Ernesto Manzo, a graduate student in the lab, successfully defended his thesis May 3. Ernesto will head to the Oregon Health and Science University for post-doctoral studies. Ernesto’s recent publication, “Glycolysis upregulation is neuroprotective as a compensatory mechanism in ALS”, was accepted into the scientific journal eLife.
Hiromi Fukuzaki, an undergraduate researcher in the lab, was named outstanding senior of the year by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Fukuzaki was also awarded the Danny Brower Memorial Scholarship, which honors a former UA professor accomplished in biology research.
Erik Lehmkuhl, a graduate student in the lab, along with undergraduate researchers Samantha Macklin, Dakotah Shreiner, Matthew Scandura, and Brittany Williams were all named 2019 U of A College of Science Galileo Circle Scholars.
A number of undergraduates in the lab were admitted into research programs on campus this year that will support their research in the lab. Hannah Ball and Alexander Blythe were admitted into U of A’s Undergraduate Biology Research Program. Breen Belone was admitted into U of A’s Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention Program. Nick Pena was admitted into U of A’s Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program.
During the 59th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in April, Dr. Daniela Zarnescu was invited to host a presentation on her lab’s research. Her talk, titled “Lost in translation – RNA processing defects impact synaptic metabolism in neurodegeneration”, can be watched here.
Arizona Public Media spotlighted Dr. Daniela Zarnescu and her work to uncover the genes responsible for Lou Gehrig’s Disease in a recent article.
Randall Eck, an undergraduate researcher in the lab, was named one of U of A’s National Beckman Scholars and provided funding by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to continue his work on stress granules in aging and ALS in the lab.
Undergraduate researcher Hiromi Fukuzaki was named a U of A Charles Hoyt Scholar for the second year in the row, the scholarship is in honor of a local high school science teacher.
Undergraduate researcher Stephen Yao, otherwise known as the “Fly Guy”, was featured in this great University of Arizona article about the benefits of undergraduate research.
Ernesto Manzo, a graduate student, gave a talk on his work on metabolic dysregulation in ALS at the HHMI Gilliam fellowship annual meeting after being awarded their prestigious Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study.
University of Arizona News recently spotlighted Dr. Daniela Zarnescu’s collaboration with Dr. May Khanna and their search for a treatment to ALS using small molecules.
Dr. Daniela Zarnescu and her research lab at U of A, which uses fruit flies to study ALS, was recently spotlighted in a Tucson News article about support for the Southern Arizona ALS community.