Kansas State University


Johnson Cancer Research Center Newsletter



Dr. Richard Rosenkranz

Richard Rosenkranz, in the department of food, nutrition, dietetics & health, was featured in the K-State news story, “Winning the war: How to persuade children to eat more veggies.”



Raquel Ortega

Raquel Ortega, senior in chemistry working with Dr. Stefan Bossmann, was featured in the K-State news story, “Undergraduate research helps Ortega find opportunities to advance, refine career goals.”




Dr. Christer Aakeroy

Christer Aakeroy, chemistry, was selected for prestigious Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Award. read more



Dr. Peter Dorhout presents Dr. Rollie Clem with K-INBRE mentoring award


Rollie Clem, biology, awarded the Joan S. Hunt Distinguished Mentoring Award by the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Program, or K-INBRE. read more


Dr. Emily McLaurin


Emily McLaurin, chemistry, earned a National Science Foundation CAREER award of more than $700,000 to develop a more efficient and safer way of etching semiconductor nanocrystals. read more


Dr. David Poole


David Poole and team’s paper “Critical Power: An Important Fatigue Threshold in Exercise Physiology,” was published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. read more



Dr. Bret Flanders


Bret Flanders, physics, developed a gold nanowire device that may benefit biomedical professionals and the patients they serve during electrode and organ transplant procedures. read more


Dr. Zhilong YangZhilong Yang, biology, is on the team that received an NIH award to establish a research center on chemical biology of infectious disease, an NIH Center for Biomedical Research Excellence.

Yang also published “Ribosome Profiling Reveals Translational Upregulation of Cellular Oxidative Phosphorylation mRNAs During Vaccinia Virus-induced Host Shutoff” in the Journal of Virology. read article abstract and scientific importance

Dr. Masaki Tamura


Masa Tamura, anatomy & physiology, and team received a $150,000 NIH phase 1 business development grant for aerosolized platinum nanoparticle chemotherapy for lung cancer.

Annelise Nguyen
, diagnostic medicine & pathobiology; Raelene Wouda and Mary Lynn Higginbotham, clinical sciences; and Mark Weis, anatomy & physiology, were featured in Seek, K-State’s research magazine. Read “Dog’s best friend: Humans are fetching up new ideas to improve health of canine companions”



undergrad Vaithish Velazhahan


Vaithish Velazhahan, junior in microbiology and medical biochemistry working with Dr. Kathrin Schrick, received a $500 Outstanding Student Scholarship from Mortar Board. read more



undergrad Molly Zych


Molly Zych, junior in biology working with Dr. Erika Geisbrecht, Ruben Shrestha, doctoral student in chemistry working with Dr. Ping Li, and Velazhahan (above) were honored for their biomedical research presentations at the K-INBRE Symposium in January. read more


Kathlyn Gomendoza receiving award at CRA Banquet


Kathlyn Gomendoza, senior in biology working with Dr. Lorena Passarelli, and Velazhahan (above) are among 40 Kansas students selected to present their research at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol Feb. 15.



Zheng Zhao, doctoral student in biological & agricultural engineering working with Dr. Mei He, was selected to present at Research and the State. read more

Bo Hao, graduate student in chemistry working with Dr. Duy Hua, was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. read more

Luke Kicklighter


Luke Kicklighter, senior in microbiology working with Dr. Sherry Fleming, was selected to serve as a K-State Undergraduate Research Ambassador. He and five other students offer presentations about the benefits of undergraduate research and how to get involved. read more



Jorge Mendoza CRA '08 '09


Jorge Mendoza, a 2010 graduate in biology and Cancer Research Award recipient in ’08 and ’09, was recognized with the K-State Alumni Association Student Alumni Board’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award. He will give a presentation on campus Feb. 28. read more


We’d love to hear from alumni impacted by our programs! Please get in touch with Marcia Locke at marcia@ksu.edu. And watch for our Alumni Survey going out soon!