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Regenerative Medicine
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Department News

  • Kimberly Sauls, a PhD Candidate in Chip Norris's Lab, successfully defended her dissertation: "The Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease and Mitral Valve Prolapse: The Role of Filamin-A and Dchs1" December 15, 2015.
  • The Midwest in the Southeast Valve Meeting was held September 17, 2015.
  • Dr. Stephen Duncan is the new Chair of the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, July 1, 2015.
  • Dr. Roger Markwald stepped down as Chair of the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, July 1, 2015.

Past News

  • Jacqulyne Robichaux, a PhD Candidate in Ann Ramsdell's Lab, was selected as co-recipient of the fifteenth Annual Distinguished Graduate Award of the College of Graduate Studies. April 22, 2015.
  • Jacqulyne Robichaux, a PhD Candidate in Ann Ramsdell's Lab, successfully defended her dissertation: "Mammary Glands Possess Intrinsic Molecular Laterality and Respond Left-Right Differently to Genetic and Pharmacological Manipulation" March 12, 2015.
  • Dr. Ann Ramsdell was a featured speaker at TEDx in Columbia, SC, January 19, 2015.
  • MUSC Student Research Day Award  Vaibhav Mohanty (Ed Krug lab) won Second Place for an Undergraduate Poster presentation: “Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Decrease Viability and Produce Morphological Aberrations in Early Chicken Development” November 14, 2014
  • MUSC Student Research Day Award  Victoria Lybrand (Christi Kern lab) won Second Place for Oral presentation in the Clinical/Professional/Masters category: “The Role of TGFbeta Signaling in Extracellular Matrix Remodeling During Valve Development” November 14, 2014
  • Samar Hammad's paper "Blood sphingolipids in homeostasis and pathobiology." in Adv Exp Med Biol; 2011;721:57-66 has been listed as #10 in the Top 20 papers in sphingolipids since 2011.
  • NIH/NHLBI R01 award to Christi Kern, HL121382, Proteoglycan Regulation During Cardiac Valve Development and Homeostasis. Project Period: 9/1/14 - 8/31/18.
  • SC INBRE (P20GM103499) Genomics Pilot Project award to Ann Ramsdell, Epigenetic regulation of mammary stem cell laterality. Project Period: 7/1/14 - 6/30/15.
  • NIH/NHLBI R56 award to Andy Wessels, HL122906, Mechanisms of DMP Development and Atrioventricular Septation. Project Period: 9/1/14 - 8/31/15.
  • Professor Mark Kindy joins the Department as Associate Chair for Research, July 1, 2014
  • Marie Lockhart, a PhD Candidate in Andy Wessels Lab, successfully defended her thesis: "The Role of the Extracellular Matrix and the Epicardial Lineage in the Formation of the AV Valves" June 25, 2014
  • Professor W. Scott Argraves passed away Sunday evening (May 11, 2014) after a long illness. We send our thoughts and prayers to Kelley and their daughters. Please visit the McAlister-Smith website; light a candle, share pictures, or share a story.
