Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell biology

News from 2013-2014:

  • 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
  • Dr. Ann Ramsdell will be a featured speaker at TEDx in Columbia, SC, January 19, 2015.
  • 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 ( 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"

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