Basnakian Team Publishes Collaborative Manuscript
Professor Alexei Basnakian and former research associate Alena Savenka published a manuscript in the journal Antioxidants. The article titled “Effects of gamma-tocotrienol on partial-body irradiation-induced intestinal injury in a nonhuman primate model” is a collaborative study with investigators from the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, which includes retired professor Martin Hauer- Jensen, assistant professor Isabelle Miousse, assistant research professor Tarun Garg, and assistant staff scientist Sarita Garg, as well as scientists from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. The study evaluated the vitamin E analog gamma-tocotrienol (GT3) as a radio- protector and determined its ability to accelerate GI recovery in partial-body irradiated (PBI) nonhuman primates subjected to X-rays. The data relied on the TUNEL assay and im- munostaining of Ki67 and other markers of cell injury and recovery to suggest that X-rays induce severe intestinal injury post-PBI and GT3 confers a short-term radioprotective effect.
Dr. Julia Tobacyk Wins Second Place in People’s Choice Award
Postdoctoral fellow Julia Tobacyk and postdoctoral fellow Megan Reed (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) won second place in the People’s Choice Award at a recent Seed Funding Pitch Competition at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at UA Fayetteville. Dr. Tobacyk and her team, which includes two other graduate students from the UA Fayetteville, won $1000 for their project, “A diagnostic tool for treating glioblastoma using precision medicine”. The competition was part of the New Venture Development course that Dr. Tobacyk is enrolled in as a scholar in the CTSA-funded Health Sciences Innovation and Entrepreneurship Postdoctoral Training Program. Way to go Dr. Tobacyk!
Dr. Fantegrossi Wins First Place in Lightweight Masters Division
Associate professor Bill Fantegrossi recently took first place in the New Orleans Strength Expo Battle on the Bayou in the Lightweight Masters Division. Congratulations Dr. Fantegrossi!