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From the Labs: The image of the month shows cytoplasmic distribution of p53-R175H mutant protein (green) in TYK-Nu ovarian cancer cells that have been treated with the drug MCB-613. Image courtesy of Dr. Achuth Padmanabhan, instructor in molecular & cell biology. Read about the research he and Dr. JoAnne Richards, professor of molecular & cell biology, are conducting in this article from the blog. You can receive twice-weekly articles on Baylor's research and innovation highlights as they are posted by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the "Subscribe" box on the right. Or get a digest at the end of the month with links to the articles posted that month by emailing science writer Ana Rodríguez with "Subscribe me to From the Labs" in the subject line.


The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has launched new websites for each of the graduate programs. These new sites reflect the school’s transformed structure, with a shift from 12 Ph.D. programs to seven interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. The new websites are for prospective students planning to enroll in August 2019 or later. All current students and those entering this summer will complete their degree within the program in which they are currently enrolled. Faculty, students and staff may access the website for the 12 current programs using their Baylor login from the Current Students page of the GSBS website.

The Volunteer Time Off Policy proved a hit with 207 employees from 70 units participating in fiscal year 2018. Faculty and staff may take one workday per fiscal year for community service activities. Baylor contributed a total of 1,656 hours; 976 hours to 82 religious, educational and service organizations and 680 hours to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Kenneth Barning, assistant professor of family & community medicine, is featured in this week’s Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. He represents his department’s faculty on the Senate.


imageDr. Joslyn Fisher, associate professor of medicine, has been appointed to the position of vice chair for faculty and staff development for the Department of Medicine. She assumes the role from Dr. Thomas Giordano, associate professor of medicine, who is now section chief of infectious medicine.


imageDr. Andy Groves, professor of neuroscience and molecular & human genetics, was recognized with a Vivian L. Smith Endowed Chair in Neuroscience at the May meeting of the Board of Trustees. A Baylor faculty member since August 2008, he leads a research program investigating inner ear development, cochlear patterning and hair cell regeneration, with implications for the millions of people with hearing loss.


imageDr. Fritz Sedlazeck, assistant professor in the Human Genome Sequencing Center, and Dr. Arne Nolte of the University of Oldenburg, Germany, have been awarded a grant to conduct comparative genomics on the European cavefish, newly discovered in the depths of the Danube-Aach cave system in Southern Germany. The grant from Pacific Biosciences and GENEWIZ will provide them access to high-quality sequencing systems, as well as materials and bioinformatics support.


imageDr. Eric Storch, professor of psychiatry & behavioral science, was honored with the McIngvale Family Endowed Chair in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at the May Board Meeting. Recognized internationally as a leader in OCD and cognitive behavioral therapy, he was recruited in January to establish a successful OCD clinical and research initiative at Baylor Psychiatry Clinic.


College Events

Biomedical Data Science: Dr. Chris Amos, professor of medicine – epidemiology & population science and director of the Duncan Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, hosts two seminars on biomedical data science at main Baylor next week.

  • Dr. Ivan Gorlova, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, speaks on "The role of functionality and selection in clinically relevant germline and somatic genetic variants" at 10 a.m. Monday, July 9, in Room 187A.
  • Dr. Olga Gorlova, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, presents "Genetic and epidemiological factors of lung cancer risk and progression" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, in Room 187A.

Breast Cancer Summit: OncLive State of the Science Summit: Breast Cancer will present the latest research for healthcare professionals from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Greenway Plaza. The summit is sponsored by Baylor's Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and co-chaired by Dr. Matthew Ellis, professor, McNair Scholar and director of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center. Register online.

Faculty Opportunities

Alumni Awards 2019: Nominations are open for the College’s Alumni Awards 2019. To nominate faculty and alumni and view past awardees, please see the alumni website. The recognition ceremony and dinner are set for May 2 at the St. Regis Houston. Nominations are due Sept. 28.

Faculty Resources

Faculty Portfolio: The Office of Faculty Development presents “An Introduction to Portfolios for Academic Promotion and Awards,” 1 – 3 p.m. Friday, July 13, in Room N317, main Baylor. Dr. Geeta Singhal, associate professor of pediatrics, Dr. Susan Raine, associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology, and Dr. Nancy Weigel, professor of molecular & cellular biology, give tips and strategies for preparing a clinical or educational portfolio. RSVP to Debbie Fernandez to attend.

For a Good Cause

Alzheimer's Study: Volunteers are needed for a clinical research study on an investigational medicine to see if it may reduce symptoms of agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Study participants must be between 50 to 90 years old, have moderate to severe agitation due to Alzheimer's and have a caregiver able to attend all study visits. Learn more about this study online or contact Uzma Khalid at (713) 873-5145.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Event

Breast Cancer Conversations: Dr. Matthew Ellis, professor, McNair Scholar and director of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, hosts a community forum on "Treatments in Breast Cancer: What’s New?" The event begins at 5:30 p.m. July 19 at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus. Free registration is available online.

Clinical Symposia

Trauma Support: The "Restorative Support for Families after Traumatic Death: Building a Bereavement-Informed Community" conference is set for Sept. 21 – 22 at Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women. Speakers include Dr. Julie Kaplow, associate professor of pediatrics – psychiatry, and director of the Trauma and Grief Center at TCH, and Dr. Ted Rynearson, professor at the University of Washington and medical director of Virginia Mason Separation and Loss Services. Registration is open online.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Call for Nominations

Rita Allen Foundation Scholars: The College may nominate one candidate for the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program, which supports research scientists in cancer, immunology and neuroscience in the early stages of their careers. Individuals chosen will receive support of up to $110,000 annually for up to five years. The internal deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, July 16. More information is available on the online portal.

Research Resources

AI & Machine Learning: The College's Translational Research Institute for Space Health livestreams a one-day workshop on "Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare in Long-duration Human Space Flight" on July 31. Recognized experts from academia and industry will offer presentations on topics from wearable technology to AI to deep learning in this free virtual forum open to the public. See the website for more information.

GrantForward: The College now has access to GrantForward, a research funding search tool that uses specialized data-crawling technology to constantly update the extensive database of sponsors and funding opportunities, allowing thousands of grant opportunities to be gathered from more than 9,000 U.S. sponsors. You can sign up with your BCM email account and log in to create a profile with keywords and specific research areas. Features include the ability to build and search by profile, which creates recommended opportunities, and to set personalized searches, alerts and filters.

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