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Volume 4, Issue 1
  • The GSO News

    Inside this Issue


    Volume 4, Issue 1, Sept 2012

    Welcome Back from the GSO PresidentWelcome to our newest students and welcome to an exciting new year to the rest of us. As we start our final year as Georgia Health Sciences University and become Georgia Regents University, we have a tremendous opportunity in front of us to form this new university and help to start its tradition of excellence. New beginnings are a great time to let past problems go and to embrace a new future. I am personally looking forward to a wonderful year and to helping all of

    us to become the best we can be. We have a great set of officers and SGA representatives this year and will have many exciting events this year as well as branching out our philanthropic efforts to include Habitat for Humanity and the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as our continuing support of the American Heart Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. We will continue the career seminar series and look to start new traditions such as a 5K

    road race and a chili cook-off. Please let us know if there is something you are interested in or would like our help with, we are here to be our graduate student organization and help you all to be your best. Welcome again and heres to a great year!

    Kate Buckley GSO President

    GSO President Note.............................1

    2012-2013 GSO Officers.....................2

    New Students Welcome.......................2

    Biomed White Coat Ceremony............3

    GRU Branding.....................................4

    Community: Partners for Augusta.......4

    Alumni: Lakeia J Bailey, Ph.D............5 Faculty: Adviye Ergul, M.D., Ph.D.....5 Alumni: W. Kittikulsuth, Ph.D............6

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    2012/2013 GSO Officers

    Kate Buckley, President

    3rd year Biomed PhD student in Dave Hills laboratory, research interest is centered on studying the process of autophagy and its role in aging and ischemic stroke.Goal(s) for this year: Help all my officers to accomplish their goals, to lead successful fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association, and to continue the career seminar series for graduate students. Hobbies: Read, watch football and movies, and spend time with friends.

    Devaki Kumarhia, Vice President

    3rd year Biomed PhD Student in Dr. Lynnette McCluskeys laboratory, research interest is to study the immune systems role in nerve regeneration and the taste system. Goal: Make the year fun for all graduate students! Hobbies: Foster dogs, play video games, and dancing.

    Nicole Howie, Secretary

    2nd year Biomed PhD Student in Dr. Mohammed Elsalantys laboratory, research project focuses on bone/implant interface and the use of osteogenic factors to recruit new bone growth to areas of necrosis. Goal(s): Increase the number of participants within GSO and escalate the awareness of GSO among Biostatistics and Medical Illustration students. Hobbies: Reading, going to the lake, watching crime shows, and hanging out with friends.

    Cam McCarthy, Treasurer

    2nd year Biomed PhD Student in Dr. Clinton Webbs laboratory, research interest is to elucidate the potential role of toll-like receptor (TLR) 9 in vascular diseases such as hypertension.Goal(s): Give back some of the time and effort that was given to me during my first year at GHSU. Hobbies: Workout and soccer.

    Provided by Dr. Jennifer Waller

    Welcome New Students!Biomed Class of 2018

    Provided by Namita Hattangady


    Provided by Mr. William Andrews

    Medical Illustration Class of 2014

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    Welcome New Students!

    This year, for the very first time in the history our University, a white coat ceremony was arranged for the new class of the Biomedical

    Sciences PhD Program. The ceremony is similar to the tradition of several other colleges of our University such as Medicine and Dental

    Medicine. All 26 new Biomed PhD trainees with varied educational background, experience, and culture put on their new white coat

    for the first time. The white coat ceremony marks the transition of the students onto a professional track. It also serves to remind the new

    trainees of their responsibility to strictly adhere to ethical conduct and exercise integrity in science. Congratulations to all the new Ph.D.

    Biomed students and good luck on your journeys ahead!

    Special thanks to those who participated in the Scientific Integrity ceremony and helped made it a success!

