News

2021

September

June

  • Blake got a job! May graduate Blake Langefels (B.S. Biochemistry) was hired as a lab manager at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Gainfully employed McMurry Lab survivors +1! Excelsior!

May

Farewell '21

March

  • It was a long road, winding through the research world but then landing in medical school, but soon-to-be Dr. Dino Romero, M.D. (KSU '13) has matched in General Surgery at Memorial Healthcare in Ft. Lauderdale. Sun, sand and Florida Man await! Godspeed, Dr. Dino!

Dino Match Day

  • The McMurry Lab just got woke! Er... OK, we got Wake! Hope Didier, '21 was accepted into Wake Forest School of Medicine P.A./Ph.D. Program. First a doctorate in Molecular Medicine and Translational Science, then an M.M.S. in P.A. studies for kicks! To our knowledge, Hope is the first KSU alumna to be admitted to a combined doctoral/medical graduate program. Go Deacs! Go Hope!

Hope Wake

  • Another McMurry Lab Miracle!!! Up from the mean streets of Burley, Idaho, forged in the crucible of the McMurry Lab, from thence to scientific greatness!!!! Rock-star undergrad, Carrie Lyn Barron just burst into lab and collapsed on the floor, screaming with joy that she got into Case Western's Ph.D. Program! We've never seen someone so excited about moving to Cleveland, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Congrats, Carrie Lyn! Polycystic kidney disease has no idea what it's in for!

Carrie Lyn Barron

2020

December

  • We bid a "don't let the door hit you in the tuchus on your way out" to 2020. And even though they didn't cure COVID-19, or cancer, or, well... anything, McMurry still took the group to lunch. Better luck next year, guys!

McMurry Group Dec. 2020

 

 

 

June

  • Another McMurry Lab MiracleTM! When she joined the group, she was just another lump of scientific coal, another kid fresh off the mean streets of Parnu, Estonia. But forged in the crucible of two years' of grueling training in the McMurry Lab, she has emerged a shining diamond of a young scientist! Meet our latest contribution to America's Biomedical Research Workforce, Laura-Maria Oja, M.S.! Lolo is off to a research associate position at the Carl Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC, where she will work to develop new stem cell therapeutic technologies. Godspeed and Excelsior, Lolo!

Laura-Maria Oja

April

  • The COVID shutdown couldn't shut her down! Laura-Maria Oja (MSCB '20) not only defended her thesis with flying colors and unanimous approbation from her committee, but was named the CSM Outstanding Graduate Student! Congratulations, Lolo! Now to find a job...

February

  • Buckeyes, Hokies & Gophers, oh, my! Once again proving that students can go anywhere from the McMurry Lab Launching Pad, alumnus Luke Dickson ('17, MSIB '19) was admitted to DVM Program at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary MedicineEmma Henry ('19) has accepted an offer of admission to Viriginia Tech's Ph.D. Program in Biological SciencesMichael Woods (MSIB '21) is short-circuiting his MS program because he's been called up to the Big Leagues. After receiving several competitive offers, he has chosen to accept that of the University of Minnesota Pharmacology Ph.D. Program! #StillNotTiredofAlltheWinning! 
  • Superstar undergrad Hope Didier ('21) was invited to present her research "Downtown" at the Board of Regents and then, on the 25th, at Posters at the Capitol. McMurry showed up to bask in the glow of Didier's reflected glory.

Hope @ BoRDidier at Posters at the Capitol

January

  • Yet another paper that will forever be in preprint. Check out our manuscript "Utilization of a cell-penetrating peptide-adaptor for delivery of HPV protein E2 into cervical cancer cells to arrest cell growth and promote cell death" at biorvix right here!

2019

December

  • Congratulations to Maria Mbugua (MSIB '19), who defended her MSIB thesis and graduated ahead of schedule! Her thesis is embargoed until we get the papers out, but when we do (or Dec. 2024, whichever comes first!), you can read it here!

Maria Mbugua

September

  • Alumna Verra Ngwa (MSIB '16) has received her own NIH grant as PI! "Saint" Verra was awarded a Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA for her proposal entitled "The role of vascular endothelial glutaminase in tumor vessel normalization and response to therapy." It will fund the remainder of her Ph.D. studies at Vanderbilt's Ph.D. Program in Cancer Studies! Congratulations, Verra! You're amazing!

