Department News

  • Dr. Sona Vasudevan Featured for her Work with the Georgetown University India Initiative
    February 10, 2017

    Our own Dr. Sona Vasudevan is dedicated to enriching the multicultural Georgetown experience through her recruitment and mentorship of Indian students. She does this not just for the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology, but is making a larger impact when teamed up with BGE recruitment efforts in India as well. Her annual Diwali festival is always highly anticipated!

  • Departmental Graduate Student Travel Award Granted to Heidi Coia
    February 5, 2016

    Ms. Coia will present her work on Lipid-peroxidation-derived DNA adduct formation in obesity-related hepatocarcinogenesis at the AARC annual meeting to be held this June in New Orleans, LA.

  • Dr. Amri invited to participate in the 4th International Congress on Analytical Proteomics
    September 7, 2015

    Dr. Amri will present her patented work on Phylomics: An Evolution-Based Data Mining Tool for Biomarkers (Synapomorphies) Discovery and Early Cancer Detection at the 4th International Congress on Analytical Proteomics on September 7-9 in Caprica, Portugal.

  • Dr. Hakima Amri invited to deliver the Breaking Talk at the Seventh Annual Next Generation Dx Summit: Moving Assays to the Clinic.
    August 18, 2015

    Dr. Amri will present From Omics to Precision Medicine at the Seventh Annual Next Generation Dx Summit: Moving Assays to the Clinic that will be held on August 18-20, 2015 in Washington DC.

  • Dr. Hakima Amri invited to first International Working Group on PhyloOncology
    June 1, 2015

    Dr. Hakima Amri invited to participate in the first international working group on PhyloOncology, sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) at Duke University, NC and the National Science Foundation.

  • Special masters program graduate publishes in Stem Cells and Development
    November 3, 2014

    Shannon Larabee, a former student in the Special Masters Program in Physiology who is now an M3 here at GUMC recently published a paper as first author in Stem Cells and Development. The paper highlights how microRNAs function in early mammalian development to control critical intracellular signaling mechanisms important for the developmental stage called gastrulation. If gastrulation is not regulated properly by these miRNAs, differentiation of cells is impaired resulting in improper formation of organs. Shannon's tenacity and hard work really paid off with a really nice investigation, says Dr. G. Ian Gallicano, the senior author.

  • Dr. Hakima Amri to deliver Plenary talk at INTRACOM 2014
    October 27, 2014

    Dr. Hakima Amri is invited to deliver the plenary talk at The 8th International Traditional and Complementary Medicine (INTRACOM) Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Oct. 30th-Nov. 2nd, 2014 on the topic of “Education and Training – Driving Force behind Professionalism” and participate in a Debate Session on “Traditional & Complementary Medicine Lacks Evidence?”

  • Patent Granted by USPTO to Dr. Hakima Amri
    June 30, 2014

    Dr. Hakima Amri's patent titled "PHYLOGENETIC ANALYSIS OF MASS SPECTROMETRY OR GENE ARRAY DATA FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF PHYSIOLOGICAL CONDITIONS" was granted today June 30, 2014 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This is a groundbreaking news as this original work applied to early detection of disease and cancer, in particular. Dr. Amri and co-inventors were the first to apply parsimony phylogenetics to biomedical research using high throughput data.

  • Dr. Hakima Amri invited to deliver the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture at the Delaware State University
    May 1, 2014

    Dr. Amri was invited to present two lectures in the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. The first one on her Systems Cancer Biology work that emphasizes disease heterogeneity and early cancer detection using parsimony phylogenetics and titled: An Evolution-Based Approach to Early Cancer Detection: PHYLOMICS®. The second on her latest book about Greco-Arabic Medicine and the monumental Canon of Medicine of Avicenna. Dr. Amri describes how observations from ancient physicians such as Hippocrates, Galen, and Avicenna are still valid and explained in light of modern biomedicine. The title of her talk is From Hippocrates to Avicenna to Biomedicine: Is there a Missing Link?

  • Dr. Danielsen appointed to AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies
    April 9, 2014

    Dr. Danielsen was recently appointed GUMC’s senior representative to the AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS). This new council gives a strong voice to all faculty, junior and senior. With 241 attendees, the first ever CFAS spring meeting in Nashville sent a strong signal about this constituency’s hunger for engagement and input into the forces transforming academic medicine. Attendees alternated between hearing from inspiring thought leaders and working sessions to help shape CFAS priorities. AAMC had a record 17 staff on hand to hear from these new voices and lay the foundation for bi-directional communication. Dr Danielsen commented that CFAS is a fantastic opportunity for Georgetown to help shape the national priorities of the AAMC and thus the course of transformation of academic medicine in the U.S.