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Congratulations to Talha Anwar, pre-doctoral graduate student in the Kleer lab on receiving a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellowship (F30). This three year grant will support Talha's thesis project titled "Non-canonical functions of EZH2 in triple-negative breast cancers." His project investigates the mechanistic and functional contributions of EZH2, a protein found significantly elevated in triple-negative breast cancers, and focuses on the development of new prognostic indicators for aggressive TNBCs. Kudos to Talha!

Congratulations to Sierrah Grigsby, pre-doctoral graduate student in the Nikolovska-Coleska lab on being selected to participate in the prestigious 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Starting in May 2015 this fellowship will provide 3 years of support which will allow Sierrah to work on her thesis related to understanding the protein-protein interaction of histone methyltransferase, disruptor of telomeric silencing 1-like (DOT1L), with known and novel proteins. Sierrah is "looking forward to the progression of this project" and is very thankful for her mentor's and the support of the MCP program. 

The laboratory of Dr. Gabriel Nuñez, Paul de Kruif Professor of Pathology, reported new findings in the article “Distinct commensals induce interleukin-1b via NLRP3 inflammasome in inflammatory monocytes to promote intestinal inflammation in response to injury” which was published in the online issue of Immunity, April 21st, 2015. Dr. Sang-Uk Seo is first author. Other coauthors from the Department include Nobuhiko Kamada, Raúl Muñoz-Planillo, Yun-Gi Kim, Donghyun Kim, Yukiko Koizumi, Mizuho Hasegawa, and Naohiro Inohara.  The article can be found at

U-M Health System launches $160M project to improve lab tests for patients in Michigan and beyond! The U-M Board of Regents approved the project in a vote April 16, 2015. Now, UMHS will begin creating an entirely new 139,000-square-foot home for most of its clinical pathology activities, and renovating another 47,000 square feet of existing space. To view the full UMHS press release click here.

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Cody Carter! Cody has been elected Assistant Chief Resident for 2015-2016 and Dr. Reena Singh will take over Dr. Ted Brown's position as Chief Resident.


Thanks for all your hard work, you're almost finished Ted!

American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP)

2015 Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology

Boston, MA


Dr. Charles A. Parkos is the recipient of the 2015 ASIP Rous-Whipple Award.  The ASIP Rous-Whipple Award is given to a senior scientist with a distinguished career in research that has advanced the understanding of disease and with continued productivity at the time of the award.  Dr. Parkos presented the Rous-Whipple lecture on Sunday, March 29 at the ASIP meeting in Boston:  "Leukocyte-Epithelial Interactions: A Double-Edged Sword".  He will receive the Rous-Whipple Award on Monday, March 30 during the ASIP Membership Business Meeting and Awards Presentation.

The Department of Pathology congratulates two of our second year pathology residents, Drs. Cody Carter and John Sherbeck.  They have been accepted into the Graduate Medical Education Healthcare Administration Scholars Program (HASP) beginning September 2015.  They are 2 of 17 residents from throughout the  institution accepted. 


It is with sincere sadness that we mark the passing of Paul W. Gikas, MD.  He died peacefully at home on March 23.  The funeral will be March 27 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor at 11am.  Dr. Gikas was a longtime member of the UM family, doing his undergraduate, medical degrees and residency here.  After his service in the US Army Medical Corps, Paul became a faculty member in Pathology in 1959, with an interest in GU and Renal Pathology. He retired in 1994.  His contributions to the department and the University of Michigan were considerable and diverse, reflecting his many interests.   Teaching medical students and residents (even in retirement), electron microscopy (founding director of the EM diagnostic service), serving as assistant dean of medical school admissions, faculty representative to the Big Ten Conference and NCAA, automobile safety research (resulting in significant redesign of car shifting mechanisms to prevent injuries), Great Lakes sailing and fishing, running (the Detroit Free Press and Boston Marathons), biking (he always biked to work), were all passions of Paul. "Hey, Jack," he would say, as he always had time for a kind word with those lucky enough to know him.  He was generous with his time and considerable talents, helping many, many people during his tenure here.  He and his wife funded the John and Millie Gikas Travel Grant Program, which supports additional travel to professional meetings for three fellows each year.  Most of all Paul loved his family. We send our heartfelt condolences to Sue Gikas and their entire family.  

The Department has learned the names of the 8 senior medical students who matched into our residency program through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  We are excited to welcome the incoming residents for July, 2015:

John Kennedy - University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Shula Schecter - Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Brian Soles - University of Toledo College of Medicine

Lauren Stanoszek - University of Toledo College of Medicine

Libby Talsma - University of Michigan Medical School

Milad Webb - University of Nevada School of Medicine

Steven Weindorf - Wayne State School of Medicine

Helen Worrell - University of Michigan Medical School

USCAP 2015 Boston, Ma

Our annual A J French Alumni Society Reception will be held on Monday, March 23 (5:30 pm 7:30 pm) at the Sheraton Boston Hotel and Towers in Room Beacon A. All faculty, residents, fellows and society members, including their guest are invited.