GDBBS Awards Banquet 2016

The 7th Annual GDBBS Awards Banquet was held on September 22, 2016 at the Druid Hills Golf Club. Click here to download the event program.

Students of the Year

BCDB
Paul Donlin‐Asp
Advisor: Gary Bassell, PhD


CB

Katelyn Ponder
Advisor: Larry Boise, PhD


GMB

Michael Christopher
Advisor: David Katz. PhD


IMP

Ryan Martinez
Advisor: Brian Evavold, PhD


MMG

Lalita Priyamvada
Advisor: Jens Wrammert, PhD

&
Kendra Quicke
Advisor: Mehul Suthar, PhD


MSP

Scott Cordova
Advisor: Hyunsuk Shim, PhD


NS

Lukas Hoffman
Advisor: Sam Sober, PhD


PBEE

Carolyn Ayers
Advisor: Berry Brosi, PhD

Award Recipients

Graduate Career Award
Marc Schureck, PhD, BCDB
Advisor: Christine Dunham, PhD


Student Teaching Award
Arielle Valdez, NS, MD/PhD
Advisor: Gary Bassell, PhD


Career Teaching Award
Alicia Cutler, BCDB
Advisors: Grace Pavlath, PhD & Anita Corbett, PhD


Student Leadership Award
George Inglis, GMB
Advisor: Andrew Escayg, PhD


Outreach/Community Service Award
Christopher Lewis, IMP, MD/PhD
Advisor: Jacques Galipeau, MD


Student Mentor Award
Michelle Giddens, NS
Advisor: Randy Hall, PhD


Faculty Mentor Award
Adam Marcus, PhD
BCDB & CB Programs



Distinguished Alumnus Award
Jing Chen, PhD

Jing Chen, PhD, is Professor of Hematology/Medical Oncology, Director, Division of Basic and Translational Sciences, and Associate Director of Research, Division of Hematology at Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D training in Dr. Haian Fu's laboratory (1997-2001) in Biochemistry, Cell and Development Biology Program of GDBBS at Emory University, and was trained as a HHMI Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Gary Gilliland's laboratory at Harvard Medical School before joining Winship Cancer Institute in 2004. Dr. Chen is interested in the signaling basis of pathogenesis and disease development of human cancers. His current research focus is to further the molecular understanding of cancer metabolism and identify key metabolic enzymes as novel anti-cancer targets. Dr. Chen has published many seminal papers in top journals including Cancer Cell, Molecular Cell, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Science Signaling, PNAS, JCI and Blood etc. Dr. Chen received many prestigious awards including American Cancer Society (ACS) Scholar Award, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Scholar Award, Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCC) Distinguished Cancer Scholar Award, and Winship 5K Scholar Award.

Special Thanks

On behalf of the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, I would like to express my sincerest appreciation to all of you that took time out of your busy schedules to help us celebrate the achievement of students and faculty at this 7th Annual GDBBS Awards Banquet.

To all faculty, students, and staff: thank you for your continual efforts to make the GDBBS among the most successful programs in modern biological and biomedical research and a true model for interdisciplinary training.
 
The GDBBS Staff and I would like to give special thanks to Dean Lisa Tedesco and the James T. Laney Graduate School for continuing to provide the resources for the funding of this event.
 
This event would not be as special if we did not have the financial contributions of our alumni, including Bill and Cathy Rice, Paul Orser, and Margaret and Thomas Lew. Thank you for your efforts and for taking the time to come and celebrate with us. We are particularly happy to have more alumni with us for this year’s event.
 
I would especially like to thank the GDBBS and LGS staff members, Monica Taylor and Robin Harpak, along with Mary Moore and Katie Busch, for your continued efforts to organize this special occasion.
 
Sincerely,
Nael A. McCarty, PhD
Marcus Professor of Cystic Fibrosis Department of Pediatrics
Director, GDBBS