Graduate Program in Pathobiology

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Pathobiology Thesis Seminar
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Speaker: Jonathan Ling
Ph.D. Candidate
Title: The Role of Cryptic Exon Repression in Neurogenesis and Neurodegeneration
Place: Darner Conference Room (across from Turner fountain)
Advisors: Dr. Philip Wong

Pathobiology Thesis Seminar
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 12:00 noon
Speaker: Rosie Jiang
Ph.D. Candidate
Title: Therapeutic Vaccine and Drug Development for Gynecologic Cancer
Place: Owens Auditorium (between the CRB's)
Advisors: Dr. Richard Roden

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Pathobiology Thesis Seminar
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Speaker: Allison Hanaford
Ph.D. Candidate
Title: Using a novel human neural stem cell model of aggressive medulloblastoma to investigate new therapeutic strategies
Place: Mountcastle Auditorium, PCTB
Advisors: Dr. Charles Eberhart and Dr. Eric Raabe

Pathobiology Thesis Seminar
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:00 pm
Speaker: Meng Su
Ph.D. Candidate
Title: Role of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes in the Acute Myeloid Leukemia Bone Marrow Microenvironment
Place: CRB I, Rm. 3M42
Advisor: Dr. Richard Jones

Pathobiology Thesis Seminar
Speaker: Bo-Yi Sung
Ph.D. Candidate
Title: Human Memory CD8 T Cells Polyfunctionality is Epigenetically Controlled by PRMT1
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: MRB G03
Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Schneck

Pathobiology Thesis Seminar
Speaker: Yi-Hsin Lin
Ph.D. Candidate
Title: Generation of a spontaneous HPV-16 E6/E7 expressing pre-clinical tumor model for therapeutic intervention
Date: Monday, November 28, 2016
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: CRB II, 111
Advisor: Dr. TC Wu

Pathobiology Thesis Seminar
Speaker: Michael Ayars
Ph.D. Candidate
Title: RNA Expression Patterns in Pancreatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia
Date: Monday, October 31, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: CRB II, 111
Advisor: Dr. Michael Goggins

Pathobiology Thesis Seminar
Speaker: Alyssa Walker
Ph.D. Candidate
Title: Survival Pathways in Breast Cancer Cells during Glucose Deprivation
Date: Monday, August 1, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: CRB II, 1M 13
Advisor: Dr. Edward Gabrielson

Pathobiology Thesis Seminar
Speaker: AByunghak Kang, D.V.M.
Ph.D. Candidate
Title: Single-step BRAFV600E induction of right sided colon cancer phenotype by autonomous Wnt-activation and stem-cell expansion
Date: Monday, June 13, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Owens Auditorium (CRB I & II Corridor)
Advisor: Dr. Steve Baylin
Co-Advisor: Dr. Hariharan Easwaran

Pathobiology Thesis Seminar
Speaker: Annie Hsieh
Ph.D. Candidate
Title: Oncogenic MYC Disrupts Molecular Clock and Metabolism in Cancer Cells and Drosophila
Date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Mountcastle Auditorium (PCTB)
Advisor: Dr. Chi Van Dang

Pathobiology Thesis Seminar
Speaker: Wan Yee Leong
Ph.D. Candidate
Title: Src Stimulates RUNX1 Trans-Activation to Favor Granulopoiesis
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Darner Conference Room, Turner G007
Advisor: Dr. Alan Friedman

Congratulations Jonathan Ling!

We are proud to announce the outstanding achievement of current Pathobiology graduate student, Jonathan Ling for his recently published article in Science, titled:
"TDP-43 repression of nonconserved cryptic exons is compromised in ALS-FTD"
Science. 2015 Aug 7;349(6248):650-5.
doi: 10.1126/science.aab0983.
Article link:

Jonathan Ling comes from Boston, MA. He received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins in 2010. After taking several neuroscience classes, he joined a lab at Johns Hopkins and began researching the role of TARDBP and c9orf72 in the pathophysiology of FTD/ALS. Jon has taken advantage of the synergy between basic science and translational medicine that the Pathobiology program provides to further supplement his research experience.

Watch Jonathan Ling & Dr. Philip Wong take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! (As seen on CBS & Fox News)

Congratulations Dr. Cheryl Koh!

Congratulations to former Pathobiology graduate student, Cheryl Koh, Ph.D. for her recently published article in Nature, titled:
"MYC regulates the core pre-mRNA splicing machinery as an essential step in lymphomagenesis"
Nature 2015 Jul 11;523(7558):96-100. Epub 2015 May 11.

These authors contributed equally to this work.
Cheryl M. Koh & Marco Bezzi

Article Link:

Cheryl Mei-Yi Koh, Ph.D.
Agency for Science, Technology & Research
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB)
Singapore 138673, Singapore

I am currently studying the role of the protein arginine methyltransferases PRMT5 and PRMT7 in normal hematopoiesis and in Myc-induced lymphomas. My PhD research focused on the network of Myc-driven oncogenic processes in prostate carcinogenesis and was carried out in the lab of Angelo M De Marzo, MD, PhD, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA.

Congratulations on winning the Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition!

The Hopkins Graduate Student Consulting Club (JHGCC) successfully hosted a Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition on Friday, Apr 10, 2015 at the Homewood campus. The Case Competition was a great success with more than 50 teams (over 200 people) registered and 8 judges representing various sponsoring consulting firms on the day. The event culminated in 5 finalist team presentations in front of the client team from Johns Hopkins Medicine International, who were pleased to see the variety and depth of the recommendations that the teams came up with. This event provided undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs interested in a career in consulting a hands-on opportunity to solve a complex business case and network with professionals in the field.

The 1st place winner is a three-person team from the Pathology Department

Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition Winners
To learn more about the The Hopkins Graduate Student Consulting Club (JHGCC) and the competition, please click here.

Pathobiology Graduate Program Student Awards

Scholar-in-Training Travel Award Winners

Heidi Hempel and Corey Porter were recipients of the Scholar-in-Training Travel Award to attend the AACR Sixth Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved. The conference took place November 9-12, 2014 at the Grant Hyatt San Antonio, Texas.

Allison Hanaford received the 2014 Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award for her abstract titled: Targeting glutamine metabolism as a therapeutic strategy in MYC-driven medulloblastoma.

Congratulations Heidi, Corey and Allison!