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Johnson Cancer Research Center Newsletter

Kudos: Advising China and more

Stefan BossmannChina names Bossmann international expert, cancer research adviser

China is honoring Dr. Stefan Bossmann, chemistry, and enlisting his expertise through a research appointment. He’s been awarded the title of Highest Honored International Expert by scientific advisers to the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. This summer, he will advise the Chinese authorities on early cancer detection methods.

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IMG_0631cropshrunkResearchers find ‘affinity switch’ for proteasome assembly process

Dr. Jeroen Roelofs, biology, and team are uncovering how a specific “molecular machine” inside cells–the proteasome–is assembled. Understanding this process may present new drug target sites and lead to better cancer treatments.

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cra14-15Good luck to our undergraduate Cancer Research Awardees this semester! We look forward to honoring them at our annual awards banquet March 27.


Zheng Zhao receives award
Zheng Zhao receives K-INBRE Outstanding Poster award

Of the six K-State students who earned honors at the annual Kansas INBRE Bioscience Symposium, five were our Cancer Research Awardees. Congratulations to Amanda Bradley, Erika Peters, Adam Schieferecke, Katherine Sensenich and Zheng Zhao!

Zhao, senior in biological & agricultural engineering (K-State Olathe), earned the Outstanding Poster Presentation award. He studies ovarian cancer-derived exosomes using a novel microfluidic platform. His mentor is Dr. Mei Heread more



Two K-State student cancer researchers were selected to present at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. Cancer Research Awardee Raquel Ortega and Yubisela Toledo, sophomores in chemistry mentored by Dr. Stefan Bossmann, co-presented “Studying the Protease Expression of Triple Negative Breast Cancer.”  read more


Nominated for Goldwater Scholarships were Lauren Komer, biology, one of our June Hull Sherrid Scholarship recipients, and Katherine Johnson, a microbiology student mentored by Dr. Brad Olsonread more



Pet Cancer Case Study from Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Newsletter

Ocular lymphoma: A case study by Jamie Henningson, DVM, PhD, DACVP
A globe from a 12-year-old Chihauhau with a three-week history of a cloudy eye and corneal ulcer was submitted to the KSVDL. On examination of the globe, the ciliary body and adjacent choroid were expanded by sheets of monomorphic round cells (Figure 1) consistent with neoplastic lymphocytes.

Immunohistochemistry was performed for B and T cell markers and the neoplastic cells were positive for B cell lymphoma (Figure 2). This animal had no enlarged lymph nodes or signs of illness.

Primary ocular lymphoma in dogs is rare and is primarily part of multicentric lymphoma. In cats, lymphoma is the second most common intraocular neoplasm and is usually part of the systemic disease process. However, ocular disease is often the presenting complaint and may precede signs of systemic involvement.  read more from “Diagnostic Insights” newsletter (pg. 2)