UC San Diego bioengineering professor Shu Chien made many foundational scientific discoveries over the course of his 62-year academic career, ranging from uncovering a key reason why sedentary lifestyles can be unhealthy to how to more efficiently screen for adverse effects of small molecule drugs in patients. But from the stories that emerged during a two-day celebration in honor of his retirement it's clear that it's the lessons he unknowingly taught on how to be a better person that resonated most deeply with the hundreds of students, colleagues and collaborators around the world who view him as a beloved mentor.
Indentifying mechanisms of diseases with complex inheritance patterns, such as macular telangiectasia type 2, is challenging. A link between macular telangiectasia type 2 and altered serine matabolism has been established previously. Through exome aequewnce analysis of a patient with macular telangiectasia type 2 and his family members, we identified a variant in SPTLC1 encoding a subunit of serine palmitoyltransferase (SPT). Because mutations affecting SPT are known to cause hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 1 (HSAN1), we examined 10 additional persons with HSAN1 for ophtalmologic disease. We assayed serum amino acid and sphingoid base levels, including levels of deoxysphingolipids, in patients who had macular telangiectasia type 2 but did not have HSAN1 or pathogenic variants affecting SPT.
It is a tremendous pleasure to announce that upon the recommendation of the Thesis Awards Committee (Professor Intaglietta, Chair) the winners of the 2018-2019 Shunichi Usami Ph.D. Thesis Design Award in Bioengineering are:
Bruno Umbria Pedroni Bruno completed his Ph.D. thesis under the guidance of Professor Gert Cauwenberghs and his thesis title is:
"Boltzmann Energetics and Temporal Dynamics of Learning Neuromorphic Systems"
Praopim (Mint) Limsakul Praopim completed her Ph.D. thesis under the guidance of Professor Yingxiao Wang and her thesis title is:
"Engineering Molecular Modules Through Directed Evolution for Applications in Single-Cell Imaging and Immunotherapy"
Please join us in congratulating Bruno and Praopim for this outstanding achievement.
It is a tremendous pleasure to announce that upon the recommendation of the Thesis Awards Committee (Professor Intaglietta, Chair) the winners of the 2018-2019 Engelson Ph.D. Thesis Award in Bioengineering are:
Kimberly McCabe Kimberly completed her Ph.D. thesis under the guidance of Professor Andrew McCulloch and her thesis title is:
"Multiscale Computational Approaches for the Study of Dilated Cardiomyopathy Mechanisms and Therapy"
Ana Maria Moreno Ana completed her Ph.D. thesis under the guidance of Professor Prashant Mali and her thesis title is:
"Engineering Efficient and Safe in situ Genome Regulation via CRISPR-Cas9 for Enabling Gene Therapies"
Please join us in congratulating Ana and Kimberly for this extraordinary achievement.
- Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Saltzman
- Student Organization Demos
- Senior Design Showcase
- Networking Luncheon
- Industry Demos
Wearable Sensing, NeuroPace, MaxCyte, Advanced Brain Monitoring, Cellink
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