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Dr. James Peters Receives Student Technology Fee Committee Request for Funding
IPN’s Dr. James Peters has been granted funding from the Student Technology Fee Committee resulting from his presentation: Competitive Upgrade to Undergraduate Neuroscience/Physiology Program Equipment, the goal of which is to provide a digital dissecting microscope and to expand lab capacity with a recording system in McCoy 201N. The request will result in the Student Technology Fee Committee recommending an allocation of $54,500 to the Board of Regents at their next meeting.
WSU grant will help fight devastating citrus diseaseRead More
Graduate Student Megan Slaker Received GPSA Award of Excellence
Neuroscience graduate student Megan Slaker was awarded the GPSA Excellence award for her contribution as a Research Assistant in Fall 2015.
Program aims to eradicate human rabies by 2030
Washington State University is playing a vital role in the World Health Organization’s effort to eradicate human rabies from the planet by 2030.Read More
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8 IPN Faculty Awarded Newbrey Teaching Awards
Several IPN faculty members have been awarded Newbrey Teaching Awards. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Thomas Wurtz for receiving the 2016 AASVF/Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student ScholarshipsCongratulations to Thomas Wurtz for receiving the 2016 AASVF/Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarships
March 24: Skinner to present Distinguished Faculty Address
He will talk about “Ancestral Ghosts in Your Genome: Environment and Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance Impacts on Disease and Evolution” 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in Jones Theater in Daggy Hall. A reception will follow. Reservations are requested at https://showcase.wsu.edu/dfaregistration/.
Skinner is one of the first to demonstrate that exposure to environmental toxins can be inherited across generations through epigenetic changes. Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene expression that are (usually) caused by structural changes to the genome, rather than by changes to the genetic code itself.
He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has secured nearly $30 million in research funding, holds 10 patents and has authored 263 publications. He received the American Ingenuity Award in 2013 from the Smithsonian Institution and was invited to present a TEDx Talk in 2014.
In 2008, one of his papers was selected as the most highly cited in reproductive biology (2004-08) and two others were in the top 10 in 2007 and 2005. Discover Magazine selected his research as one of the top 100 discoveries in 2007.
Skinner received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from WSU in 1982. He is founding director of the WSU Center for Reproductive Biology and has served as a professor at the university for 20 years. He has trained 35 graduate students and postdoctoral/senior fellows, directed 13 undergraduate honors theses and supervised the research of 50 undergraduate students.
Learn more about Skinner at http://skinner.wsu.edu/. Learn more about the Distinguished Faculty Address, including past winners, at https://faculty.wsu.edu/awards/distinguished-faculty-address/.
The award is part of WSU Showcase (http://showcase.wsu.edu/), an annual celebration of the achievements of WSU faculty, staff and students. Showcase includes the Academic Showcase of research, scholarship and arts and the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet, both on Friday, March 25. Register for the banquet by March 18 athttps://showcase.wsu.edu/celebrating-excellence-banquet/.
Seattle Humane Society breaks ground for new $30 million facilitySeattle Humane Society (SHS) held a ceremonial ground breaking for its new $30 million facility on Feb. 27. Major donors and volunteers huddled under a tent to celebrate what will be a new three-story, 54,000-square-foot veterinary shelter and teaching hospital at its current site west of the Eastgate Park and Ride in Bellevue.
Research finds some gut bacteria resist malaria parasitePULLMAN, Wash. – Microorganisms living in a person’s gut play a key role in how that individual may be affected by the malaria parasite, according to studies led by a Washington State University researcher.
Dr. Barb Sorg Featured in WSU News
IPN's Dr. Barb Sorg has been featured in the WSU News for research. View the entire article here: Researcher’s love of molecules is good for society too
Art in the Library presents Seth Bynum through May
Seth Bynum's work will be on display February through May 2016 at the library in Wegner Hall 170.
...14 years and 200,000 odometer miles separate the images, the first taken in 2001 in North Carolina and the second in 2015 in Washington. Bynum spent most of that time and distance exploring the outdoors and photographing wildlife at each stop.Read More
Genetic mechanism found for fish adaptations to pollution
PULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University biologist has found the genetic mechanism that lets a fish live in toxic, acidic water. The discovery opens new insights into the functioning of other “extremophiles” and how they adapt to their challenging environments.
“These fish are very extreme,” said Joanna Kelley, a genome scientist in the WSU School of Biological Sciences. “Ordinary fish, when you put them in that water, are belly up in about a minute.”
