Events & Announcements

August 20th, 2019: Congratulations to Dr. Kenna Peusner for recognition of her publication in JARO describing her "New Model for Congenital Vestibular Disorders".
Please see the news release on the ARO website:

August 1st, 2019: Dr. Anne Chiaramello and Dr. Martine Uittenbogaard received the notice of Issuance from the U.S. Patents and Trademark Office for their patent titled “Treatment for Mitochondrial Diseases”. Their invention was made with Government funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The embodiments of their invention relate to methods of treating patients affected with an inherited mitochondrial disease and methods of screening compounds that restore cellular mitochondrial activities. Currently, these mitochondrial diseases with an early childhood onset remain intractable. Thus, patients are treated with limited palliative options that fail to halt the fatal progression of these mitochondrial diseases, resulting in significant disability, poor prognosis and premature death. The Chiaramello laboratory aims at fully understanding the pathogenetic mechanisms of inherited mitochondrial diseases and at developing novel therapeutic avenues.

June 6th, 2019: Congratulations to Kirsten Brown and her colleagues for having one of the Top 20 Downloaded articles from Clinical Anatomy!
Wilson AB, Miller CH, Klein BA, Taylor MA, Goodwin M, Boyle EK, Brown K, Hoppe C, Lazarus M. (2018). A meta‐analysis of anatomy laboratory pedagogies Clin Anat. 31(1):122-133. doi: 10.1002/ca.22934. 

May 15, 2019: Dr. Marc Spencer & Dr. Cathy Forster were awarded a grant for  "Ornithischian Dinosaur Phylogeny and the Base of Ornithopoda."
The funded project will form the core of a larger collaborative study analyzing the systematics, evolution, functional morphology, and biogeographic history of an enigmatic group of herbivorous dinosaurs called ornithopods.

April 13, 2019: GW SMHS hosted Day in the Life of a Medical Student. Kerrie Lashley and junior gross anatomy faculty put together a program, along with a video, for the parents for our medical students.

GW Institute for Neuroscience 2019 Neuroscience Symposium – Wednesday April 24th, 2019
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
800 21st St, NW, Washington DC contact:

Paper published:

Mary Ann Stepp, along with collaborators A. Sue Menko and Janice Walker from Thomas Jefferson University, recently published a paper in Anatomical Records titledFibrosis: Shared Lessons From the Lens and Cornea”.  The manuscript is open access and is available free on line now.  It highlights the importance of using multiple tissues and model organisms to better understand how fibrosis occurs and to allow us to develop new treatments to encourage regenerative repair and minimize fibrosis. 


Invited Presentations: Dr. Mary Ann Stepp

"Molecular basis for Mitomycin C enhanced corneal sensory nerve repair after debridement wounding"  UT Southwestern, Department of Ophthalmology, Dallas, TX January 24, 2019.

“The corneal epithelium and sensory nerve fiber maintenance: the cable business expands into new territory”, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL  February 8, 2019.

Congratulations to Dr. Tatiana Efimova and her team for their recent publication,  Cell Type-Specific p38δ Targeting Reveals a Context-, Stage-, and Sex-Dependent Regulation of Skin Carcinogenesis  in the International Journal of Molecular Science. as part of the Special Issue on "Molecular Aspects of Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma"

Mar 22, 2019: Apprecation for Faculty - Golden Apple Awards given to Dr. Kristen Brown & Dr. Kathryn DeVeau.

Feb 25, 2019: Congratulation to our Anatomy MedEd teams for being the recipients of three of the SMHS Education Research Grants


The Impact of Case-based, Interactive, Self-study, Computer-assisted Instructional (CAI) Learning Module on the Ability of Medical Students to Apply Principles of Pathology and Pathophysiology to Clinical Liver Disease. Principal Investigator: Patricia Latham, MD, EdD, Departments of Pathology and of Medicine. Research Team: Tracy Blanchard, MEd and Rosalyn Jurus, MD, PhD.

                           Using Three Dimensional Printed Models in Embryology Education. Principal Investigator: Victor Taylor II, PhD, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Research Team: Janine Ziermann, PhD and Rosalyn Jurjus, MD, PhD.

                           Virtual Reality to Enhance Gross Anatomy Education in Graduate and Medical Student Programs. Principal Investigator: Jonathan Sherman, MD, FAANS, FACS, Department of Neurosurgery. Research Team: Kirsten Brown, PhD,                              MA; Marc Spencer, PhD; Katie DeVeau, PhD; Nicole DeVaul, PhD; Victor Taylor II, PhD; Keith Mortman, MD, FACS, FCCP; Anthony Caputy, MD, FAANS, FACS, and Aalap Herur-Raman.

Feb 19,2019:  Congratulations to Dr. Marc Spencer who was a poster judge at the recent AAAS annual meeting: 

Feb 12, 2019Congratulations to Drs. Nicole DeVaul, Marc Spencer, and Victor Taylor! All three were accepted into the 2019-2020 Master Teacher and Leadership Development program.

