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Professional News: October 17, 2012

Awards and Honors

Kheng Newick and Brian Cunniff, two University of Vermont doctoral students in the Cell, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Program, recently received prestigious awards. Newick received a travel award to attend the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMIG) meeting, which took place September 11 to 14, 2012 in Boston, Mass., where she presented a poster titled “Combinatorial Approaches for Targeting Mitochondrial Redox Signaling and FOXM1 Expression in Malignant Mesothelioma.” Cunniff was recently awarded a four-month Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine Research mini-fellowship, which began in September 2012. Currently working in Cambridge, England with Michael Murphy, Ph.D., in the Mitochondrial Biology Unit of the Medical Research Council, Cunniff is conducting a research project titled “Combinatorial Approaches for Targeting Mitochondrial Redox Signalling and FOXM1 Expression in Malignant Mesothelioma.” He was also recently presented a Young Investigator Award for his platform presentation titled “Mitochondrial Architecture, Oxidant Production and Redox Signaling in Malignant Mesothelioma Cells,” at the Society for Free Radical Research International meeting, which was held September 6 to 9, 2012, at Imperial College in London, England. Both students are being mentored by Nicholas Heintz, professor of pathology. Learn more.