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Welcome our new Industry Partner for the ABS-PSM Industrial Advisory Board

Meet the co-founder and CEO of TheraCea Pharma: Dr. Iman Daryaei. Dr. Daryaei is passionate in chemistry, and has obtained a B.Sc., M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in the field. His passion and interests lead him to have a diverse background in several fields of science through experience in multidisicplinary research teams, from oncology to biomedical imagine, to biological chemistry. He's been working in the industry for 5 years now, and has developed a strong interest in entrepreneurship after being involved with the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Arizona; this has also let him become selected as a NSF ICORP Awardee. 

With the accumulation of his participations, he founded TheraCea Pharma. The mission of this biotechnology company is to develop new diagnostic agents for the detection of cancer. Inspirationally, the core technology of this is thanks to his research as a graduate student at the UA. His goal for his company  is to offer improved diagnostic tools for early detection in order to present better and additional treatment options to patients.

Dr. Daryaei decided to join our Industrial Advisory Board because he has grown to realize that management, leadership, and professional skills are very important in the industry sector. He found the ABS program to be the perfect combination of science and professional development, and would like to offer guidance and advisement to our ABS-PSM students as others patiently have when he was a student. He believes in the potential of the program and would like to be involved to help improve the industry by influencing and counseling future entreprenur scientists such as himself.

 

 

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Congratulations to our Spring 2021 ABS Fellow, Roslyn Curry!

Every term, the ABS-PSM program likes to highlight a student for their outstanding academic performance and research within the program and select them as an ABS Fellow.

Roslyn Curry has been working with Dr. William Montfort in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department for the past five years. The projects she has worked on includes the determination of the function of the coiled-coil domain in nitric oxide binding to soluble guanylyl cyclase, and determining the role of nitric oxide in the progression of triple-negative breast cancer. Her duties include cell culture, protein isolation, binding tests, protein construct design via mutagenesis, cancer cell culture, western blotting, and image analysis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barbara Fransway, Spring 2013 Graduate, is the 2021 Keynote Speaker for BIO5 Inspiring Women in STEM Panel
 

       

Barbara Fransway from the Applied Biosciences (PSM) program - Molecular and Cellular Biology track, will be the keynote speaker for the BIO5 Inspiring Women in STEM panel. Barbara is now a Manager at Genomic Research Services at the University of Arizona Genetics Core. This event - happening on February 2, 2021 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM - involves an interactive panel of inspiring women from cross-disciplinary STEM fields who will share their unique journeys. The panelists will be representative of different career stages to offer the broadest perspective possible. Following the panel discussion, there will be a one-on-one networking session with panelists providing attendees with an opportunity to gain further insight. This event is open to local community members, high school students, and the UA community at large, and is designed to inspire women in their pursuit of a STEM education and/or career. 

If interested in the event, please follow this link: https://mailchi.mp/4046a4cb22f5/save-the-date-discover-bio5-open-house-a...

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K.J. Bryson, Spring 2017 Graduate - Lands Job at Roche/Ventana

Keenan Joshua Bryson was recently appointed Senior Research Associate at Roche/Ventana. Here is how he describes his job and how he prpared for it:

As part of my new role as Senior Research Associate, I will be responsible for the design, execution and interpretation of experiments assigned to me. As part of my duties I will prepares technical reports, summaries, protocols and quantitative analyses.  Additionally, I will train employees and supervise personnel and laboratory operations.

I would not have been prepared for such an endeavor without the education, support, and guidance I received from everyone involved with the Professional Science Master's program at the University of Arizona. The advice and resources provided to me through my Academic Advisors, my program's Director of Graduate Studies, and the chair of  the PSM program were invaluable and applicable throughout my career post graduate school.

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2016-2017 graduates of the Professional Science Masters in Applied Biosciences

Student Name

Degree Term

ABS-PSM Track

Advisor’s Name

Master’s Report Title

Angel Aguirre

Fall 2016

Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences

Anne M. Wertheimer, Ph.D.

Application of Process Improvement Methods to the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Talent Acquisition at Southern Arizona VA Health Care Systems

Keenan Joshua Bryson Spring 2017 Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences Anne M. Wertheimer, Ph.D.

Consolidation of the Banner University Medical Center South Campus Microbiology Laboratory

Daniela De Jesus Cabrera Spring 2017 Industrial Microbial Biotechnology Gerardo U. Lopez, Ph.D.

Cultural and molecular PCR-based methods for the detection and quantification of foodborne pathogens: A comparison in leafy greens, ready-to-eat meats and cheese

Duan Copeland Spring 2017 Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences Anne M. Wertheimer, Ph.D.

Gut microbiota diversity and abundance in the European honey bee, Apis mellifera

Kristen Demko Spring 2017 Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences Anne M. Wertheimer, Ph.D.