  • Jacqulyne Robichaux, a PhD Candidate in Ann Ramsdell's Lab, was selected as a Southern Regional Education Board Scholar (www.SREB.org). This award provides stipend support, a research allowance and professional development support, including expenses associated with attending the annual Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. April 15, 2014
  • Keerthi Harikrishnan, a PhD Candidate in Scott Argraves Lab, successfully defended her thesis: "Fibulin-1 Suppresses proximal Outflow Tract Endothelial to Mesenchymal Transition and Prevents Apoptosis During Semilunar Valve Formation" April 3, 2014
  • Caitlin Czajka, a PhD Candidate in Chris Drake's Lab, successfully defended her thesis: "Scaffold-Free Tissue Engineering: The Contribution of Endothelial Cell Density and Self-Assembly Mediated Tissue Tension to Fabrication of Vascularized Tissues" March 26, 2014
  • SCTR Discovery Grant award to J. Matthew Rhett SCTR-Enhanced Pseudo-Organ Transplantation for the Amelioration of Chronic Pancreatitis and Type I Diabetes by Inhibition of Purinergic Signaling Project Period: 4/14 - 4/15
  • Our sympathy goes out to the family of Dr. Christian Knaak, a long time research scientist in this department, who died suddenly on Sunday, January 26, 2014
  • Suzanne Sawicki Parks, a PhD Candidate in Rick Visconti Lab, successfully defended her thesis: "Influence of Periostin on Bone Marrow-Derived Cell Contribution to Dermal Wound Repair" January 17, 2014
  • Laura Briggs, a PhD Candidate in Andy Wessels Lab, successfully defended her thesis: "Molecular and Morphological Assessment of Second Heart Field Derivatives involved in Atrioventricular Septation with Particular Emphasis on the Dorsal Mesenchymal Protrusion" January 9, 2014
  • Brent Wilkerson, a PhD Candidate working in the laboratory of Dr. Kelley Argraves, successfully defended his dissertation entitled: The Role of Sphingosine 1-phosphate in Endothelial Barrier Function, October 16, 2013
  • John Scaringi, studying cardiac electrophysiology in the research lab of Dr. Martin Morad, won First Prize in the undergraduate category of the 2013 W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Research Paper Competition. "Physicians, Paupers, and the Peninsula: The Emergence of Public Health Policy in Charleston, South Carolina", August 10, 2013
  • Obaidullah Aseem, a MSTP student working in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Argraves, successfully defended his thesis entitled: The Epigenetic Regulation of Cubilin and the Physiological Role of this Receptor in Maintaining the Homeostasis of Serum Albumin and HDL, June 14, 2013
  • AHA Predoctoral Fellowship award to Kimberly Sauls (Norris Lab) Regulation of Postnatal Cardiac GrowthProject Period: 7/1/13 - 6/30/15. [3.5% score!]
  • AHA Grant-in-Aid award to Andy Wessels The Epicardium and Atrioventricular Valve DevelopmentProject Period: 7/1/13 - 6/30/15. [2.78% score!]
  • Co-Investigator – Kyu-Ho Lee (NHLBI) Elucidating the Phosphatase-Independent Roles of PTPN11 in the Heart7/1/13-6/31/17, PI: Maria Kontaridis, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.
  • NIH/NCI R03 award to Suniti Misra, CA167722, Silencing CD44v6 Expression Prevents Intestinal Tumor Growth. Project Period: 3/1/13 - 2/28/15.
  • NSF/SC EPSCOR/IDeA award to Scott Argraves, 'REU in Tissue Engineering and Biofabrication', January 2013.
  • Steven W. Kubalak was awarded the Maralynne D. Mitcham Interprofessional Fellowship for 2013-2014.
  • MUSC Student Research Day Award  Olivia M. Coco (Christi Kern lab) won First Place for Undergraduate Poster presentation: “A Potentially Novel Role For Small Leucine Rich Proteoglycans In The Mature Collagen-Rich Extracellular Matrix Of Cardiac Valves”
  • MUSC Student Research Day Award  LaShardai N. Conway (Jeremy Barth lab) won First Place for PhD Poster presentation: “Microglial Refinement of the Auditory Nerve in the Postnatal Mouse Inner Ear”
  • MUSC Student Research Day Award  Mallory A. Ulmer (Michael Kern lab) won Second Place for Clinical/Professional/Masters Oral presentation: “Investigating the Effects of PRRX1a OAR Mutation on Protein Binding Partners and Disease”
  • MUSC Student Research Day Award Kimberly M. Sauls (R. Norris Lab) won First Place for PhD Poster II: "Developmental Mechanisms of Mitral Valve Prolapse"
  • MUSC Student Research Day Award Alexandra M. Moreira (S. Argraves Lab) won Second Place for Undergraduate Oral II: "The Effect of Static Strain Conditioning on Biochemical and Biomechanical Properties in living Tissue Engineered Toroid Constructs"
  • MUSC Student Research Day Award Marie M. Lockhart (A. Wessels Lab) won First Place for PhD Oral VI and the Willard & Betty Peterson Award: "BMP Signaling and Epicardial Contribution to the Atrioventricular Junction"
  • MUSC Student Research Day Award Jacqulyne P. Robichaux (A. Ramsdell Lab) won Second Place for PhD Oral VI: "Laterality of Mammary Stem and Progenitor Cell Populations During Normal Development"
  • NIH/NIGMS P30 award to Roger Markwald, 1P30GM103342-01, SC COBRE for Developmentally Based Cardiovascular Diseases. Project Period: 8/1/12 - 4/30/17.