Verra at Vandy 

July

June

  • Welcome new MSIB student Michael Woods, who is getting a jump on his M.S. program by starting his research this summer! Michael will be working with Dan to fix CRISPR/Cas.

May

  • Grant renewed! The National Institute on Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering just funded our group for another 3 years! Let's go cure something, guys!
  • News you can use!Intrepid post-doc Julia LeCher has cleared out some grad school cobwebs with a publication in Viruses! It's a freely available handy guide for what to do when you're bitten by a B-virus-infected macaque! Let's get her usage metrics up! Dowload early and often!
  • Dr. Amber Caldara ('15) defended her doctoral thesis at Emory's Cancer Biology Program. She finished her degree in a record-shattering three years, nine months! She's off to a lucrative consulting gig in the Big Apple. Another McMurry Lab MiracleTM!

Amber defending

  • Thanos 'asked' McMurry to give the Graduate Commencement address. In all his years of service to Thanos, he has never failed her. Had he declined, there would have been... judgment. Sadly, the speech is preserved for posterity here, starting ~21 minutes in.

April

  • McMurry Lab grad students Maria Mbugua and Laura-Maria Oja rocked ASBMB '19 in Orlando with two sizzling poster presentations! You can read their abstracts here and here.

March

  • All we do is win, win, win! Emma Henry ('20) has been awarded a 2019 Birla Carbon fellowship to pursue research full-time this summer! She joins the long line of McMurry Lab Birla Carbon Scholars Sydney Green, Amber Caldara, David Axford and 2018 Birla Carbon Symposium winner Hope Didier. Thanks to Aditya Birla Group and their Marietta-based subsidiary Birla Carbon for the support!
  • Match Day! McMurry Lab alumnae Lauren (Beaseley) Thomas ('14) and Katy Helms both matched at residency programs of their choice. They're off to UF-Pensacola and Wake Forest, respectively! Congratulations!

Lauren Thomas Match DayKaty Helms Match Day

  • Hot off the virtual presses! Our collaboration with Natalia Hubbs of Hanover College was accepted by Acta Virologica (the #1 Bratislava-based virology journal!). While it's in press, you can get your pre-print copy from bioRvix! Download early and often! Congratulations to Mareena Whisby-Pitts on her first publication!

January

  • Our first patent application has been published! Read it and weep, Big Pharma! We're coming for you!
  • Recent alumna Jisu Lee ('18) was featured in the Honors College newsletter with a story detailing her rugby and research exploits. And yes, that is David Axford ('18) in the upper right corner! (I call the below photo "If do right, no can defense!")

 

Jisu rugbyJisu Poster

2018

December

  • Congratulations to December McMurry Lab graduates Camila Bejarano, Jisu Lee and Hannah Moorman on their Ascension to the Pantheon of the Graduated

 

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  • Congratulations to Emma Parks (B.S. '18), admitted to 5 M.D. programs and counting!
  • Our own Daniel Morris gets his star turn on the Office of Research Website in a story about his grant! He also received a mention from President Thanos in her blog.

Dan at bench

 

 

 

 

 

September

  • To heck with Reviewer #2! After several frustrating years of trying to get it published, we've just released "Control of eNOS and nNOS through regulation of obligatory conformational changes in the reductase catalytic cycle" to bioRxiv, the Cold Spring Harbor preprint server. It's likely John Salerno's last paper. Answering reviewer criticisms without John's expertise (and mostly about to his endearingly Spartan graphing style) in lifetime spectroscopy proved too daunting a task to attempt a sixth time. Here's hoping the work finds its audience and contributes to better understanding of NOS regulation. Download early and often!

August

  • All-star undergrad Hope Didier beat out the rest of KSU's best and brightest student researchers to win the Best Presentation Award at the 2018 Birla Carbon Symposium. In addition to an all-expenses paid trip to the scientific conference of her choice, Hope won a hearty handshake and photo with Dean Anderson! 