Kelley and colleagues from Kansas State University, Stanford University and Mexico’s Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco looked at the shortfin or Atlantic mollies in southern Mexico. Measuring a little more than an inch, these fish live in tropical freshwater, brackish water and volcanically influenced springs containing the acid hydrogen sulfide.
In humans, low levels of hydrogen sulfide serve as a signaling molecule that helps regulate physiological processes in the brain, heart and other organs. The work by Kelley and her colleagues may contribute to a greater understanding of how that works, with possible biomedical applications.
Working in three drainages, the researchers compared the genes expressed in three sets of hydrogen sulfide-tolerant fish and freshwater fish.
“In the freshwater system, there are 30-plus species of fish,” said Kelley. “In the sulfidic springs there’s the molly.”
Published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, the research was the rare “natural experiment” in which circumstances found in nature were similar to the controlled circumstances that they would have liked in a lab, said Kelley.
“This is one of the reasons that I got excited about this – because we have this natural experiment where we can ask these questions,” she said. “It’s not just one instance that we’re looking at. We have the ability now to compare multiple instances of survival in hydrogen sulfide.”
The researchers found that about 170 of the extremophilic fish’s 35,000 or so genes were turned on, or upregulated, to detoxify and remove the hydrogen sulfide. Previous studies by other researchers in other systems have seen the same genes detoxifying hydrogen sulfide.
“It’s not that they’re keeping the hydrogen sulfide out,” said Kelley. “It’s not that they are necessarily turning on some other unrelated genes. It’s really that the genes that have been previously implicated in hydrogen sulfide detoxification are turned on or turned up. That’s really the exciting part.”
Michael Tobler, a co-investigator and assistant professor at Kansas State, said the work can help scientists project how species might adapt to other stressors.
“In these habitats, the natural pollutants give us a glimpse into the future and help us think about what happens in ecosystems that suffer from human-induced changes or pollution,” he said. “We can learn how an ecosystem changes when pollutants are added and how organisms cope with that.”
The fish can also help address questions in evolutionary development, aging research and evolutionary ecology.
“For a variety of reasons, extreme environments are a great place to study evolutionary processes,” said Kelley. “We know the selective pressure. In this case, the selective pressure is hydrogen sulfide. So we can study evolutionary processes in extreme environments in a way that we can’t when we don’t know what the selective pressure is or there are multiple subtle selective pressures.”
The research was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (IOS-1121832, IOS-1463720) and the Army Research Office (W911NF-15-1-0175) to MT and JLK, a L’Oreal Fellowship for Women in Science to JLK, and a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities to MT.
Joanna Kelley, assistant professor, WSU School of Biological Sciences, 509-335-0037,firstname.lastname@example.org
Degree helps scientist cut turnaround time for forensic DNAMARYSVILLE, Wash. – Crime-scene DNA is processed three weeks faster at a state forensic laboratory thanks to internship work by recent Washington State University graduate Kristina Hoffman.
New IPN Research Personnel Spotlight: Jason Nasse
See IPN’s new research spotlight about postdoc Jason Nasse here: Research Personnel Spotlight
New IPN Spotlight: Lydia Baxter-Potter
See IPN’s new graduate student spotlight about neuroscience graduate student Lydia Baxter-Potter here: Graduate Student Spotlight
Canine Influenza confirmed as H3N2Read at WSU News: Canine Influenza confirmed as H3N2
WSU veterinarians offer advice on canine influenza virusesWSU veterinarians offer advice on canine influenza viruses
Congratulations to Dr. Tom Besser, newly appointed Endowed Chair in Wild Sheep Disease Research
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Veterinary prof to lead wild sheep research endowmentRead More
Six Successful Preliminary Defenses!
Congratulations to all graduate students who have passed their Preliminary Exams:
Jesse Barnes (mentor David Rossi): Effects of Exogenous Cannabinoids on Cerebellar Development (Nov 24)
Scott Kinlein (mentor Ilia Karatsoreos): Stress and the Brian: Exploring the Impacts of HPA Axis Dysfunction on the Mouse Prefrontal Cortex (Dec 2)
Hiroko Shiina (mentor David Rossi): The Effects of Nicotinics on the Developing Cerebellum (Dec 8)
Drew Neyens (mentor Suzy Appleyard): The Effects of Leptin on NMDA Receptor Function in the Nucleus of the Solitary Tract (Dec 10)
Brieann Satterfield (mentor Hans Von Dongen): Biomarkers of Vulnerability to Sleep Loss (Dec 16)
Elena Skornyakov (mentor Hans Von Dongen): Effects of Sleep Restriction and Circadian Misalignment on Sleep and Performance (Dec 16)