A baccalaureate candidate beams with excitement and joy as Carol K. Golyski, PhD, congratulates her at the biomedical sciences commencement ceremony.
A student from the Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Jing Ying Eng, is hooded by her mentor, Kate Rittenhouse-Olson, PhD.
Jeremy Waight receives the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Award for Overall Excellence in Cancer Research.
Sisters Cara (left) and Emily Clementi celebrate their new degrees with faculty members Timothy F. Murphy, MD, and Anders P. Hakansson, PhD (right).
Charanya Kumar shares a celebratory moment with her mentor, Jennifer A. Surtees, PhD, of biochemistry.
Published May 14, 2013
The undergraduate and graduate biomedical sciences commencement for the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences took place May 9 at the Center for the Arts.
This year, 20 PhD, 24 master’s and 175 baccalaureate candidates were eligible for degrees.
Degrees were conferred by UB President Satish Tripathi.
The commencement address was delivered by Derek LeRoith, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, director of the Metabolism Institute and chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.
Candidates completed work in the following departments or programs:
Also included were the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Graduate Division programs in biochemistry, bioinformatics, cancer pathology and prevention, molecular pharmacology and cancer therapeutics, immunology, cellular and molecular biology, molecular and cellular biophysics, and natural sciences.
Four graduate students and six undergraduates were honored with awards at the commencement ceremony.
The Biochemistry Dissertation Research Recognition Award (2013)
This award honors those who have been nationally or internationally recognized for dissertation research and selected for oral presentation at a major national or international meeting.
Recipient: Charanya Kumar
Dissertation: Msh2-Msh6 and Msh2-Msh3 complexes: A structure function analysis
Major Professor: Jennifer A. Surtees, PhD
The Dean’s Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research
Recipients of this award are PhD candidates who have demonstrated excellence in research in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Recipient: Thomas Grant
Dissertation: Understanding the structure of eukaryotic glutaminyl-TRNA synthetase: Combining X-ray crystallography with statistical evaluations of small angle scattering data.
Department: Structural Biology
Major Professor: Edward H. Snell, PhD
The Microbiology and Immunology Award for Excellence in Dissertation Research in Memory of Dr. Murray W. Stinson
This award recognizes outstanding dissertation research by a graduate student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology along with a well-rounded and excellent academic record that includes publications and presentations related to the research.
Recipient: Emily Clementi
Dissertation: Mechanistic insights into death induced by protein-lipid complexes in Streptococcus pneumoniae
Department: Microbiology and Immunology
Major Professor: Anders P. Hakansson, PhD
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Award for Overall Excellence in Cancer Research
Nominations for this award are limited to doctoral graduates of the Graduate Division at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Award winners will possess an outstanding academic history, publication record and dissertation abstract.
Recipient: Jeremy Waight
Dissertation: Opposing roles of tumor-derived G-CSF and myeloid IRF-8 expression on myeloid-derived suppressor cell (MDSC) development
Major Professor: Scott I. Abrams, PhD
Students are selected for this award based on their high academic performance and their involvement in the campus community and external organizations.
Recipient: Kevin Espino
Program Director: Gail R. Willsky, PhD
Recipient: Joseph Moran-Guiati
Program Director: David E. Shubert, PhD
Recipient: Sanjana Mahapatra
Program Director: Kate Rittenhouse-Olson, PhD
Recipient: Hongjing Shen
Program Director: Carol K. Golyski, MS, MT, CLS
Nuclear Medicine Technology
Recipient: Jennifer Lynn Bognar
Program Coordinator: Elpida S. Crawford, MS, CNMT
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Recipient: Christopher Kuan Wang
Program Director: James R. Olson, PhD