GCC Biotechnology News ...


Student Accomplishments ....

  • Five GCC biotech students have been named as Helios Scholars since the program's inception. Most recently (2013), Debbie Healy was selected for this summer internship program sponsored by Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Helios scholars have the opportunity to work side by side in the laboratory with TGen's first-class research scientists for eight weeks, investigating the genetics of various diseases including diabetes, Alzheimers, melanoma and other types of cancers. Prior year recipients include Carlos Lorenzo and Ryan Richholt.

    UPDATE: Debbie Healey's work "The Optimization of an Immunohistochemistry Protocol for using Mouse Antibodies on Mouse Tissue" was selected as one of "best posters" at the recent Helios Scholar Symposium which culminated the summer internship program. You can learn more about Debbie's somewhat non-traditional educational journey in her profile.

  • Biotechnology program graduate selected to receive prestigious scholarship! Pilar Ramos, now doing research at T-Gen on ovarian cancer, was selected as one of four recipients of the inaugural Anne Rita Monahan (ARM) Foundation Scholarship. She will use the scholarship toward her graduate studies. Pilar graduated from GCC in 2005 and completed her bachelor's degree in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology at ASU in 2007. She is currently a third year doctoral student at ASU. Look for a seminar about her work in the spring seminar schedule.

  • Students present work at Annual Meetings of the Arizona Nevada Academy of Science. In 2006, Okate Bilante was selected as one of the Best Student Posters for work he did as part of his internship at Barrow Neurological Institute on "Changes in expression of PDGF-C and D and their respective receptors in cells from drug resistant gliobastoma multiforme" (see page 51). Marion Dame did a talk on her work "Using Chlamydomonas reinhardti IC78 as a model for ciliary dysfunction and its treatment" (see page 8-9). Several other students presented posters at the same meeting (see pages 29-37). In 2012, GCC alum Jason Goldstein received the award for Best Student Paper in Biology for his presentation of work has done as part of his continued studies at ASU West on spectra obtained from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) using matrix-assisted laser desorption time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) (see page 6).

Upcoming Events ....

  • Biotechnology Seminars
    LS 102, Fridays 11-11:50 am
    (All interested individuals are welcome to attend)
    Check back in August for schedule of Fall semester guest speakers.

  • Biotech Club
    Meets Fridays (during academic year)
    in LS 104 on Fridays from 10-10:50 am
    Open to all students with an interest in learning more about current issues and/or careers in the field of biotechnology

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