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*Minor in Human Anatomy* Note: Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, ANAT 2150 will be offered in the Fall semester and ANAT 2160 will be offered in the Spring semester.

*SMHS Upcoming Events*

*Neuroscience Seminar Series*

June 15, 2016 - Abraham Fainsod, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry, Wolfson Family Chair in Genetics, Department of Developmental Biology and Cancer Research, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, presented a seminar titled “Fetal alcohol syndrome: a genetic and biochemical outcome of reduced retinoic acid signaling” in Ross Hall 602 from 12-1 pm.

June 1, 2016 - Kirsten Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, was featured in Anatomy Now, the monthly newsletter of the American Association of Anatomists, for forming a new Women in Anatomy group within the Association to support the interests of women in all aspects of anatomy education, research, and outreach.

April 27, 2016 - Robert H. Miller, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research, Vivian Gill Distinguished Research Professor and Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, was a featured speaker at the 6th Annual GW Institute for Neuroscience Symposium on “The Neuro-Immune Interface: Gila, Neurons and Disease. 

April 25, 2016 - The seventh annual Marilyn Koering Excellence in Anatomy Award was presented to Jordan Cohen, the first year medical student with the highest accumulated grade average in the anatomical sciences, in Ross Hall 201 at 12 noon. To make a contribution to support future annual awards, please click here.

April 15-17, 2016 - Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, highlighted her developmental biology research at the 4th USA Science and Engineering Festival, an open forum celebrating all facets of science, technology, engineering and math.

March 25, 2016 - Kirsten Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, received a 2016 Golden Apple Award in recognition of her outstanding medical school teaching. This is the second year in a row that Dr. Brown has been recognized for her teaching contributions. Last year, she was inducted into the school's Society of Distinguished Teachers as the recipient of a 2015 Distinguished Teacher Award.

January 11, 2016 - Ashkan Monfared, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery and Neurological Surgery, Director of Otology and Neurotology and Director of the Center for Otolaryngology Microsurgical Education and Training (COMET), presented a seminar titled “History of skullbase surgery: from gross anatomy to cellular physiology” in Ross Hall 402 from 12-1 pm.

January 7, 2016 - Zhe Han, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Center for Cancer and Immunology Research, Children’s National Health System, presented a seminar titled “Drosophila as a model for congenital heart disease, kidney disease, and leukemia” in Ross Hall 105 from 12-1 pm.

November 12, 2015 - Joshua Sanes, Ph.D., Paul J. Finnegan Family Director of the Center for Brain Science and the Jeff C. Tarr Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, presented the Twelfth Annual Robert Oakley Memorial Lecture titled “Assembling a direction-selective circuit in the retina” in Ross Hall 227 from 4-5 pm.

October 12, 2015 - Sabyasachi Sen, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., Associate Professor of Medicine and of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, presented a seminar in the Molecular Medicine Seminar Series titled “Survival and differentiation of adult stem cells in diabetes and obesity” in Ross Hall 643 from 12:30-1:30 pm.

October 7, 2015 - Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, was a keynote speaker at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society of Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology held at Johns Hopkins University on October 5-6, 2015.

July 27, 2015 - Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, was the Vice-Chair of the Gordon Research Conference “Neural Crest & Cranial Placodes” held at Bentley University from July 19-24, 2015.

May 15, 2015 - Kirsten Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, received the 2015 Distinguished Teacher Award, the preeminent teaching award for faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences who teach medical students. Selection is a one-time honor that recognizes innovative and highly valued teaching

May 12, 2015 - Yeshwant Chillakuru, a seven-year dual BA/MD student conducting research with Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, received a US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes Scholarship to study at the University of Exeter
 for 4 weeks during the summer

May 5, 2015 - Robert H. Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and Senior Associate Dean for Research, was installed as the Vivian Gill Distinguished Research Professor.

April 27, 2015 - Robert H. Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and Senior Associate Dean for Research, presented a seminar titled Cellular and molecular regulation of CNS myelination and myelin repair in Ross Hall 643 from 12:30-1:30 pm.

April 20, 2015 - The sixth annual Marilyn Koering Excellence in Microscopic Anatomy Award was presented to Kavita Gupta, the first year medical student with the highest accumulated grade average in the anatomical sciences. To make a contribution to support future annual awards, please click here.

