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PREDOCTORAL POSITION AVAILABLE IN THE MOST PROGRAM – Deadline Extended

Dear Student Researchers,

We are accepting applications for a pre-doctoral PhD position in the T32 Multi-Disciplinary Oral Sciences Training Program (MOST). The MOST is an umbrella program that supports trainees at various stages of their career and graduate studies that fall within the core research/training mission of the training grant. The core research areas are in the biomedical sciences to advance craniofacial-oral-dental research including craniofacial biology, tissue regeneration, tissue engineering, biomaterials, oral cancer, microbiology, immunology, and translational research.

Details can be found below and also online (http://most.uic.edu/applicants/). For any additional information, feel free to contact me at bedran@uic.edu.

For any additional information, do not hesitate to email bedran@uic.edu or call 312-413-9581 (citizenship and other requirements are outlined below).

Kind regards,

Ana Bedran-Russo

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Predoctoral PhD Trainee Position

Eligibility:

  • The primary qualifications for this program include a commitment to craniofacial-oral-dental research sciences, previous academic achievement and research potential.  Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD degree program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Preference will be given to candidates who have passed the Preliminary Exam.
  • UIC is dedicated to increasing the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical and clinical sciences, as diversifying the student and faculty bodies improve the quality of the training and educational environment.
  • Applicants must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence who possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551, or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident).  Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for admission.

Application deadlines:

  • May 20 (Friday) – submit intent to apply by email, optional but strongly encouraged.
  • May 27 (Friday) – applications due

Procedures:

Complete the following items and forward to Ashley Burton at the following address: 801 S. Paulina Street, Room 202D, M/C 621, Chicago, IL 60612 or email aburt55@uic.edu

1. Application (found in http://most.uic.edu/applicants/predoctoral-phd/)

2. Two-page description of research project and career goals. Must include: a) plans for journal article submission and, b) plans for individual grant submission

3. Recommendation letter from primary mentor

4. One-page self-assessment of research training needs (eg. curriculum, additional mentoring, etc.)

5. Curriculum vitae

6. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts

7. Proof of successful completion of the preliminary exam, if applicable

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MOST Summer 2016 Research Program

The MOST Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Program is now accepting applications through February 12, 2016.

ELIGIBILITY

Undergraduate students, who are considering careers in biomedical or biological sciences and who are either US citizens or Permanent Residents, are encouraged to apply. Students who will graduate prior to the summer of 2016 are not eligible. All participants must have health insurance for the duration of the program.

UIC is dedicated to increasing the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical and clinical sciences, as diversifying the student and faculty bodies improve the quality of the training and educational environment.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for the summer of 2016 will be accepted beginning November 13, 2015 until February 12, 2016. Complete applications will include the following:

2016 Application
Up-to-date transcript from current undergraduate institution
Two letters of recommendation from academic sources


Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Positions available in the MOST program

Dear Researchers,

We are now accepting applications for 1 pre-doctoral PhD position and 1 post-doctoral position in the T32 Multi-Disciplinary Oral Sciences Training Program (MOST). Details to both position can be found below and also online (http://most.uic.edu/applicants/). For any additional information, feel free to contact me at bedran@uic.edu.

Kind regards,

Ana Bedran-Russo

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Predoctoral PhD Trainee Position

Eligibility:

  • The primary qualifications for this program include a commitment to an oral science research career, previous academic achievement and research potential.  Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD degree program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Preference will be given to candidates who have passed the Preliminary Exam.
  • UIC is dedicated to increasing the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical and clinical sciences, as diversifying the student and faculty bodies improve the quality of the training and educational environment.
  • Applicants must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence who possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551, or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident).  Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for admission.

