

Sep 30 2014 12:00PM *LGM Case Conference Craig Wilen, MD, PhD/Yaman Tarabishy, MD TBD West Building, 3rd Floor, Path Library, Room 3723

Oct 1 2014 11:00AM Block 2 Pathology Course Erika Crouch, M.D., Ph.D. - Approach to Renal Disease and Mechanisms of Renal Injury Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Connor Auditorium