CMB Faculty, Sean Diehl, Offers Insights on Vaccines and COVID-19

March 25, 2020

CMB faculty member, Dr. Sean Diehl, was recently featured in Seven Days for his work in developing a vaccine for COVID-19.

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Eric Bolf Successfully Defends Dissertation

March 24, 2020

Congratulations to Eric Bolf, Dr. Frances Carr's lab, who successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “Anti-Tumor Signaling of Thyroid Hormone Receptor Beta in Breast and Thyroid Cancer Cells.”  He is looking toward pursuing a postdoc in the near future. Congrats, Eric!

Dominique Lessard Successfully Defends Dissertation

March 9, 2020

Congratulations to Dominique Lessard, Dr. Christopher Berger's lab, who successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “Novel Pausing Behavior of the Kinesin-3 Family Member KIF1A is Regulated by Tau.” She has accepted a position on the leadership team of  She will work to connect and expand the KAND Research Network and lead the organization's science communication strategy.  

Charles Irvin Receives Inaugural W. Fred Taylor PhD Award

March 9, 2020

CMB faculty member, Charles Irvin, has received the inaugural W. Fred Taylor PhD Award in recognition of his significant contributions to enhance the impact of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program. This award honors the commitment and service of W. Fred Taylor, Ph.D., whose NIH service focused on expanding opportunities for students, faculty and institutions in states and territories that have had historically low levels of NIH funding for biomedical research.

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CMB Takes Home Awards at Annual Celebration Events

October 29, 2019

The Larner College of Medicine hosted the fourth annual "Celebrating Excellence in Research" series of events on October 28 and 29. At which, a series of awards are presented to graduate students and post-docs who participated in the previous day's Trainee Research Showcase, and LCOM faculty.

Congratulations to the following CMB students, alumni, and faculty who received awards:

  • Best Junior Graduate Student Research Presentation: Lucy Pilcher
  • Best Senior Graduate Student Research Presentation: Christopher Dustin
  • Outstanding Research Publication by a graduate student: Blas Guigni, Ph.D.
  • Junior Researcher of the Year: C. Matthew Kinsey, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Research Laureate: Mark Nelson, Ph.D., UVM Distinguished Professor and Chair of Pharmacology
  • Research Mentor: Matthew Poynter, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine
  • Rising Star New Investigator: Benjamin Lee, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

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Dominique Lessard Presents at the 2019 KAND Family & Scientific Engagement Conference

October 22, 2019

Dominique Lessard, CMB student in the Berger Lab, presented "Uncovering KIF1A: A Basic Science Perspective" at the 2019 KAND Family & Scientific Engagement Conference. You can now view her full talk online brought to you by KIF1A.ORG.

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CMB faculty, Seth Frietze, spends summer collaborating with scientists in Norway

October 1, 2019

CMB faculty member, Seth Frietze, recently returned from Norway where he spent three months working with graduate students as a visiting professor at the University of Oslo. The university invited Dr. Frietze and supported his work through a Norwegian Cancer Society research grant that allowed Norwegian scientists to tap into Frietze’s expertise on cancer genomics, immunotherapies, molecular biology and bioinformatics.

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Noelle Gillis Awarded F-99 Grant

September 24, 2019

Congratulations to Noelle Gillis, CMB student in Frances Carr's Lab, for being awarded a highly competitive F-99 grant from the National Cancer Institute. It is the first F-99 award at UVM and will fund Gillis' research, "Nuclear Receptor Regulation of Epigenetics in Endocrine-Related Cancers"

The award is designed to promote successful transition into postdoctoral training for graduate students who are interested in pursuing careers as academic research faculty in cancer research. Noelle's PI, Frances Carr, was the primary sponsor for the award, with fellow CMB faculty Seth Frietze and Jane Lian as co-sponsors.

"The focus of my research is on studying the tumor suppressive effects of the thyroid hormone receptor. Despite the fact that its been recognized as a tumor suppressor for over a decade, the mechanisms by which it regulates tumor growth are not clear yet. This makes it hard for the thyroid hormone receptor to be used in a clinical setting as a diagnostic tool or a therapeutic target. My project integrates information from molecular biology and large-scale genomics data sets to gain a clearer understanding of how the thyroid hormone receptor prevents normal cells from progressing towards cancer, specifically in thyroid cells. We hope that doing this will provide us with key insights into thyroid cancer growth and progression, and allow for new cellular pathways to be explored as therapeutic options."

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Abbas Raza Successfully Defends Dissertation

Abbas Raza

August 30, 2019

Congratulations to Abbas Raza, Dr. Cory Teuscher's lab, who successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “Sex-Specific Regulation of CNS Autoimmunity by Signaling Lymphocytic Activation Molecule (Slam) Locus”. Please join us in wishing him luck in his next endeavor.