Hope & Dean

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July

Amber HHMIDavid Commissioning

June

  • Welcome to the newest member of the McMurry Group, Laura-Maria Oja (MSCB '20), who comes to us after a glorious track and field career with the Owls. She's 'off and running' on our induced pluripotent stem cell project, a collaboration with Martin Hudson.

Laura Track

 

 

 

 

May

  • Spring Minion Mayhem! Former minion Dr. Katherine (Rhoades) Smith, M.D. (KSU '14) graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine and is off to Emory for a residency in internal medicine. David Axford ('18) was featured on the KSU front page as he departs for Auburn VCOM. And Emma Parks ('18) won Outstanding Honors Student. And Kevin Patel of the Chrestensen Lab brought the most awesome E. coli apple pie evah to the lab party! Congratulations to McMurry Lab Alumni near and far! We're proud of you all! Excelsior!

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April

Steven @ Symposium

  • Doctoral program decisions have been made! Kelsey Clearman has accepted an offer from UAB's Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology Program and Shaquanna Young has accepted an offer from the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Disease Cluster at the University of Virginia! Excelsior!

Kelsey and Shaquanna

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Kelsey Clearman won the KSU Three Minute Thesis Competition, not only tearing through a field that included several doctoral candidates, but also bringing home the $500 prize! 

Kelsey 3MT winner

March

  • Congratulations to Hope Didier, who has been selected as a 2018 Birla Carbon Scholar! Hope will spend the summer working in the lab and is widely considered a favorite to win the symposium presentation award! (No pressure...). Thanks to Birla Carbon for sponsoring the award.
  • Congratulations to David Axford! David has been named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Biology and will be honored with a commemorative plaque and a hearty handshake from Dean Anderson! In other David news, next fall he will start medical school at the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn, paid for entirely by the U.S. Navy! Another McMurry Lab Miracle!(TM)

DAHope Didier

January

  • Hannah Moorman (B.S. '19) made The Waycross Journal-Herald ("South Georgia's Greatest Newspaper) for her appearance on the president's list.
  • Hot off the virtual presses! An old collaboration finally bears fruit. We provided the biosensing expertise to Oli Kerscher's group at William & Mary and his group for their SUMO work. See a cool write up of Oli's work here. Gray, D., Peek, J., Rosenberg, D., Kolla, L., Harvey, C., Levy-Myers, R. McMurry, J.L. and Kerscher, O. (2018) “SUMO targeting of a stress-tolerant Ulp1 SUMO protease,” PLoS One, 13(1):e0191391.

2017

December

  • Anchors Aweigh! Congratulations to David Axford, who was awarded a U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship - full ride to medical school! David Med School

 

 

 

 

 

October

  • Jonathan McMurry gave the Berry College Chemistry Department seminar. It was squatting room only!

Berry College talk

  • The McMurry Group presented seven (!) posters at the GABio Innovation Summit, with Kelsey Clearman taking home the hardware, winning the Anthony Shuker Poster Award! Congrats to Julia LeCher, Emma Parks, Camila Bejarano, Steven Ho, Shaquanna Young and Luke Dickson!

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  • Kelsey Clearman and Shaquanna Young presented their work at the Emory Laney Graduate Symposium.

September

  • Jonathan McMurry has been called up to The Show! Alas, for one day only...Vanderbilt Colloqium

August

Luke Dickson

June

  • Jonathan McMurry went on vacation. There was much rejoicing.

Lab June 2017

  • Another McMurry Lab Miracle™! Dr. Josh Francis successfully defended his doctoral thesis June 22 at Emory. Dr. Eric Hoffer was in the crowd of well-wishers. Great to see McMurry Lab alums doing well!

Josh Grad
Josh Talk

  • Kelsey ClearmanMareena Whisby and Shaquanna Young have been accepted to the Emory-Laney Graduate Symposium where they will present their work this October. Congratulations!
  • All of our first year MSIB students have passed their thesis proposals! 'Clearly' in the lead was Kelsey Clearman, who had the good sense to provide her committee with donut-like cupcake thingies and then skated through as committee members slipped into diabetic comas! That's how you pass your thesis proposal!!!

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