Potential Complications in Identification of Acinetobacter Baumannii in Blood Cultures

Patricia Espinosa Artiles Spring 2017 Industrial Microbial Biotechnology Istvan Molnar, Ph.D.

Heterologous expression of the halogenase gene rdc2 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Use of magnetic nanoparticles in plasmid and genomic DNA isolation.”

Gaoyuan Huang Summer 2017 Diagnostics Laboratory Sciences Anne M. Wertheimer, Ph.D.

Optimization of Assays for Characterization of Cardiomyocytes Derived from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Krista Jacobson Spring 2017 Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences Anne M. Wertehimer, Ph.D.

A Comparison of Assay Development in Two Biotech Companies

Aakriti Kapoor Spring 2017 Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences Mark Nelson, Ph.D.

The effects of TAF1 depletion on cyclin gene expression

 

Clayton Lanham Spring 2017 Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences Anne M. Wertheimer, Ph.D.

Planning a Road to Success From Assay Development to Intellectual Property

 

Mollie Kaye Lloyd Spring 2017 Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences Anne M. Wertheimer, Ph.D.

Quality Assurance Plan Development For A Double-Blind Phase III Clinical Trial

Angela K. Muise Spring 2017 Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences Anne M. Wertheimer

Building a Biobank Quality Management System

Tyler Joseph Neenan Spring 2017 Molecular & Cellular Biology Michael Danes, M.D.

The Role of Innate Immunity in Vertebrate Models of Asthma

Joji Marie Yap Teves Spring 2017 Molecular & Cellular Biology Lalitha Madhavan, Ph.D.

Primary Skin Fibroblast as a Model for Parkinson's disease

 2015-2016 graduates of the Professional Science Masters in Applied Biosciences

Student Name

Degree Term

ABS-PSM Track

Advisor’s Name

Master’s Report Title

Chama Attalah

Spring 2016

Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences

Qin Chen, Ph.D.

Investigation of Compounds that May Protect from Statin-Induced Myotoxicity in C2c12 and H9c2 cells

Dustin Harry Daniel

Spring 2016

Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences

Pascale Charest, Ph.D.

Methods for studying chemoattractant-induced RasC activation in Dictyostelium

Siyuan Feng

Spring 2016

Molecular & Cellular Biology

Qin Chen, Ph.D.

Stress Granule Formation under Oxidative Stress

Atehkeng Zinkeng Fuayagem

Spring 2016

Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences

Anne Wertheimer, Ph.D.

Validation of a molecular based rapid diagnostic for Coccidioidomycosis  (Valley Fever)

 

 

Nicholas Maksim

Fall 2015

Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences

Natalie Whitfield, Ph.D.

Project Management within the Sterile Drug Manufacturing Industry

Dakota Maness

Spring 2016

Molecular & Cellular Biology

Lisa Nagy, Ph.D.

A Journey through the Hunter Lab

Conor Quinlan

Spring 2016

Controlled Environment Agriculture

Gene Giacomelli, Ph.D.

Variable Cost and Marketing Survey Analysis of an Aquaponic Green House

Matthew Shallenberger

Summer 2016

Industrial Microbial Biotechnology

Istvan Molnar, Ph.D.

Kinase screening and profiling using a luciferase fragment complementation assay

Alfred Stangl

Spring 2016

Molecular & Cellular Biology

Lisa Nagy, Ph.D.

Protein Microarray Mediated Target Identification

Bryanne Wadington

Spring 2016

Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences

Hanna Fares, Ph.D.

Umbilical Cord Blood Education

Jin Ying Xu

Summer 2016

Industrial Microbial Biotechnology

Istvan Molnar, Ph.D.

Introduction of fish vaccines and fish hormones into Soybean and Camelina

Melissa Amanda Lanee Young

Summer 2016

Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences

 

Part I:  Surface Modification of Magnetic Nanoparticles for the Recovery of Plasmid DNA and Exclusion of Endotoxins in Recombinant DNA Assays

 

 Part II: Biosafety and Environmental Health Program Implementation Related to Manufacturing and Research of Medical Diagnostic Systems Focusing on Biopsy-Based Cancer Tests and Reagents

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Congratulations to the ABS-PSM Graduates for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Left to Right: Gregory Eldridge, Eric Victor Knight, Jeffrey Grover, Gayle Purdy, Adam Ross, Melissa Sandate, Samuel Roden, and Barbara Vieira-Shemas.

