Accomplishments

Dr. Annalise vonderEmbse is off to UC-Davis and the MIND Institute for postdoctoral training. While we’re all proud of Dr. vonderEmbse, the lab just isn’t going to be the same without her. 😦IMG_20170314_125612346

Chastity Ward (SBRP and in photo below), Alex, and Sunnie (Summer Ventures) all wrapped up their summer projects from the DeWitt Lab and gave awesome presentations! The lab feels so empty without them!

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Anna vonderEmbse giving her last poster as a graduate student (!!!) at the Society of Toxicology (SOT) annual meeting during March of 2017 in Baltimore, MD! This time next year she will be DR. vonderEmbse and hopefully presenting her postdoctoral work!IMG_20170314_125642652

Jacqui Meadows gave a fantastic poster at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) annual meeting during November of 2016 in Orlando, FL!jacqui

Ismael Gomez (SBRP) and Virginia Billings (Summer Ventures) both wrapped up their summer projects from DeWitt Lab and gave some pretty amazing presentations! We’ll miss them!

Brita Kilburg-Basnyat (a postdoctoral scholar in the laboratory of Dr.GWIS Kym Gowdy), Jacqueline Meadows (DeWitt Lab doctoral student), and Anna vonderEmbse (DeWitt Lab doctoral student) present at the Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) 2016 National Conference! Women of toxicology rock!!

Jaein Yoon gave her final Honors Medicine research presentation after a year in the DeWitt Lab! She will be heading off to UNC-CH this fall to explore a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health.

Woot woot to Anna vonderEmbse for being chosen as grand champion at the second annual ECU 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition AND for being selected as the best student platform at the Eastern Carolina Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting! Go Anna you’re super awesome go Anna!

First edited book! @ToxicologyChick is geeking out!
First edited book! @ToxicologyChick is geeking out!

Super duper big awesome congratulations to Dr. Jason Franklin (December 2014 graduate of the DeWitt Lab), who will be joining the Neurotoxicology Branch in the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a postdoctoral trainee! Yay Dr. Franklin and yay to the U.S. EPA for bringing on an outstanding trainee!

Congratulations to Andrew Wood, Catherine Taylor, and Jessi Zhou, who all graduate this year! Andrew will be heading to dental school and Catherine and Jessi will be college freshman this fall! Yay higher education!!

Dr. DeWitt was one of four speakers selected to present to an audience at the Food and Drug Administration about how to assess the immunotoxicity of exogenous compounds (http://www.toxicology.org/ai/meet/fda/fdacolloquia041415.asp). Learning about how to use data from laboratory science to inform policy was amazing!

Congratulations to Jason Franklin! He successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on Wednesday, November 19! On December 19, he graduated, received his hood, and became Dr. Jason Franklin!

The DeWitt Lab has received notification that we’ve been given another seed grant from the The Harriet and John Wooten Laboratory for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research at ECU to continue to evaluate microglial responses in an Alzheimer’s disease model. We also have paired up with Dr. Ruth Schwalbe in our Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, who will be looking at glycosylation of potassium channels in our model. Fingers crossed that this improves our understanding of some of the key events of microglial activation. Anna vonderEmbse will be starting on her dissertation research and Corey Boles will wrap up his master’s thesis research with the funding from this grant.

Congratulations to Andrew Wood! He was awarded a fall 2014 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) award through the Office of Undergraduate Research at ECU. He will use these funds for a project designed to understand early-life immune insults in Alzheimer’s disease.

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