Kansas State University


Johnson Cancer Research Center Newsletter

Author: marcia

Kudos to Our Researchers!

Stefan Bossmann, chemistry, and Deryl Troyer, anatomy & physiology, are at it again! Their promising new brain cancer treatment is getting major funding and attention from National Science Foundation! Here’s a video from NSF about the scientists’ “microscopic drug-carrying containers, nestled inside white blood cells and loaded with tumor-zapping medicine.”


Stefan Bossmann & Deryl Troyer

Bossmann, Troyer, Punit Prakash, in electrical & computer engineering, and others received a $1.3 million grant from the Punit PrakashNational Science Foundation’s Major Research Institute to develop a magnetic resonance imaging spectrometer that will be used to, among other things, heat and kill cancer cells while providing live, high-definition images of the heat’s effects. Read the full story.

Dr. Masaki Tamura

Masaaki Tamura, anatomy & physiology, wrote a book chapter titled “Umbilical Cord Matrix Stem Cells for Cytotherapy of Breast Cancer” for the book Stem Cell Therapeutics for Cancer, which was published in December 2013. Dr. Troyer and his team helped write the chapter. Continue reading “Kudos to Our Researchers!”

Undergraduate Cancer Researchers Selected

K-State Undergraduate Cancer ResearchersWe’re giving 51 undergraduate students the chance to conduct cancer research projects this spring. All their names are listed on our Student Awardees webpage.

Our undergraduate Cancer Research Award program promotes early participation in laboratory research, encouraging students to consider careers in cancer research and medicine while they’re still deciding what academic and professional paths to take.

Adam Schieferecke, sophomore in microbiology
Adam Schieferecke, microbiology sophomore in Dr. Stefan Rothenburg’s lab

This mentored research program provides $1,000 awards to each student and $1,000 per student to their faculty mentors for research expenses. Students applied by co-writing research proposals with faculty mentors affiliated with the center.

Many awardees consider this laboratory research training one of the most important activities of their undergraduate education, helping shape their career decisions and improve their chances for success.

Center Provided Record Funding in Fall 2013

We’re happy to have been able to award a record $373,500 to cancer research faculty last fall semester! Thanks to a couple of major gifts, we were able to directly support two exciting research programs that are very close to human clinical studies.

Mark Weiss
Mark Weiss

We are very grateful to Les & Virginia Clow and the late Margaret Ruth Hannah for their gifts, which allowed us to direct $200,000 to the team of Stefan Bossmann and Deryl Troyer, and $117,000 to Mark Weiss, respectively, at this critical time in their research programs. The research of Drs. Bossmann and Troyer, using nanotechnology for cancer diagnosis and treatment, is featured in our 2012 and 2013 Conquest magazines. Dr. Weiss’s research with transplanted immune cells will be featured in a future issue.

Annelise Nguyen
Annelise Nguyen


Faculty winning Innovative Research Awards were Viktor Chikan, chemistry; Annelise Nguyen, diagnostic medicine/pathobiology; David Poole, kinesiology; and Robert Szoszkiewicz, physics. More information is on our Faculty Awardees webpage.

Continue reading “Center Provided Record Funding in Fall 2013”

Pink Power Luncheon

Pink Power Luncheon

One hundred fifty women were treated to lunch, a souvenir item, breast cancer informational materials, and two touching and informative presentations at our 4th annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness on Oct. 4, 2014, co-sponsored by Komen for the Cure Kansas.

Terrah Stroda (pictured below, left), a 35-year-old breast cancer survivor and nurse-midwife at Flinthills Ob/Gyn in Junction City, gave a powerful presentation about her personal experience with breast cancer, as well as current information on breast health/cancer screening guidelines.TerrahStroda & Kelli Netson

Kelli Netson (right), a neuropsychologist at KU’s Wichita Center for Breast Cancer Survivorship, provided information on psychosocial needs after breast cancer diagnosis that was useful to many, whether the diagnosis was their own or a loved one’s.

You can see photos of the luncheon on our Facebook page (even if you don’t have a¬†Facebook account).