Feb 12,2019: Congratulations to Dr. Anne Chiaramello on the acceptance of her paper, The importance of the nuclear background on the phenotypic signature of the MELAS m.1630 A>G variant. in Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports.


Dr. Alex Tzatsos will be honored with the Elaine H. Snyder Cancer Researcher Award - Dec 10, 2018 at 4pm - Ross Hall 227

Anatomy and Cell Biology Research Seminars Spring/Summer 2019

Feburary 14,: Ross Hall 737 - (11am - 12:30pm) - Dr. Douglas J. DeSimone, Professor and Chair of the  Department of Biology, University of Virgina, Title: "The Role of the Mechanical Environment in Sculpting Embryonic Tissues."
Host: Dr. Mary Ann Stepp

March 14: Ross Hall 602 - (11am - 12:30pm) - Dr. Seth Blair, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Title: “Patterning, polarity and growth in the Drosophila wing.”
Host: Dr. Xiaoyan Zheng

April 4: Ross Hall 737 - (11am - 12:30pm) - Dr.Sally Moody, Professor and Chair of the Anatomy and Cell Biology Deptmartment of George Washington University

April 11: Ross Hall 737 - (11am - 12:30pm) - Dr. Susan Pierce, Head of the Laboratory of Immunogenetics, NIAID, NIH Title: “Intrinsic properties of human germinal center B cells set antigen-affinity thresholds.”
Host: Dr. Inhee Chung

April 18: SEH Basement - (11am - 12:30pm) - Dr. Richard Eckert, Associate Director UMD Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Department of Biochemisty and Molecular Biology, Title: "Cancer Stem Cell Survival Factors as Therapy Targets."
Host: Dr. Tatiana Efimova

May 9: Ross Hall Room 737 - (11am - 12:30pm) - Dr. Xiaozhong Wang, Northwestern University, Department of Molecular Biosciences, Evanston, IL, Title: "Gene regulation by destruction and reconstruction of mRNA."
Host: Dr. Sally Moody

May 16: Ross Hall Room 737- (11am - 12:30pm) - Dr. Andres Tavares, George Washington University, Washington, DC. Pre-Grant Submission Title: “Identification of SIX1-related genes as potential candidates for craniofacial birth defects.”

July 19: Ross Hall Room 602 - (11am -12:30pm) - Dr. Inhee Chung, George Washington University, Washington, DC. Pre-Grant Submission Title: TBA

July 25: Ross Hall Room 602- (11am -12:30pm) - Dr. Tatiana Efimova, (11am -12:30pm) - George Washington University, Washington, DC. Pre-Grant Submission Title:“Targeting stress-activated signaling pathways to harness anti-tumor immune response.”

Aug 15: Ross Hall Room - TBA - (11am -12:30pm) - Dr. Adheah Pajoohesh-Ganji, George Washington University, Washington, DC. Pre-Grant Submission Title: TBA

Aug 29: Ross Hall Room - TBA - (11am -12:30pm) - Dr. Kurt Johnson, George Washington University, Washington, DC. Pre-Grant Submission Title: Microscopic analysis of talc particles in commercial baby powder and in ovarian carcinoma patients.”         

Education Seminar Series Fall 2018

September 24: Ross Hall CFE Conference Room - Victor Taylor Ph.D: Using 3D Printed Model in Embryology Education 

Anatomy and Cell Biology Research Seminars Fall 2018

September 13: Ross Hall Room 402 - (11am -12:30pm) - Sally A. Moody Ph.D:Wanderings through biodiversity, retinoic acid signaling and developmental genetics - lessons on   international collaborations.

October 11: Ross Hall Room 737 - (10:30am -11:45am) - Robert Miller Ph.D: Mechanisms of myelin breakdown in CNS demyelinating diseases

October 31: Ross Hall Room 601 - (11am - 12:30pm) - Sabyasachi Sen Ph.D: Stem Cells in Diabetes: is it working ?

Novermber 8: Ross Hall Room 643 - (11am -12:30pm) - Robert Hawley Ph.D: Discovery of a Novel Small Molecule Inhibitor of the PAX3-FOXO1 Oncogenic Driver in Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma

December 13: Ross Hall Room 737- (11am - 12:30pm) - Anne Chiaramello Ph. D: Mitochondrial Diseases: a Box Full of Surprises



Dec 17, 2018: Congratulations to Dr. Tatiana Efimova for being selected for funding through the CTSI-CN sponsored voucher program.

Nov 30, 2018: Congratulations to Dr. Kenna Peusner for the publication of her paper, A new model for congenital vestibular disorders in the Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology

Oct 25, 2018: Congratulations to Dr. Alex Tzatsos for being awarded a grant from theHirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer.

Aug 28, 2019: Congratulations to Dr. Inhee Chung for being awarded a GW Cancer Center Pilot Cancer Grant.

Jun 28, 2018: Congratulations to Dr. Rosalyn Jurjus for being appointed Faculty Development Associate for EducaitonResearch in the Center for Faculty Excellence.






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