Events & Announcements

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

Feb 25: 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:  Congratulations to Dr. Marc Spencer who was a poster judge at the recent AAAS annual meeting: 

Feb 12: Congratulations 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: 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 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: TBA
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.”

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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