January 30, 2015 - In Memoriam: Richard S. Snell, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department, whose textbooks have been read by generations of medical students, passed away before his 90th birthday.

December 11, 2014 - Radhika Atit, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Genetics, and Dermatology, Case Western Reserve University, presented a seminar titled "Wnt signaling in craniofacial lineage decisions" in Ross Hall 402 from 12-1 pm.

October 15, 2014 - Randall F. Holcombe, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Chief Medical Officer - Cancer, Mount Sinai Health System, and Deputy Director, The Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, presented a seminar titled "Wnt signaling in colon cancer and modulation by natural products" in Ross Hall 117 from 12-1 pm.

September 25, 2014 - Robert H. Miller, Ph.D., Vivian Gill Distinguished Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and Senior Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, awarded 5-year competitive renewal of his NIHR01 grant, titled “Development of Oligodendrocytes in the Spinal Cord, worth $1.73 million.

September 19, 2014 - Tatiana Efimova, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, presented a seminar titled Stress-activated signaling pathways in the control of epidermal differentiation, skin carcinogenesis and wound healing in Ross Hall 402 from 12-1 pm.

September 16, 2014 - Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, and Mary Ann Stepp, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Ophthamology, were both invited by GW's Vice President for Research, Leo M. Chalupa, Ph.D., to serve on the GW Advisory Council on Research (ACR) for the 2014-15 academic year. The ACR is composed of faculty members and administrative representatives from the various schools and divisions at GW, and is the main research advisory group to the Office of the Vice President for Research

September 12, 2014 - Robert G. Hawley, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, was elected by the GW Faculty Senate to serve as Chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Research for the 2014-15 academic year. The committee makes recommendations to the Senate on all matters related to research at GW.

September 10, 2014 - Gail Mandel, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Vollum Institute, and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oregon Health & Science University, presented the Eleventh Annual Robert Oakley Memorial Lecture titled “New perspectives on Rett Syndrome in Ross Hall 227 from 4-5 pm.

September 1, 2014 - Mary Ann Stepp, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Ophthamology, together with A. Sue Menko, Ph.D., Thomas Jefferson University, awarded 4-year competitive renewal of their NIHR01 grant, titled Paradigms of Wound Healing and Fibrosis in the Eye, worth $1.74 million.

July 7, 2014 - Sally Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, together with Abraham Fainsod, Ph.D., The Hebrew University, awarded 3-year United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation grant, titled Scaling the Central Nervous System, worth $129,000.

July 1, 2014 - Weiqun Peng, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics and of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, together with Robert G. Hawley, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, awarded 2-year NIHR21 grant, titled “Characterization of Regulated Intron Retention in T Cell Activationworth $416,750.

July 1, 2014 - Anne Chiaramello, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, received a 2014-15 CTSI-CN Pilot Award, titled “A Novel Epigenetic and Metabolic Approach for the Pediatric Mitochondrial Disease MELASworth $50,000.

June 11, 2014 - Kirsten Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, became the fourth member of the Department to complete the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program (MTLDP)joining Drs. Krum, Slaby and Jurjus. The MTLDP program, which is offered by GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development in partnership with SMHS, is designed to enhance teaching skills, to develop educational leadership potential and to promote scholarship in education.

May 20, 2014 - Alexandros Tzatsos, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, awarded 3-year NIHR00 grant for the independent phase of his K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, titled Role of Epigenetic Regulators in Pancreatic Cancer, worth $706,922.

May 9, 2014 - Ahdeah Pajoohesh-Ganji, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, presented a seminar at the GW Stem Cell Interest Group Meeting titled “Corneal repair after wounding” in Ross Hall 402 from 12-1 pm.

April 25, 2014 - A video profile of Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, and two of her undergraduate student lab members  Shailly Gaur and Alex Marchak  was recognized at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York today. The video is part of an initiative sponsored by LabTV in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health to “inspire today’s students to consider becoming tomorrow’s heroes of medical research. The submission won its student filmmaker, Sara Jenis, an undergraduate in GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs, the Outstanding Lab Profile Award. Read the news item in GWToday. To view the video, click here.

