University of Vermont

CMB Graduate Student Nolin Presents Lung Research in Germany

UVM Cell & Molecular Biology graduate student James Nolin.
UVM Cell & Molecular Biology graduate student James Nolin.

University of Vermont Cell & Molecular Biology graduate student James Nolin has been invited to present his research and participate in the University of Giessen Lung Graduate Programme Annual Retreat on August 6 to 8, 2012.

A mentee of Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D., professor of pathology, Nolin is currently conducting research on how pro-inflammatory signaling in airway epithelial cells can be redox-regulated, which leads to diminished inflammation. Specifically, he is examining how proteins of the NF-kappaB pathway can be modified in a way that is redox-dependent, and how this affects the way these cells respond to certain stimuli, such as Interleukin-17, a cell-signaling protein molecule involved in inducing and mediating pro-inflammatory responses like allergic reactions. In addition, Nolin is looking at the role of two specific enzymes that bring about the forward and reverse reaction of this modification to NF-kappaB proteins, which play a role in the cellular response to stimuli such as stress, free radicals and bacterial and viral antigens.

The Annual Retreat is an interdisciplinary meeting that encourages scientific communication and competence through exchange of ideas and knowledge between all of the schools and institutions that participate and is an important part of the University of Giessen’s Molecular Biology and Medicine of the Lung (MBML) curriculum. All students in this program are expected to present the progress of their dissertation research at the retreat, which allows them an opportunity to practice presenting their research results as well as receive constructive criticism from fellow students and teaching faculty from other institutions. This process helps them acquire valuable scientific skills for their future careers.

According to Rory E. Morty, Ph.D., director of the MBML International Graduate Programme and an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Giessen, “The meeting in Giessen is a fantastic opportunity for everyone present to be exposed to something different, develop new, strong international collaborations, get excited about sharing their work and establish an international presence.”

Among the retreat’s invited speakers are the medical novelist Robin Cook and 2002 South African Nobel Prize recipient Sydney Brenner.