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Manuela Sushnitha, PhD student in Tasciotti Lab, receives prestigious fellowship for leukosome targeting for cancer
Manuela Sushnitha received the prestigious National Cancer Institute Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. The purpose of this award program is to enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into productive, independent research scientists to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. Manuela’s fellowship is for Leukosome directed targeting of triple-negative breast cancer.

Francesca Taraballi, PhD, becomes assistant professor
Francesca Taraballi, PhD, previously an instructor in the Tasciotti Lab, has been promoted to assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery in the Center for Musculoskeletal Regeneration. She will continue her research on developing novel strategies for cartilage repair based on biomimetic materials, cell therapy, and immune engineering.

Lab Members travel to TERMIS world conference in Kyoto, Japan
Five Tasciotti Lab members travelled to the Tissue Engineering Regenerative Medicine International Society world conference (TERMIS). The lab presented eight posters on current research. Francesca Taraballi, PhD, presented on “The Interaction of Biomaterials and Stem Cell Regeneration.” She noted, “it was an excellent opportunity to share our work on biomimetic materials; the talks were very good with a chance to meet up with old friends in the field.”

Three lab members elected to leadership in Houston Methodist Association for Postdoctoral and Trainee Affairs
Troy Hendrickson, Anna Pasto, and Manuela Sushnitha were elected to MAPTA, an organization that supports Houston Methodist postdoctoral fellows, graduate trainees, and other translational science research professionals with education, networking, intramural activities, and career development and advancement opportunities. Troy Hendrickson was elected to vice president of career and professional development, Anna Pasto is the external vice president of international affairs, and Manuela Sushnitha is the vice president of outreach.

Manuela Sushnitha receives third place poster presentation at American Physician Scientist Association Southwest meeting
Manuela Sushnitha received third place for her presentation on her current research regarding Leukosomes design for triple-negative breast cancer targeting. The conference, hosted at Baylor College of Medicine, focused on translational clinical research and interacting with physicians in research.

MAPTA Summer Science Symposium
Lab members presented their research at the Houston Methodist Association for Postdoctoral and Trainee Affairs summer science symposium. The event is aimed at highlighting the research that undergraduate and graduate students performed during their summer research experience. Felipe Soto, TeMoore Raja, Katiana Flores, and Katherine Varner presented in the undergraduate portion while Troy Hendrickson and Manuela Sushnitha presented in the graduate portion. Anna Pasto had a podium presentation. Hendrickson received a best poster presentation award for his research on “Biomimicry with an aligned, conductive electrospun patch for iPSC-derived cardiomycte maturation.”

Francesca Taraballi, PhD, awarded Orthoregen fellowship
Francesca Taraballi, PhD, was awarded the Orthoregen scholar fellowship to visit Seoul, Kyoto, Osaka and Tai Pei orthopedics hospitals as part of the ICRS/ON Ortho Regeneration Research Fellowship. With this fellowship, Taraballi will visit Department of Orthopedic Surgery research groups and attend the ICRS conference with the Macaw International Cartilage Regeneration and Joint Preservation Society. She will be attending the focus meeting entitled “I’m not ready for metal” in Milan.
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