April 24, 2014 - The fifth annual Marilyn Koering Excellence in Microscopic Anatomy Award was presented to Na (Nora) Cao, the first year medical student with the highest accumulated grade average in ANAT 6213 - Human Microscopic Anatomy - in Ross Hall Room 201 at 1:30 pmTo make a contribution to support future annual awards, please click here.

April 23, 2014 - Developmental Biology, Birth Defects and Diseases, A DC-Based STEM Event of the 3rd USA Science and Engineering Festival, Amphitheater at Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, NW, 6-8 pm. Organized by the Society for Developmental Biology, Co-Sponsored by GW. Welcome by Ida Chow, Ph.D., Executive Officer, Society for Developmental Biology, and Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and Treasurer, Society for Developmental Biology.

April 11, 2014 - Aleksandar Jeremic, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, presented a seminar at the GW Stem Cell Interest Group Meeting titled “Aggregation, turnover and toxicity of the pancreatic hormone amylin and its role in etiology of type II diabetes mellitus” in Rome Hall Room 771 from 12-1 pm.

April 1, 2014 - Robert G. Hawley, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, Imad Tabbara, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Zhenyu Li, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Irene Riz, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, and Teresa Hawley, B.S., Director, GW Flow Cytometry Core Facility, awarded a $65,000 Katzen Cancer Research Center Innovative Pilot Cancer Research Grant for their project titled Microfluidic Devices for Diagnosis and Treatment of Multiple Myeloma.

March 29, 2014 - Ronald C. Bohn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, received a 2014 Golden Apple Award in recognition of his outstanding medical school teaching.

March 28, 2014 - Rajarshi Pal, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow, NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine, presented a seminar at the GW Stem Cell Interest Group Meeting titled “Novel methods for differentiation of functional cardiomyocytes from pluripotent stem cells" in Ross Hall Lobby C Classroom from 12-1 pm.

March 14, 2014 - Helene Cousin, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, presented a seminar titled “The role of limb bud and heart during craniofacial development of vertebrates: from cranial neural crest migration to microevolution of Malawi's cichlid jaw” in Ross Hall 643 from 4-5 pm.

March 14, 2014 - Dominique Alfandari, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Developmental Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, presented a seminar at the GW Stem Cell Interest Group Meeting titled “ADAM regulation of cranial neural crest behavior: One protein does it all, proteolysis, phosphorylation and mRNA regulation” in Ross Hall 402 from 12-1 pm.

February 28, 2014 - Robert H. Miller, Ph.D., Vice-President for Research and Technology Management, Allen C. Holmes Professor of Neurological Diseases, and Director, Center for Translational Neuroscience, Case Western Reserve University, presented a seminar titled “Developing therapies for demyelinating diseases” in Ross Hall 227 from 1-2 pm.

February 17, 2014 - Alexandros Tzatsos, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, awarded 2-year NIHR21 grant, titled "Elucidating and Targeting Epigenetic Oncogenic Networks in Pancreatic Cancer", worth $374,323.

December 1, 2013 - Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, and Mary Ann Stepp, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Ophthamology, were both invited by GW's Vice President for Research, Leo M. Chalupa, Ph.D., to serve on the GW Advisory Council on Research (ACR) for the 2013-14 academic year. The ACR is composed of faculty members and administrative representatives from the various schools and divisions at GW, and is the main research advisory group to the Office of the Vice President for Research

November 18, 2013 - Samuel L. Pfaff, Ph.D., Professor and Benjamin H. Lewis Chair, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, presented the Tenth Annual Robert Oakley Memorial Lecture titled “Development of spinal cord motor circuits” in Ross Hall 117 from 12-1 pm.

November 8, 2013 - Terence A. Partridge, Ph.D., Associate Director, Children's Research Institute, Center for Genetic Medicine Research, Children’s National Medical Center, presented a seminar titled “Context-dependent reversible neoplasia in myogenic cell lines” at the GW Stem Cell Interest Group Meeting held in Ross Hall 737 from 12-1 pm.

October 25, 2013 Dhvanit I. Shah, Ph.D., Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women’s Hospital, presented a seminar titled "New genes and mechanisms regulating hematopoiesis" in Ross Hall 227 from 2-3 pm.

