Celebrating our Students

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April 2024

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Houda Cohen presented her work at Keystone this week. She was selected for an invited talk: "Chronic Cardiac Wasting-Associated Cardiomyopathy in Post-Tumor-Mediated Cancer Cachexia".  The word that her talk generated a lot of excitement!



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At a ceremony last week for the Medical School Awards recognition at the Bell Museum, Seokwon Jo was honored as the recipient of of the Bacaner and the Brandenburg award.  Another Medical School award winner is Eunice Oribamise who received the Lifson Johnson Teaching award.  Congratulations to both of you!  Seokwon and Eunice are in the back row.

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Congratulations to Houda Cohen for receiving a 2024-25 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF). A great honor!

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March 2024

Ingrid Rodriguez Aragon recently attended the New England Science Symposium, hosted by the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Partnership, and she was awarded the Dana Farber / Harvard Cancer Center best poster award.  Awesome!

February 2024

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Congratulations to Tracy Her from the Alejandro lab. Tracy has a first author paper that has been published! The title is "Circadian disruption across lifespan impairs glucose homeostasis and insulin sensitivity in offspring" This study sheds light on how night shift work can impact gestational diabetes risk and metabolic health in children. read here

September 2023

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Exciting month for the IBP Graduate Program! Congratulations to Pedro Rodriguez and Jae-Hwi Sung who both successfully defended their thesis this month. 

Pedro is the recipient of the Minnesota Obesity Prevenstion (MnOPT) Fellowship and will be working as a Post Doc in the Bartolomucci lab.

Jae-Hwi is a Study Director at MD Biosciences.


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Thank you JP and Jenna for their leadership in planning the Zofia Zukowska Lectureship.  What a great visit with Jen Davis!

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Congrats to Kate Fallon (MD/PhD) who received the Hemingway award for obtaining the highest GPA in her first year coursework.

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July 2023

Fanta Barrow was the Graduate Student winner at this year's Cardio Palooza poster session.  Congrats Fanta!

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And the people choose....Eunice and JP!  At the 2023 Cardio Palooza poster event, JP an Eunice tied for the Peoples' Choice award winners.

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June 2023

Way to go JP Pallais and Postdoc, Megan Beetch for winning the top abstracts at the UMN Diabetes Research Day

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May 2023

Naixin Zhang and her mentor, Dr. Tim O'Connell at the UMN commencement on May 15.  We wish her the best in her new position at Tectonic Therapeutic in Boston.


May 2023

The 2023 Medical School Award Recipients from IBP. Congratulations Naixin and Gavin! The full awards program

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April 2023

Congratulations to Arthur de La Cruz-Lynch from the Osborn lab, who received the notice of award for his NIH/NHLBI F30 Award! Proposal title: “Evaluating the mechanisms of afferent renal nerve ablation as a treatment for hypertension”.

We are happy to announce the fall 2023 cohort for IBP!




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February 2023

Congratulations to Doa Yucel who completed his PhD and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University, Boston Children's Hospital.

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July 2022

Congratulations to Jenna and Gavin who were both poster session winners at the 2022 Cardio Palooza on July 31.

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May 2022

Recent graduate, Alexie Larson started working at Thermo Fisher Scientific within their imaging and detection team.

May 2022
Congratulations to our award recipients:

Fanta Barrow (Revelo lab) is the 2022 IBP Milne and Brandenburg Award recipient. This award recognizes exceptional thesis research in biomedical sciences. Fanta is also the awardee of the Jan Lunden Award.  This award honors outstanding research by a graduate or medical student in the field of molecular hepatology.

Ingrid Rodriguez Aragon (Batchelor lab) is the 2021-2022 recipient of the Lifson-Johnson award for excellence in teaching.

Brandon Wagner received the Dr. Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Research in IBP Award which recognizes exceptional research achievement by graduate students.

Seokwon Jo (Alejandro lab) is the recipient of the Veneziale-Steer Award.  This award recognizes outstanding research by a graduate or medical student in the field of cellular growth regulation.

April 2022
Recent graduate, Brandon Wagner accepted a job at Bio-Techne as Scientist in antibody development, primarily focusing on the development of antibodies for flow cytometry and cell selection.


March 2022
Brandon Wagner successfully defended his thesis and earned his Ph.D.!   Way to go, Brandon! Title: "Physiological Consequences of Increased Phosphorylation-Dependent Activation of Guanylyl Cyclase-A and -B"



February 2022
Ph.D. Candidate, Seokwon Jo, received notice that his submitted NIH NIDDK grant application was approved for funding. Great news, Seokwon!


December 2021
Congratulations to Alexie Larson on a successful Ph.D. thesis defense! "Satellite cell maintenance and the strength recovery after injury: the impact of estradiol signaling"


November 2021
Fanta Barrow won a Early Career Investigator Award through the AASLD foundation. Congratulations!  check out the details on Twitter.

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October 2021
Congratulations Iffy on passing your final thesis defense! Iffy is completing his M.D. through the University of Minnesota’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PHD).


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