It’s a busy time here at the cancer research center! Besides our regular fall activities–like our biannual advisory council meeting and award application deadline (Oct. 1)–it’s almost Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when many people reflect more on cancer and how they can help fight it. In addition to awarding research funds soon, we’re looking forward to several outreach, fundraiser and academic events…at which we hope to see many of you!

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Proud to contribute to K-State’s success

The university recently announced that it netted record research funding in FY 2013. The news release recognized that “some of the largest grants have helped Kansas State University work to improve breast cancer survival rates and develop tests to detect cancer at its beginning stages.” The funds we’ve awarded our researchers to build their programs in recent years have been leveraged to about 25 times as much in outside funding. We thank our supporters for making that possible!

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Research News

A few of our researchers in the Division of Biology recently had papers published in scientific journals!

Stella Lee and team’s paper “The Role of N-Glycosylation in Folding, Trafficking, and Functionality of Lysosomal Protein CLN5” was published in PLOS ONE.

Jeroen Roelofs and team’s paper “The proteasome-associated protein Ecm29 inhibits proteasomal ATPase activity and in vivo protein degradation by the proteasome” was published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Govindsamy Vediyappan and team’s paper “Gymnemic Acids Inhibit Hyphal Growth and Virulence in Candida albicans was published in PLOS ONE.

New research affiliate
David Poole, in both kinesiology and anatomy & physiology, studies oxygen transport with respect to vascular and microcirculatory control and the matching of oxygen delivery to the energetic requirements of tissues in health and disease.

Seminar with Biology Sept. 27
We are cosponsoring a seminar featuring an expert on mitogen-activated protein kinases. Dr. Melanie Cobb, an endowed professor in the pharmacology department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will present “MAPKs as mediators of nutrient signals” at 4 p.m. Fri., Sept. 27, in 120 Ackert Hall. More info is in this news release.


Golf, boogie or tailgate with us!

There are fun ways to celebrate K-State’s fight against cancer this fall! These and more activities are on our Upcoming Events webpage.

Regier golf tourney logoFor you golfers, Fri., Oct. 11, is the Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament at the Manhattan Country Club. Rob was a K-State pre-dentistry student who passed away from cancer at age 26. His family has been hosting this tournament in his memory since 1998. Players and sponsors are welcome!

Pink & Purple Polyester Party 2013 logoFor you partiers, Fri., Oct. 18, is Dave Lewis’s Pink & Purple Polyester Party at the Houston Street Ballroom. Get your groove on with live music from Disco Dick & the Mirrorballs, of Kansas City! Also offered will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert, cash bar, photo booth, and the Off the Hook” bra art contest. Come party with your friends without doing any work!

Tailgate Party GraphicFor you football fans, Sat., Oct. 26, is our Tailgate Party in Cat Town at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Continue reading “Golf, boogie or tailgate with us!”

Show your pride with our ‘Fighting for a Cure’ t-shirt!

Ladies' Fighting for a Cure t-shirt

The K-State Fight Song‘s exclamation that we’re “fighting ever fighting for a Wildcat victory” is as true for cancer research as it is for football.

Show your pride for K-State cancer research and support breast cancer awareness by wearing this shirt!

And, if you’re going, wear it to the Oct. 12 football game! (October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.)

They’re available in both ladies’ and unisex styles. A few are still available from our center ($20) and they are also being sold at Varney’s and varneys.com, with $5 a shirt being donated to our center.

Best Pink Rodeo Yet

Drill Team at Pink Rodeo

Drill Team

The 7th annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo July 26 was more spectacular than ever! Rodeo spectators, participants and even horses wore pink! A pink balloon launch and cancer survivor recognition ceremony honored all who have ever faced cancer. The Silver Buckle Drill Team from McPherson did a special breast cancer awareness performance. And Nicki the pink fire truck visited from Wichita!

Nicki the Pink Fire Truck

In Manhattan for their first time, the Guardians of the Ribbon, a group of firefighters and their families and friends, brought Nicki to help raise awareness of breast cancer and K-State cancer research. Continue reading “Best Pink Rodeo Yet”