October 11, 2013 Sabyasachi Sen, M.D. Ph.D., Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, presented a seminar titled "Human stem cells in cardiovascular regeneration and as a biomarker" at the GW Stem Cell Interest Group Meeting in Phillips Hall 640 from 12-1 pm.

September 23, 2013 Alexandros Tzatsos, M.D. Ph.D., Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, presented a seminar titled “Role of epigenetic regulators in pancreatic cancer" in Ross Hall 237 from 2-3 pm.

September 21, 2013 Mary Ann Stepp, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Ophthamology gave a keynote lecture on the topic of corneal homeostasis, repair & regeneration at the 7th International Conference of the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society held in Taormina, Sicily on September 18-21, 2013.

July 1, 2013 - Robert G. Hawley, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, traveled to China June 22-29 to further a research initiative with Jining Medical University.

June 17, 2013 - Frank J. Slaby, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, published "How to Diagnose Like a Doctor on Your First Day in Medical School". The book was written to help first-year medical students learn the basic medical sciences in relation to the clinical findings of patients.

June 6, 2013 - Grigori N. Enikolopov, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, presented a seminar titled “Division and differentiation of neural stem cells" in Ross Hall 643 from 12-1 pm.

May 16, 2013 - Carol A. Mason, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology, and Anatomy and Cell Biology, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, presented the Ninth Annual Robert Oakley Memorial Lecture titled “Wiring eye to brain: Molecular mechanisms for binocular circuit formation” in Ross Hall 227 from 4-5 pm.

May 16, 2013 - Ahdeah Pajoohesh-Ganji, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, presented a seminar titled “APP processing and spinal cord injury in mice" in Ross Hall 737 from 12-1 pm.

April 10, 2013 - The fourth annual Marilyn Koering Excellence in Microscopic Anatomy Award was presented to Janine Rotsides, the first year medical student with the highest accumulated grade average in ANAT 6213 - Human Microscopic Anatomy. For more information about the award or to make a contribution to support future annual awards, please click here.

April 1, 2013 - Robert G. Hawley, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and Co-PI, Imad Tabbara, M.D., Professor of Medicine, awarded a $100,000 2013 Katzen Cancer Research Center Innovative Pilot Cancer Research Grant for their project titled “Prognostic and Predictive Significance of ABCB1 Expression in Multiple Myeloma”.

March 29, 2013 - Ronald C. Bohn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, received a 2013 Golden Apple Award in recognition of his outstanding medical school teaching.

January 23, 2013 - A study led by Robert G. Hawley, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, together with colleagues and collaborators at GW, NIH and Singapore, may help predict which patients with multiple myeloma will respond better to certain treatments. Read the press release.

January 2, 2013 - Xiaoyan Zheng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, awarded 3-year NIHR00 grant for the independent phase of her K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, titled "Hedgehog-mediated Regulation of Cell Adhesion", worth $747,000.

December 24, 2012 - Ahdeah Pajoohesh-Ganji, Ph.D., Research Scientist, together with Mary Ann Stepp, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Ophthamology, awarded 2-year NIHR21 grant, titled "Molecular Approaches to Reversing Corneal Goblet Cell Hyperplasia", worth $435,875.

August 1, 2012 - Mary Ann Stepp, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Ophthamology, awarded $2.25 million renewal of her longstanding NIHR01 grant, titled "Molecular Mechanisms of Corneal Recurrent Erosion Formation". See Dr. Stepp's web page.

May 21, 2012 - Joseph H. McCarty, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Biology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, presented a seminar titled “Neural-vascular interactions in development and cancer" in Ross Hall 401 from 2-3 pm.

May 14, 2012 - Yin Wang, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, presented a seminar titled “HIF1α and cancer stem cells in hematological malignancies” in Ross Hall 401 from 2-3 pm.

May 7, 2012 - Xiaoyan Zheng, Ph.D., Instructor, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, presented a seminar titled “Unraveling the mechanism of Hedgehog signal reception” in Ross Hall 401 from 2-3 pm.