Student Name

Expected Degree Term (May or August)

ABS-PSM Track

Mentor's Name

Master's Report Title

Crystal Cardoza Summer 2015 Diagnostics Laboratory Sciences Eric Lutz, PhD Inherent Risk of Exposure to Hazardous Material in Traditional Versus Open Concept Laboratory Designs
Gregory Eldridge Spring 2015 Diagnostics Laboratory Sciences Natalie Whitfield From Pivot to Product: A Report for DemeteRx Pharmaceuticals
John Fial Fall 2014 Molecular & Cellular Biology Stephen L. Cowen Pursuing Dopamine in Behavioral and Physiological Experiments
Gayle Lindsay Purdy Spring 2015 Industrial Microbial Biotechnology Rachel Elizabeth Gallery Using soil amendments in a warming climate, can we restore native communities on mining sites?
Eric Victor Knight Spring 2015 Diagnostics Laboratory Sciences Natalie Whitfield Targeting BCL2 and MYC DNA secondary structures by novel compounds to lower gene expression in DLBCL
Jeffrey Grover Spring 2015 Molecular & Cellular Biology Rebecca Mosher Investigation of Nuclear-Cytoplasmic Shuttling of AGO4 and its Effect on RNA-directed DNA Methylation in Arabidopsis thaliana
Muyang Li Spring 2015 Molecular & Cellular Biology Lisa Nagy A Journey Through Cancer Research
Nikita Tushar Modi Spring 2015 Molecular & Cellular Biology Lisa Nagy Optimization of Biochemical Assay for Characterization of Inhibitors for Type-1 Activin Like Kinase Receptors for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP)
Samuel Roden Spring 2015 Molecular & Cellular Biology David Harris Investigation Into the Effects of Prolonged Space Flight on the Immune System Through Microgravity
Adam Ross Spring 2015 Molecular & Cellular Biology Daniela Zarnescu Development of an in Vitro Model of Peripheral Nerve Mylelination
Melissa Sandate Spring 2015 Molecular & Cellular Biology Margaret Briehl Development and Optimization of a Standard Curve for a Novel Assay that Detects Neurodegeneration by Measuring Tau Protein in Lysates of
Re-Circulating Phagocytes in Peripheral Blood 
Barbara Vieira-Shemas Spring 2015 Molecular & Cellular Biology Anne Cress Antibody Characterization for Increasing Manufacturing Efficiency.

 

ABS-PSM Fall 2014 Student Orientation

Applied Biosciences-PSM had its Fall 2014 Student Orientation on August 15, 2014 at the Thomas Keating Bio-5 Research Building.  This annual event is designed to provide incoming students with information about getting started at the University of Arizona, in general, and in the Applied Biosciences program in particular. During orientation, new students and current students will learn about available UA resources and meet the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) for the 4 tracks, the faculty and industrial board members, and the support staff: program coordinator and graduate auditor.

This year's orientation was attended by a number of industry representatives who shared information about internship opportunities in their respective organization.  The industry representative in attendance were:

Name Title Company Affiliation 
Richard Austin Senior Unit Manager Sanofi
Erica Harnish   Sanofi
Anita Bell Acting Director Arizona  Center for Innovation
 Nina Ossanna Chair BIOSA
Tom Longstreth   Talent Manager Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
Marie Wesselhoft MSDx President & Co_Founder
Ramesh Nayak MSDx Director of Research
Samantha Whitman President DemeteRx Phamaceuticals, LLC
Katherine Bliss Co-Founder DemeteRx Phamaceuticals, LLC
Karissa Trimpe Procurement Coordinator Life Legacy Foundation
Jerika Baca   Life Legacy Foundation
Patrick Nee Founder and CEO Universal BioMining

Pictured above are: (Left to right) Nina Ossanna of BIOSA, Ramesh Nayak-MSDx, Marie Wesselhoft- MSDx, Tom Longstret-Ventana, Richard Austin-Sanofi and ABS-PSM Program Chair- Istvan Molnar.

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ANNOUNCEMENT
The students listed below had successfully defended their internship (master's) reports and completed their course requirements. 

They are all Spring 2014 graduates now with degrees in Professional Science Masters in Applied Biosciences:

Kristen Hanson
ABS-PSM Track: Controlled Environment Agriculture
Master's Report: “Production and Cost Analysis of Leafy Vegetables and Herbs
in the Desert Southwest in a Low Cost High Tunnel”
Advisor: Ursula Schuch, Ph.D.

Nico Contreras
ABS-PSM Track: Molecular & Cellular Biology
Master's Report: Development of a Lateral Flow Assay
for the Rapid Detection of Bloodborne Pathogens
Advisors: Linda S. Powers, Ph.D., and Walther R. Ellis, Ph.D.

Haoyu Pan
ABS-PSM Track: Molecular & Cellular Biology
Master' Report: “Application of Fluorescence Microscopy in
the Study of AMPK Localization”
Advisor: Tsu Shuen Tsao, Ph.D.