  • NIH/NHLBI R01 award to Roger Markwald, 2R01HL033756-28A1, Mucopolysaccharide Metabolism in Congenital Cardiac Anomalies. Project Period: 6/19/12 - 5/31/16.
  • Phizer research award to Bryan Toole: Evaluation of Hyaluronic Acid Dys-Regulation as the Driving Mechanism Behind the Apparent Increase in Cancers Seen with an SGLT2 Inhibitor, Project started 5/1/12.
  • SC EPSCOR research award to Christi Kern, Investigation into the Progression of Myxomatous Valve Disease Using a Microarray Approach, Project started 7/1/12.
  • Clemson/AHA research award to Rick Visconti, Controlled Assembly of Janus Magnetic Spheroids for the Fabrication and Maturation of Linear Blood Vessels, Project started 7/1/12.
  • NSF/SC EPSCOR/IDeA research award to W. Scott Argraves, Identification of Factors for Accelerated Elastin Assembly in Vascular Constructs, Project started 10/1/12.
  • NSF/SC EPSCOR/IDeA research award to Chris Drake, Evaluation of the SMC and EC Potential of Human Adipose Stem Cells, Project started 10/1/12.
  • NSF/SC EPSCOR/IDeA research award to Mike Yost, Execution of the Bioprinted Tube Project, Project started 10/1/12.
  • AHA Beginning Grant-in-Aid to Dr. Kyu-Ho Lee Nkx2.5 as a Nexus for Outflow Tract Morphogenic Signals: Integration of BMP and FGF Transcriptional Response Elements (7/1/2012-6/30/2014)
  • AHA Predoctoral Fellowship to Marie Lockhart The Role of BMP Signalling in Epicardial Development (7/2012-6/2014)
  • Dr. Thierry Bacro (Dental Gross Anatomy Course Director) was awarded the Outstanding Basic Science Professor of 2012 by the MUSC Dental students, and was also runner-up for the Medical School Spring 2012 Faculty Excellence award for Teaching.
  • Haley Buff Lindner won the Junior Investigator Award at the Wound Healing Society meeting in Atlanta (2012) pGlcNAc Nanofibers Stimulate A Scarless Wound Healing Program
  • Matthew Berger won an Award of Merit at the College of Charlestons School of Science and Mathematics 24th Annual Scientific Research Poster Session The Accumulation of Proteoglycans Contributes to Myxomatous Valve Disease in the ADAMTS5 Mouse Model
  • R21 Grant awarded to Kelley M. Argraves and Sinai Zyblewski (Co-PIs) R21 HL109829 "S1P Deficiency Prolongs Endothelial Barrier Recovery After Fontan Operation" Project Period: 04/01/2012 - 03/31/2014
  • MUSC Student Research Day Award Haley B. Lindner (R. Muise-Helmericks Lab) won Second Place for PhD Poster III: "PGlcNAc Nanofibers Stimulate Fibroblast Alignment and a More Scarless Wound Healing Program"
  • MUSC Student Research Day Award Matthew G. Berger (C. Kern Lab) won Second Place for Undergraduate Oral II: "The Heart of Matter: A Study of the Expression and Developmental Role of Lumican, a SLRP Proteoglycan, in Cardiac Valves"
  • MUSC Student Research Day Award Chris D. Clark (K. Lee Lab) won Second Place for Clinical-Professional-Masters Oral VI: "NKX 2.5 and Its Role in Cellular Stress Response and Pre-eclampsia"
  • MUSC Student Research Day Award Kimberly M. Sauls (R. Norris Lab) won First Place for PhD Oral IV: "Developmental Basis for Filamin-A Associated Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease"
  • Dept of Medicine Research Day Award (1/19/2012) Brett S. Harris won First Place in the Basic Junior Faculty category ($1000) for Poster: "Remodeling of the Peripheral Cardiac Conduction System in Response to Pressure-Overload"
  • Dept of Medicine Research Day Award (1/19/2012) David P. Lebel, Meghan K. Anderson, and Titus Reaves won First Place in the Medical Student category ($1000) for Poster: "The Role of Tissue Transglutaminase 2 in the modulation of polymorphonuclear Leukocyte Function"

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