April 16, 2012 - The third annual Marilyn Koering Excellence in Microscopic Anatomy Award was presented to Geetha Bahagavatula, the first year medical student with the highest accumulated grade average in ANAT 6213 - Human Microscopic Anatomy. For more information about the award or to make a contribution to support future annual awards, please click here.

April 12, 2012 - William Snider, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Cell & Molecular Physiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Director, UNC Neuroscience Center, presented the Eighth Annual Robert Oakley Memorial Lecture titled “Cell type-specific disruption of ERK/MAPK signaling in the developing nervous system” in Ross Hall 117 from 12-1 pm.

March 29, 2012 - Ronald C. Bohn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, received a 2012 Golden Apple Award in recognition of his outstanding medical school teaching.

March 22, 2012 - Sheldon Miller, Ph.D., Scientific Director, National Eye Institute, NIH, and Kapil Bharti, Ph.D., National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, presented a seminar titled “Restoring vision: using stem cells to understand and cure diseases involving retinal pigment epithelium” in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm.

March 15, 2012 - Robert G. Hawley, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, together with colleagues and collaborators at GW, NIH and Singapore, awarded a $100,000 2012 Katzen Cancer Research Center Pilot Study Research Grant for his project titled “Characterization of Tumor-Initiating Cells in Multiple Myeloma”.

February 23, 2012 - Samantha A. Brugmann, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery and Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, presented a seminar titled “Deconstructing craniofacial development: building a basis for understanding disease” in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm.

February 2, 2012 - Steven D. Munger, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, presented a seminar titled “Sniffing to learn: how a novel olfactory receptor helps animals avoid dangerous foods” in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm.

December 13, 2011 - Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, together with Diana E. Johnson, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, awarded 3-year National Science Foundation grant, titled "Maternal Determinants of Neural Fate", worth $620,000. See Dr. Moody's web page.

December 8, 2011 - Bill Yates, Ph.D., Professor of Otolaryngology and Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, presented a seminar titled “Multisensory integration in the vestibular system: role in compensation following damage to the inner ear” in Ross Hall 401 from 11 am-12 pm.

November 3, 2011 - Carole LaBonne, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, Northwestern University, presented a seminar titled “Sox in the city--partners, transient interactions, and context” in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm.

October 20, 2011 - A. Sue Menko, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Thomas Jefferson University, presented a seminar titled “Novel paradigms of wound healing and fibrosis revealed in a lens injury model” in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm.

September 5, 2011 - Mary Ann Stepp, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Ophthamology, together with A. Sue Menko, Ph.D., Thomas Jefferson University, awarded 3-year NIHR01 grant, titled "Paradigms of Wound Healing and Fibrosis in the Eye", worth $1.2 million. See Dr. Stepp's web page.

August 3, 2011 - Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, awarded 5-year NIHR01 grant, titled "Gene Regulation of Cranial Sensory Placode Development", worth $1.6 million. See Dr. Moody's web page.

May 27, 2011 - Douglas W. DeSimone, Ph.D., Associate Director, Morphogenesis and Regenerative Medicine Institute, Ivy Foundation Pratt Distinguished Professor of Morphogenesis, Department of Cell Biology, University of Virginia, presented a seminar titled “Forces, cell adhesion and the regulation of morphogenesis” in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm.

May 26, 2011 - Gilbert H. Smith, Ph.D., Head, Mammary Stem Cell Biology Section, Mammary Biology and Tumorigenesis Laboratory, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, presented a seminar titled “Stem and cancer cells in the mouse mammary gland” in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm.

May 5, 2011 - Raymond J. Walsh, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, received the 2011 Distinguished Teacher Award, the preeminent teaching award for faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences who teach medical students. Selection is a one-time honor that recognizes sustained, innovative, and highly valued teaching. See Dr. Walsh's web page.

March 28, 2011 - Ali Ramezani, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, awarded a $50,000 grant for his project, titled "Anti-HIV-1 Erythrocyte Viral Trap". The grant is funded through the Pilot Projects Award program of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National Medical Center (CTSI-CN) in partnership with GWU, supported by NIH's National Center for Research Resources. CTSI-CN's goal is to foster novel, innovative, collaborative, and multi- and inter-disciplinary clinical and translational research. See Dr. Ramezani's web page.