Tracy DeCook
ABS-PSM Track: Medical & Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences
Master's Report: “Phosphohistidine in Mammalian Proteins:
Developing and Optimizing Western Blot Detection
of 1- and 3- Phosphohistidine using
Selective Monoclonal Antibodies”
Advisors: Natalie Whitfield, Ph.D., and Alan Binnie, Ph.D.

Dayanara Rojas
ABS-PSM Track: Medical & Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences
Master's Report: “Evaluation of CD30 Expression in
Various Lymphoma Diseases using Automated
Immunohistochemistry”
Advisor: Monika Schmelz, Ph.D.

and

Vanessa White
ABS-PSM Track: Medical & Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences
Master's Report: “A Blood-Based Biomarker Assay for Early Detection
of Parkinson’s Disease”

Advisor: Tsu Shuen Tsao, Ph.D.

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Congratulations to Jared Jensen and Candi Grado!

January 30, 2014

These two studensts successfully defended their oral presentations and examinations to complete their Degree in Professional Science Masters.

Jared Jensen
ABS-PSM Track: Industrial and Microbial Biotechnology
"The search for Nrf2 Inhibitors: An Internship at DemeteRx Pharmaceuticals."
DemeteRx is a local drug discovery business (UA Biopark) that uses plant-based compounds to make tumors more responsive to conventional chemotherapy treatments. Jared's committee members are Istvan Molnar, PhD (UA Applied Biosciences), Patricia Stock, PhD (UA Entomology), and DAvid Baltrus, PhD (UA Plant Sciences). Guillermo Morales, PhD (UA Bio5) also provided mentorship to Jared. On behalf of the ABS program, we offer a sincere thank you to Samantha Whitman, PhD, the co-founder of DemetRx for providing JAred with this excellent opportunity. Jared has already been accepted into a prestigious PhD program.

Candi Grado
ABS-PSM Track: Medical & Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences
"The Epidemiology and Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury: An Emerging Public Health Concern," conducted at MSDx.
MSDx is another local business at the UA Biopark. They focus on the development and characterization of novel biomarkers to monitor disease activity in neurological, autoimmune, and inflammatory disorder. A major focus is Multiple Sclerosis. Candi's committee members are Natalie Whitfield, PhD (UA Applied Biosciences), Marie Wesselhoft, MBA (MSDx and Ramesh Nayak, PhD (MSDx). Donna Wolk, PhD, (UA Applied Biosciences) was also instrumental in the development of Candi's research internship project. We are extremely grateful to MSDx for providing Candi (and several other ABS-PSM students) with a fantastic research internship opportunity.

 

Although they will not graduate until May 2014, two other Applied Biosciences students, Ian McGill and Aletheia "Lacey" Swihart, successfully defended their research internship theses.

Ian McGill
ABS-PSM Track: Medical & Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences
"The role of HTLV-1 Related Endogenous Sequence (HRES-1) in the Etiopathogenesis of Multiple Sclerosis," conducted in the Adelman lab at the University of Arizona. Ian's committee memners are Miranda Adelman, PhD (UA Applied Biosciences), Nafees Ahmad, PhD (UA Immunobiology) and Ramesh Nayak, PhD (MSDx). Ian gave a fantastic presentation.

Aletheia "Lacey" Swihart
ABS-PSM Track: Medical & Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences
Lacey did 2 internships, one focusing on the business aspects (at MSDx) of research and the second in a research laboratory. The title of her first internship paper, a white paper, is "Benchmarking Comercialization Factors in in vitro Diagnostic Companies." The second is "Correlation of HTLV-Related Endegenous Sequence, Autoimmune Disorders and Retroviral Infections," which was conducted in the Adelman lab at the University of Arizona. Lacey's committee members are Miranda Adelman, PhD (UA Applied Biosciences), Marie Wesselhoft, MBA (MSDx) and Margaret Briehl, PhD (UA Pathology). Both projects were completed and successfully defended.
 

 

Congratulations to Andrew Matias, Barbara Fransway, and Michael Wallace!

May 7,2013

These three students succesfully defended their oral presentations and examinations this past week to complete their Degree in Professional Science Masters.

Andrew Matias
ABS-PSM Track: Molecular & Cellular Biology
"Market Analysis for Environmental Protection Standards
and Pricing Structures at GFS Chemicals"
 
Barbara Fransway
ABS-PSM Track: Molecular & Cellular Biology
“Evaluation of small molecule inducers of Utrophin, 
a therapeutic target for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy”
 
Michael Wallace
ABS-PSM Track: Medical & Laboratory Sciences
“Competitive Advantage of GenMark Dx eSensor XT-8 RVP 
for Molecular Testing of Respiratory Viruses”

 

Last updated 22 Mar 2021