Dr. Wagner Vendrame has accepted the new position of Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/ISAF, Gainesville, FL).  He will continue the Program on Micropropagation and Plant Tissue Culture, including teaching the Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops course, that was started by Dr. Michael Kane.  Dr. Vendrame leads a broad research program focusing on production and conservation of ornamental plants using plant tissue culture and cryopreservation techniques, including orchids, ornamental trees, foliage plants, palms, and other ornamental plants.  In 2007, he partnered with NASA on an innovative research project to evaluate the growth, development and differential gene expression in plant cells of jatropha (Jatropha curcas), a biofuel species, as affected by microgravity, with five spaceflight studies on board of the space shuttles Atlantis, Endeavour and Discovery, and the International Space Station National Laboratory.  More recently, studies have focused on cryopreservation of orchid seeds, protocorms and pollen, palm seeds, and banana in vitro shoots; and large scale propagation of plants using temporary immersion bioreactor technology, including micropropagation of orchids, bromeliads, sugarcane, banana, papaya, palms, and caçari (a tree native to the Amazon rich in vitamin C). Dr. Vendrame teaches Orchidology (ORH4280), Orchid Biology and Culture (ORH5282), Orchid Short Course (ORH1283), and Special Topics. In 2021 Dr. Vendrame will be teaching Micropropagation of Horticultural Crops (PLS4242C/5241C).

Mae Ciancio, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Biomedical Sciences Program at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL), is a coauthor on the paper titled “Dietary fat and male sex increase histopathological changes in a mouse model of oral cancer” in the journal Oral Diseases.

Jacalyn M. Green, Mae J. Cinacio, Joanna Goral, Matthew Pytynia, Lenore Pitstick, Alice Meyer, Andrew Nguyen, Katherine Lee, Ameir Barakat, Bruno C. Jham.  Dietary Fay and male sex increase histopathological changes in a mouse model of oral cancer.  Oral Diseases, 2020 Jul 8. doi: 10.1111/odi.13542. Online ahead of print.

Please use the following link to read the abstract and download the full text: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32640482/

Brad Upham, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine), has received NIH R21 funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for the project titled “High-throughput toxicity screening of environmental contaminants and drug candidates using a novel gap junction intercellular communication bioassay in lung and liver cells.”

SIVB Emeritus Member, Dr. Alphonse E. Sirica is the organizer of the following two upcoming events:

Keystone e-Symposium titled “Hepatobiliary Cancers: Pathobiology and Translational Advances” (Organizers: Alphonse E. Sirica, PhD, MS, Gregory J. Gores, MD, and Lopa Mishra, MD) to be held March 22-24, 2021

FASEB Catalyst Conference titled “Cholangiocarcinoma: Molecular Drivers, Microenvironment, and Precision Medicine” (Organizer: Alphonse E. Sirica, PhD., MS), to be held as a free virtual conference on April 7, 2021

Further details concerning these two conferences will be forthcoming on-line from Keystone Symposia and from FASEB, respectively.