March 24, 2011 - Lijie Grace Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University, presented a seminar titled “Biologically inspired nanobiomaterials for bone and cartilage tissue engineering applications” in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm.

March 23, 2011 - Mary Ann Stepp, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Ophthamology, received the 2011 GWU Medical Center Distinguished Researcher Award at the 16th Annual George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Research Day. The Distinguished Researcher Award is awarded annually to honor a member of the faculty for outstanding research achievements as demonstrated by the quality and significance of the faculty member’s work and the individual’s track record of biomedical, public health and health services research. See Dr. Stepp's web page.

March 21, 2011 - The second annual Marilyn Koering Excellence in Microscopic Anatomy Award was presented to Karin Kuhn, the first year medical student with the highest accumulated grade average in ANAT 213 - Human Microscopic Anatomy. For more information about the award or to make a contribution to support future annual awards, please click here.

February 24, 2011 - Weiqun Peng, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Physics, George Washington University, presented a seminar titled “Next generation sequencing, epigenomics and hematopoietic differentiation” in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm.

February 10, 2011 - Shanthini Sockanathan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, presented the Seventh Annual Robert Oakley Memorial Lecture titled "Molecular mechanisms of spinal motor neuron differentiation” in Ross Hall 117 from 4-5 pm.

January 27, 2011 - Akos Vertes, Ph.D., Founder and Co-Director, W.M. Keck Institute for Proteomics Technology and Applications, Professor, Department of Chemistry, George Washington University, presented a seminar titled "Analysis of metabolic states down to the single cell level" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm.

December 27, 2010 - Irene Riz, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, awarded a $50,000 grant for her project, titled "Apoptotic Role of NF-kB in T-ALL Therapeutic Response". The grant is funded through the Pilot Projects Award program of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National Medical Center (CTSI-CN) in partnership with GWU, supported by NIH's National Center for Research Resources. CTSI-CN's goal is to foster novel, innovative, collaborative, and multi- and inter-disciplinary clinical and translational research. See Dr. Riz's web page.

July 1, 2010 - Mary Ann Stepp, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Ophthamology, was appointed as chairperson of the National Institutes of Health's Anterior Eye Disease Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review for a two year term ending June 30, 2012. See Dr. Stepp's web page.

May 10, 2010 - The first annual Marilyn Koering Excellence in Microscopic Anatomy Award was presented to Sarah Jawed, the first year medical student with the highest accumulated grade average in ANAT 213 - Human Microscopic Anatomy. For more information about the award or to make a contribution to support future annual awards, please click here.

May 7, 2010 - Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and co-investigator, Robert G. Hawley, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, awarded 2010-2011 GW Facilitating Fund grant for their project "Is the FoxD4 gene required to form neural stem cells?".

April 22, 2010 - Mary Ann Stepp, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Ophthalmology, presented a lecture titled "Reduced Recurrent Corneal Erosions and Skin Cancer in Syndecan-1 Null Mice: Why?" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

April 8, 2010 - Irene Riz, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology awarded 2010-2011 American Cancer Society Pilot Grant for Junior Faculty. See Dr. Riz's web page.

April 8, 2010 - Marian F. Young, Ph.D., Molecular Biology of Bones and Teeth Section, Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institute of Health, presented a lecture titled "Key Roles of Proteoglycans and their Partners in Skeletal Homeostasis and Disease" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar is part of the Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

March 25, 2010 - Dennis Yang Du, Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, presented a lecture titled "Insertional Mutagenesis Identifies Genes that Promote the Self-Renewal of Hematopoietic Progenitors" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

March 11, 2010 - Kristen L. Kroll, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Developmental Biology, Washington University School of Medicine, presented the Sixth Annual Robert Oakley Memorial Lecture titled "Transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of vertebrate neural development" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

March 1, 2010 - Irene Riz, Ph.D., a Research Scientist in the Department was promoted to Assistant Research Professor. See Dr. Riz's web page.

March 1, 2010 - Bo Yan, Ph.D., a Research Scientist in the Department was promoted to Assistant Research Professor. See Dr. Yan's web page.

