Month: February 2016

New Members

In This Issue – 50.1 President’s Report 2016 World Congress Update Keynote Speaker 2016-2018 Election Results Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members SIVB Welcomes Its New Members in 2016! Razi Ahmad, Jamia Millia Islamia Areej Ahmed Alosaimi, University of Idaho Asher Baltzell, University of Arizona Matthew Gerard Bange, Cornell University Rachael Barron, Simplot Gregory Christopher Bernard, Tuskegee University Jordan Brungardt, Kansas State University Megan Cease, Arkansas State University Matthew Desrosiers, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Kelly Dew-Budd, University of Arizona Taniya Dhillon, University of Tennessee Christopher Thomas Elms, Arkansas State University Raquel Folgado, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Guilherme Santos Freitas, The University of Arizona Mariana Yuri Suenaga Fukuya, University of Arizona Benjamin A Hughes, University of Florida Andre Junkes, University of Arizona Carolyn Keller, Colorado Potato Certification Service Colleen Konkler, Ball Horticultural Company Angela Labrum, Carlton Plants Nursery Junhyung Lee, Purdue University Jeanine Danielle Louwerse, Enzazaden Research & Development B.V. Thien D Luu, SUNY Cobleskill Jordan Martin, NMSU Esteban Molina, New Mexico State University Duane V. Myklejord, Midwestern University Hartinio Nahampun, Iowa State university Hirotaka Nakatao, Hiroshima University Neelam Prabha Negi, Jawaharlal Nehru University Thien Hoang Ngoc Nguyen, Lone Star College Sarah J Poynter, Wilfrid Laurier University Eliott Pruett, University of Arkansas Sumit Purohit, G.B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development Jesús Ignacio Reyes Díaz, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México Vincent...

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Member News

In This Issue – 50.1 President’s Report 2016 World Congress Update Keynote Speaker 2016-2018 Election Results Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members SIVB student member Allison Songstad, a Ph.D. student at the University of Iowa, published her research titled “Generating iPSC-Derived Choroidal Endothelial Cells to Study Age-Related Macular Degeneration” in the December, 2015, issue of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (the society journal of ARVO).  The goal of this study was to develop a method to use induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to generate choroidal endothelial cells, which form the vasculature behind the retina and are one of the main cell types affected in AMD pathogenesis. The results presented in this paper were previously discussed at the 2015 SIVB meeting in Tucson.  Allison reported that iPSCs generated from mice expressing green fluorescent protein under control of the endothelial Tie2 promoter display classic pluripotency markers and stem cell morphology. The iPSC–derived choroidal endothelial cells express the choriocapillaris-specific markers carbonic anhydrase IV, FOXA2, and TTR, along with other common endothelial cell markers, like PLVAP, CD31, CD34, ICAM-1, Tie2, VE-cadherin, and vWF. This study is the first to report the differentiation of choroidal endothelial cells from iPSCs, which will be highly valuable for modeling choriocapillaris-specific insults in AMD and for future choroidal endothelial cell replacement therapeutic approaches. Please use the following link to read the abstract for this paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26720480 . Yarelia Zavala-Ortiz...

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SIVB Member Profile

In This Issue – 50.1 President’s Report 2016 World Congress Update Keynote Speaker 2016-2018 Election Results Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members Kolbrun Kristjansdottir, IVACS Co-Chair Membership I am a protein biochemist by training and completed my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Iceland. I then crossed the Atlantic and obtained my Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Duke University. I completed my postdoctoral training at The University of Chicago. In 2012, I was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Sciences Department at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. At Midwestern University, I teach graduate courses for students in the Master of Biomedical Sciences Program, Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences Program, Chicago College of Pharmacy, and students in some of our other healthcare-related programs. My training has equipped me with a solid foundation of protein biochemistry, from kinetic assays of purified enzymes to global phosphoproteomic profiling of complex samples. My current research program is centered on proteins that contribute to the progression of cancer and the lab is currently focused on neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer. We are currently studying the role of the protein NPM1 in neuroblastoma using a variety of techniques including overexpression, siRNA, inhibitors, or mutagenesis. I have also been involved in several collaborative projects including using mass spectrometry to explore changes in the interactome of Hsp70. I...

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Membership Matters

In This Issue – 50.1 President’s Report 2016 World Congress Update Keynote Speaker 2016-2018 Election Results Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members The Society for In Vitro Biology has established several initiatives to support the professional development of our student members.  These initiatives include: free registration at the annual meeting with an accepted abstract, travel awards, research presentation competitions, direct involvement with committees and program planning, and the inclusion of sessions at our annual meeting that promote student professional development.  In the next several issues of the In Vitro Report we will include testimonials from students who have benefited from the student initiatives.  Please remember that these student initiatives are possible due to the generous financial support of our membership.  If you would like to help support the professional development of our student members, please click on the “donate now” button to make a donation.. When I was a Master’s student in the Master of Biomedical Sciences Program at Midwestern University (Downers Grove, IL) I submitted an abstract for the 2012 World Congress on In Vitro Biology in Bellevue, WA. Not only was my abstract accepted, I was asked to give a talk in the In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences Contributed Papers Symposium.  The Society for In Vitro Biology awarded me both a travel award and the Honor B Fell Award, and the financial support from...

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Journal Highlights

In This Issue – 50.1 President’s Report 2016 World Congress Update Keynote Speaker 2016-2018 Election Results Journal Highlights Member Profile Membership Matters Member News New Members Establishment of a cell line from the ash and privet borer beetle Tylonotus bimaculatus Haldeman and assessment of its sensitivity to diacylhydrazine insecticides Many wood-boring insects and beetles in particular, represent serious threats to the health of forests. Consequently significant research efforts are devoted to understand their basic physiology and molecular biology, with the ultimate goal of developing better management practices. Wood boring beetles can be costly and impractical to rear in the lab. Likewise, collecting insect material from the field can be challenging for a variety of reasons. Established insect cell lines are therefore particularly valuable for the study of basic molecular processes, such as those involved in the metabolism of synthetic insecticides or plant-derived compounds. Our paper describes the establishment of a new cell line (NRCAN-Tb-521) from the ash and privet borer, and its response to three synthetic compounds of the diacylhydrazine family, namely tebufenozide, methoxyfenozide and halofenozide. All these compounds share the same mode of action, which is to mimic the effects of the insect hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), but halofenozide is the only one displaying efficacy against beetles. We set out to determine the effect of each compound, along with 20E, on NRCAN-Tb-521 cell morphology, viability and on the activation...

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