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Johnson Cancer Research Center Newsletter

Research News & Achievements


Toxicologist’s work featured in Science as Art exhibition

Annelise Nguyen and her science art“Eye of the Storm,” an imageĀ captured by Annelise Nguyen, diagnostic medicine/pathobiology, was among nine artistic images selected by the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) for its third annual Science to Art exhibition and fundraiser auction.

The exhibition provides a platform for scientists to display and describe their research through the visual arts. Funds raised by the auction benefit STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) education in the community.

“Eye of the Storm” shows cell-to-cell communication proteins in human breast cancer tissue. read more

Biochemist studies fruit fly to understand Parkinson’s disease, muscle wasting

Erika GeisbrechtDr. Erika Geisbrecht, biochemistry and molecular biophysics, is studying the fruit fly, or Drosophila melanogaster, to understand a gene called clueless, or clu. Geisbrecht and her team have found a connection between clu and genes that cause Parkinson’s disease.

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Pond scum and the gene pool: One critical gene in green algae responsible for multicellular evolution, understanding of cancer origin

Cell ImageBrad Olson, biology, and an international team of researchers found a single gene is responsible for the evolution of multicellular organisms. The study is published in a recent issue of Nature Communications.

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Professorsā€™ research shows moderate exercise may help cancer treatments

Dr. Brad BehnkeBrad Behnke and David Poole, exercise physiology, have shown that moderate exercise can increase effectiveness of cancer treatments. read Collegian story





Dr. Susan Sun


Susan Sun, grain science and industry, was named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers. read more




Dr. Mark Haub

Mark Haub was named Department Head for food, nutrition, dietetics and health department.





Melissa RileyMelissa Riley, junior in animal sciences and industry working with Bruce Schultz in anatomy and physiology, was one of only four students in the nation selected as a 2016 Integrative Organismal Systems Physiology Fellow. read more



Muriel EatonMuriel Eaton, senior in biochemistry working with Jeroen Roelofs in biology, was awarded Duke Summer Undergraduate Research in Pharmacology and Cancer Biology fellowship.

Eaton is also featured in this inspirational KSU Foundation story about how philanthropy has made it possible for her to not only attend K-State but be involved in neurological protein research and other activities K-State has to offer.



Adam SchiefereckeAdam Schieferecke, senior in microbiology working with Stefan Rothenburg in biology, was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow at the Mayo Clinic this past summer.