February 18, 2010 - Ivan Rebustini, Ph.D., Matrix and Morphogenesis Unit, NIH-NIDCR, presented a lecture titled "Salivary Gland Morphogenesis: Insights from Proteolytic Enzymes and miRNA Gene Regulation" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

February 4, 2010 - Judy Liu, Ph.D., Center for Neuroscience Research, Children's National Medical Center, presented a lecture titled "Vesicle Transport in Developing Neurons" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

January 28, 2010 - Irene Riz, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, presented a lecture titled "Oncogenic Function of the TLX1 Homeodomain Protein" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

October 29, 2009 - Christa Merzdorf, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University, presented a lecture titled "Aquaporin-3b, Neural Folds and Neural Tube Closure" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Research Series "Special Topics in Stem Cell Biology" (ANAT 221)".

October 1, 2009 - D. Kent Morest, M.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Connecticut Health Center, presented a lecture titled "Directed Differentiation of Embryonic Stem Cells into Cochlear Ganglion Precursors for Transplantation as a Treatment of Deafness" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Research Series "Special Topics in Stem Cell Biology" (ANAT 221)".

September 3, 2009 - Kenna D. Peusner, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, awarded 2-year renewal of her NIHR01 grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, titled "Synaptic Transmission During Neuronal Differentiation", worth $1.3 million. See Dr. Peusner's web page.

August 1, 2009 - Mary Ann Stepp, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Ophthamology, awarded a supplement to her NIHR01 grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, titled "Molecular Aspects of Corneal Epithelial Migration", worth $228,108. See Dr. Stepp's web page.

May 5, 2009 - Karen Neilson, Ph.D., Research Scientist with Dr. Sally Moody, awarded 2-year NIHR03 grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, titled "Novel Six1 Co-factors and their Role in Placode Development", worth $156,417.

April 23, 2009 - Eric E. Turner, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of California at San Diego, presented the Fifth Annual Robert Oakley Memorial Lecture titled "Transcriptional conspiracies in sensory neuron development" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar concluded this year's Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

April 17, 2009 - Ronald C. Bohn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, received a 2009 Golden Apple Award in recognition of his outstanding medical school teaching.

April 9, 2009 - G. Ian Gallicano, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Georgetown University, presented a lecture titled "Understanding Mechanisms of Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation: Things We Do and Don't Know" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

March 26, 2009 - Derrick J. Rossi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Immune Disease Institute Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Harvard Medical School, presented a lecture titled "Hematopoietic Stem Cell Aging: Mechanism and Consequence" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

March 5, 2009 - Lisa Taneyhill, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. Animal & Avian Sciences University of Maryland, presented a lecture titled "Regulation of Neural Crest Migration in the Chick Embryo" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

February 19, 2009 - Sohyun Ahn, Ph.D. Principal Investigator, Unit on Developmental Neurogenetics, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, presented a lecture titled "Sonic Hedgehog Signaling in Neural Stem Cells" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

February 15, 2009 - Anastas Popratiloff, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Research Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, and Director of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for Microscopy and Image Analysis (CMIA), awarded an NIH NCRR Shared Instrumentation Grant worth $500,000 to purchase a new confocal laser scanning microscope for the CMIA. See Dr. Popratiloff's web page.

February 12, 2009 - Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D., Director, Center for Neuroscience Research, Childrens Research Institute, Childrens National Medical Center, presented a lecture titled "Gliogenesis and Glial Repair in the Central Nervous System" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

February 5, 2009 - Rocky Tuan, Ph.D. Chief, Cartilage Biology and Orthopaedics Branch, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIH, presented a lecture titled "Adult Stem Cells and Nanobiomaterials for Skeletal Tissue Engineering and Regeneration" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar was part of the Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

September 30, 2008 - Bo Yan, M.D., Research Scientist with Dr. Sally Moody, awarded 2-year NIHR03 grant, titled "Identifying Novel Genes Involved in Craniofacial Development", worth $234,188.

August 1, 2008 - Anne E. Chiaramello, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, awarded NIHR01 grant supplement worth $60,180, under the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Heatlh-Related Research Program. See Dr. Chiaramello's web page.

July 15, 2008 - Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, awarded 3-year National Science Foundation grant, titled "Molecular Specification of the Pre-Placodal Ectoderm", worth $403,886. See Dr. Moody's web page.