    Dr. Ricardo Azziz- GHSU PresidentDr. Sylvia Smith, Interim Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

    Dr. Patricia Cameron, Acting Vice DeanDr. Sally Atherton - Regents Professor and Chair, Department of Cellular Biology & Anatomy

    Dr. Michael Brands - Professor of Physiology, Director of First Year Core CurriculumDr. Alvin Terry - Professor of Pharmacology/Toxicology & Neurology

    Staff of the College of Graduate Studies Deans Office

    Ms. Kathleen Buckley, President of the Graduate Student OrganizationMr. Anil Bhatta and Mr. Ashish Gurav, Student Ushers

    Ms. Lydia Youmans, Piano Player

    Biomedical Sciences White Coat Ceremony Namita HattangadyNicole Yiew


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    Partners for Augusta

    Rebekah Ladd, Social Chair

    2nd year Biomed PhD Student in Dr. Jeff Mumms laboratory, research interest centers on both developmental and regenerative retina projects using the zebrafish model. Goal(s): Throw some killer parties! Also, reach out to the other graduate programs and encourage more involvement outside of the Biomed majors. Personal Interests: Play video games, paint, cook, and watch terrible reality TV.

    Joanna Erion, Humanitarian

    3rd year Biomed PhD Student in Dr. Alexis Stranahans lab, research focuses on the neurocognitive effects of exercise and corticosterone in a Type 2 diabetic mouse model. Goal(s): Firstly, lead the GSO in giving back to the community and in spreading awareness of our mission as a local student organization. Secondly, participate in the leadership/organization of various community events and fund-raising. Hobbies: Running, hiking, making wine, and spending time with my dog, Rocky!

    Nicole Yiew, Editor

    2nd year Biomed PhD Student in Dr. David Pollocks laboratory, research interest is to study the role of IDO pathway in inflammation and its effect on Angiotensin II- induced hypertension model.Goal(s): Keep readers updated and connected to the happenings of faculties, alumni, and fellow graduate students.Hobbies: Hiking, listening to music, and reading.

    The last couple of months have been nothing short of making headlines for our University. The six candidate names for the GHSU-ASU merger left many students upset and disappointed - I was personally outraged. There was a strong need to express our discontent. I made a decision to organize a petition to voice our displeasures and ideas. The president of the MCG Class of 2015, Lael Reinstatler, and SGA Vice President Brett Page immediately put together an emergency meeting between student

    leaders from all of the colleges on campus, as well as a representative from ASU.

    At the meeting, it was definite that a civil,

    constructive petition was the best approach. Late into the night, after much discussion and voting, we decided that the student body advocated retaining Georgia in the name and put forward three names, Georgia Arts and Medicine University, Georgia University of Arts and Sciences,

    Branding of Georgia Regents University: Student VoiceHarrison Grace

    ...toGRU Branding, pg. 9

    Brett Heimlich

    Founded in 2011, Partners for Augusta is a campus organization that strives to connect GHSU students to the Augusta community through meaningful service opportunities. A small group of GHSU students began serving in one of the surrounding communities by volunteering in the youth development program offered through a local church. Since then, it has become a reliable and consistent source for

    GHSU students to serve in the city where they live. Partners primarily serves the historic Harrisburg neighborhood, one of GHSUs closest neighbors. In addition to being a close neighbor, Harrisburg is one of Augustas most blighted communities. Given the vast supply of talent within the GHSU community, the Partners founders feel compelled to be active within this neighborhood. The ability of service to be transformative and life-giving for both

    ...toPartners for Augusta, pg. 9

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    Nicole Yiew

    Lakiea J Bailey is a native of Indiana and received a Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine at GRU. During her student years, Lakiea trained under two respected GHSU researchers: Dr. Tohru Ikuta and Dr. Wendy Bollag. Lakieas thesis project sought to determine the nature of the link between phosphatidylglycerol generation by the functional interaction of aquaporin 3 and phospholipase D2 as well as the initiation of keratinocyte differentiation.

    Lakiea has been a successful student co-authoring four scientific publications

    in journals like British Journal of Haematology and Haematologica. She has also earned numerous awards including the Fisher Scientific Overall

    Excellence in Biomedical Research, the Southeastern Regional Lipid Conference Oral Presentation Travel Award, and

    the Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Fellowship.

    Apart from her scientific achievements,

    Lakiea exceled in extra-curricular activities and exemplifies a well-rounded

    personality. She volunteered as a Biostatistics tutor for the Doctor of Nu

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