Rajiv Jumani, PhD Receives 2019 Norman R. Alpert Research Prize

August 21, 2019

CMB Director, Matthew Poynter, Ph.D., presented the Norman R. Alpert Research Prize to recent CMB alumnus, Rajiv Jumani, PhD for his paper: Jumani RS, Alvee MM, Stebbins EE, Donnely L, Miller P, Klopfer C, Bessoff K, Teixeira JE, Love MS, McNamara CW, Huston CD. A suite of phenotypic assays to ensure pipeline diversity when prioritizing drug-like Cryptosporidium growth inhibitors. Nature Communications. 2019. Apr 23;10(1):1862. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09880-w.

This annual prize recognizes the best peer-reviewed research article by a graduate student in the CMB Program and is announced at our annual Retreat. Congratulations Rajiv!

Chia and Howe Receive 2019 CMB Director's Awards


August 21, 2019

Wyatt Chia and Dr. Alan Howe received the CMB Director's Awards for a student and for a faculty member respectfully at this year's CMB/NGP Retreat. Dr. Matt Poynter, presented these awards at the Grand Isle Lake House on Wednesday, August 21 to recognize their outstanding work with the program. Thank you Wyatt and Alan for your dedication!

Brittany L. Carroll Successfully Defends Dissertation

Brittany Carroll

August 2, 2019

Brittany Carroll, a CMB student in Dr. Sylvie Doublié's lab, successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “Caught In Motion: Structural Studies of Nucleic Acid Repair Enzymes”. She will be working with Dr. Jun Liu, PhD at the Microbial Sciences Institute at Yale University School of Medicine. Congratulations, Brittany!

Boyson and Mistri Receieve Fellowship from the American Association of Immunologists

July 17, 2019

Congratulations to Somen Mistri and his PI, Dr. Jon Boyson! They received a 2019 Careers in Immunology Fellowship from the American Association of Immunologists (AAI). The AAI Careers in Immunology Fellowship Program supports the career development of young scientists by providing eligible PIs with one year of salary support for a trainee in their labs.

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CMB Students Co-Author on Paper in Nature Communications

Student Lab

June 27, 2019

Two CMB students are co-authors on a paper just published in Nature Communications: Rajiv Jumani, '18, and Alvee Hasan, Huston lab.
The paper describes a new drug candidate for treatment of cryptosporidiosis. The work was done in conjunction with a drug company called Anacor, and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Most of the studies were done at the University of Vermont, including extensive testing in a dairy calf model of #cryptosporidiosis. Additional toxicology studies are underway with hopes of beginning first human studies in December. There’s currently no treatment for this intestinal parasite, which is one of the most common causes of life threatening childhood diarrhea globally (and also a big problem for the dairy/cattle industry).

Identification of a potent benzoxaborole drug candidate for treating cryptosporidiosis>>

Phillip Blake Munson Successfully Defends Dissertation

May 21, 2019

Phillip Munson from Dr. Arti Shukla's lab successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Exosomes and Their Role in Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma” on May 21, 2019. Next, he will be joining the lab of David Fisher, MD, PhD at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Cutaneous Biology Research Center. Congratulations, Phill!

Chris Dustin and Nicolas Chamberlain Awarded Abstract Scholarship from ATS


May 6, 2019

Christopher Dustin, a PhD student in Dr. Albert van der Vliet's lab, and Nicolas Chamberlain, PhD student in Dr. Vikas Anathy's lab, were awarded Abstract Scholarships from the American Thoracic Society for their abstracts to be presented at the 2019 ATS International Conference in Dallas later this month. This Scholarship includes a full In-Training Registration to this years’ conference as well as 50% discount for registration at the 2020 conference.

Blas Anselmo Guigni Successfully Defends Dissertation

Blas Guigni

April 16, 2019

Blas Guigni, CMB student in Dr. Michael Toth's lab, successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Cancer related muscle wasting: The role of electrical stimulation in atrophy prevention” on April 16, 2019.

He will soon join the Toxicity Evaluation Division of the Army Public Health Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD as an Interdisciplinary fellow/scientist! Congratulations, Blas!

Abbas Raza Awarded GSS Award

April 8, 2019

The UVM Graduate Student Senate (GSS) recently announced the winners of the the 2019 GSS awards. Among the winners is CMB student in Dr. Teuscher's Lab, Abbas Raza! He received the Innovative Research Award and will be honored at the annual GSS awards banquet.

Faculty Inventions Recognized at Annual I2V Conference

April 5, 2019

Congratulations to the several faculty members who were recognized at the 14th annual Invention to Venture (I2V) conference for their patent awards and licenses!

CMB faculty who were recognized include:

  • Jason Botten, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine
  • Stephen Everse, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry
  • Christopher Francklyn, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry
  • Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D., professor of pathology and laboratory medicine
  • Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology
  • Mercedes Rincon, Ph.D., professor of medicine
  • Albert van der Vliet, Ph.D., professor of pathology and laboratory science

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Innovative Research Model Sheds Light on Immune Response in Dengue Infection

March 28, 2019

Huy Tu, a CMB graduate student and trainee on the Vermont Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases (VCIID) Training Grant has recently provided new insights into the human immune response to dengue infection in a new paper published online March 8th in the Lancet’s open access journal EBioMedicine.

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