July 1, 2008 - Mary Ann Stepp, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Ophthamology, was appointed to the National Institutes of Health's Anterior Eye Disease Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review for a four year term beginning July 1, 2008. See Dr. Stepp's web page.

April 24, 2008 - Catherine E. Krull, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, presented the Fourth Annual Robert Oakley Memorial Lecture titled "Out on a limb: axon pathfinding in the periphery" in Ross Hall 401 from 12-1 pm: The seminar concluded this year's Seminar Series "Advanced Research in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ANAT 222)".

November 14, 2007 - Robert G. Hawley, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, was a featured speaker in the "Frontiers of Applied Life Sciences" session showcasing GW’s research efforts in celebration of the Inauguration of Dr. Steven Knapp as GW's 16th president: The title of Dr. Hawley's presentation was "Stem Cell Biology: Toward Regenerative Medicine".

September 28, 2007 - Mary Ann Stepp, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Ophthamology, awarded 5-year NIHR01 grant worth $2.8 million: The renewal grant, titled "Molecular Aspects of Corneal Epithelial Migration", will support Dr. Stepp's studies focused on understanding how corneal epithelial stem cells are maintained within their niche in normal tissue homeostasis and during wound healing. See Dr. Stepp's web page.

September 13, 2007 - The Medical Center announced that the name of the Department had been officially changed to the "Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology" from the "Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology": The name change for the Department, which had been passed by the Medical Center Faculty Senate on September 5, 2007, reflects the major research efforts of current faculty members and will facilitate the recruitment of top-tier candidates who will engage in leading-edge research in stem cell and regenerative biology.

September 12, 2007 - GW President Dr. Steven Knapp visited the Department: Dr. Steven Knapp, who became GW's 16th president on August 1, 2007, was given a tour of Dr. Robert Hawley's laboratory during his visit to the Medical Center. See photos.

September 6, 2007 - The Department hosted a Luncheon in recognition of Dr. Raymond Walsh's 17 years of leadership. See below and photos of the event.

August 1, 2007 - Anne E. Chiaramello, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, awarded NIHR01 grant worth $1 million: The renewal grant, titled "Transcriptional Dynamics of Neuronal Survival", will support Dr. Chiaramello's studies focused on dissecting the underlying mechanisms of the transcriptional network linking the neuronal survival pathway to the differentiation program. See Dr. Chiaramello's web page.

July 19, 2007 - Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, published a new book: Dr. Moody's book, Principles of Developmental Genetics (Academic Press), highlights the intersection of developmental biology with genomic technologies, and details how these advances have accelerated our understanding of the molecular genetic processes that regulate development. See Dr. Moody's web page.

July 1, 2007 - Janette M. Krum, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Neurological Surgery, appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies: In this capacity, Dr. Krum will be directly responsible for the oversight of all courses conducted by or through the Department that are targeted to medical students, health sciences students, and undergraduate CCAS students. See Dr. Krum's web page.

July 1, 2007 - Mei Shao, Ph.D., a Research Scientist in the Department was promoted to Assistant Research Professor. See Dr. Shao's web page.

July 1, 2007 - Ali Ramezani, Ph.D., a Research Scientist in the Department was promoted to Assistant Research Professor. See Dr. Ramezani's web page.

July 1, 2007 - Robert G. Hawley, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, was appointed as the new Chair of the Department: See Dr. Hawley's web page.

June 30, 2007 - Raymond J. Walsh, Ph.D, Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, stepped down as Chair of the Department: Dr. Walsh was appointed as the Chair of the Department in 1995, having previously served as the Interim Chair from 1990 to 1995. See Dr. Walsh's web page.

June 13, 2007 - Janette M. Krum, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and of Neurological Surgery, completed the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program.

April 13, 2007 - Ronald C. Bohn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, received a 2007 Golden Apple Award in recognition of his outstanding medical school teaching.

March 26, 2007 - Robert G. Hawley, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, received the 2006 Elaine H. Snyder Cancer Research Award: This award is given annually to the GWU Medical School researcher or researchers who have made the greatest contribution to cancer research during the past twelve months.