Application deadlines:

  • March 1 (Tuesday) – submit intent to apply by email
  • March 8 (Tuesday) – applications due

Procedures:

Complete the following items and forward to Ashley Burton at the following address: 801 S. Paulina Street, Room 202D, M/C 621, Chicago, IL 60612 or email aburt55@uic.edu

1. Application (found in http://most.uic.edu/applicants/predoctoral-phd/)

2. Two-page description of research project and career goals. Must include: a) plans for journal article submission and, b) plans for individual grant submission

3. Recommendation letter from primary mentor

4. One-page self-assessment of research training needs (eg. curriculum, additional mentoring, etc.)

5. Curriculum vitae

6. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts

7. Proof of successful completion of the preliminary exam, if applicable

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 Post-Doctoral Research Trainee Fellowship Position

Eligibility:

  • The primary qualifications for this program include a commitment to an oral science research career, previous academic achievement and research potential. The MOST Program is accepting applications for fellowships for both:
    • non-degree seeking trainees – individuals whose terminal degrees are DDS, MD or PhDs
    • degree-seeking postdoctoral trainees – individuals with either DDS or MDs, enrolled in a PhD program.
  • UIC is dedicated to increasing the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical and clinical sciences, as diversifying the student and faculty bodies improve the quality of the training and educational environment.
  • Applicants must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence who possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551, or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for admission. Former or current principal investigators on any NIH research project grant or project leaders on sub-projects of program project (P01) or center grants (P50) are NOT eligible for the MOST program.

Application procedures for degree-seeking and non-degree seeking postdoctoral fellows:

Prepare a letter of intent that includes the following items and email to Dr. Bedran-Russo (bedran@uic.edu) by Monday, November 2nd 2015.

1. Name and previous degrees

2. Name of main advisor

3. Brief description of current research description. Must include: a) hypothesis, b) description of relevance for oral health research, c) description of research relevance for clinical practice

4. Co-signature of main advisor

5. Curriculum vitae (can be attached separately).


2015 MOST Summer Research Program is underway

The 2015 MOST Summer Research Program kicked-off June 1! The trainees are well into their research related activities. The group meet biweekly for various seminars and the students spend the remaining time in their host research laboratories. This year we have a very diverse group including 10 undergraduate students, 6 incoming DMD students and 5 students from the Brazilian Mobility Program! We also have joint activities with the SURF program in the College of Pharmacy. A mini-symposium is planned for August 18 where the students will have the opportunity to share their summer research experience in a poster presentation format.


Daniel Kulakowski joins the MOST program

Daniel Kulakowski has recently joined the MOST program as a recipient of an NIH T32 postdoctoral fellowship. He will work in Dr. Guido Pauli’s group the College of Pharmacy  in a interdisciplinary project with Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo that has recently established the ability of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (oPACs) to modify dentin for restorative/reparative dentistry procedures. These compounds are isolated from botanical sources, including cocoa, grapeseed and witch hazel, and currently their effects on dental pulp cells are unknown. He will be assessing the toxicity and bioactivity of oPACs on dental pulp stem cells in a biomimetic 3D extracellular matrix scaffold in collaboration with Dr. Sriram Ravindran.

Daniel received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Rutgers University and earned his Ph.D. from The City University of New York (CUNY) in Biology/Plant Sciences with a focus on phytochemistry and ethnobotany, where he studied a tea from Micronesia used to stimulate the immune system. While he misses the crystal clear waters and waves of Micronesia, Lake Michigan is a good replacement (in the summer). When not in the lab Daniel enjoys cycling, gardening and cooking.

 


PhD-DMD student Mat Wietecha next career chapter after graduation

On May 9, MOST dual-degree student Mat Wietecha successfully completed a 7 year PhD-DMD program! Mat defended his PhD thesis in December 15, 2014. His PhD dissertation is titled  “Negative regulators of angiogenesis during wound healing” and he was mentored by Dr. Luisa DiPietro. He is soon moving to Zurich, Switzerland for his next career step as a post-doctoral research at the ETH (Federal Institute of Technology). He will be working in the laboratory of Professor of Cell Biology Dr. Sabine Werner, and his research project will involve investigating molecular parallels between tissue repair/regeneration and carcinogenesis. Mat received his BS from UIC, he has been part of the MOST family for over 7 years, has received many honors, published many papers and was incredibly dedicated to patient care.  He successfully balanced the high demand of a dual degree program, always with a great smile. Indeed an amazing role model! We will miss him! Wishing Dr. Wietecha all the best on the new chapter of his academic career!

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PHD STUDENT ELLIE JHUN RECEIVES AWARD FROM ST. JUDE

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MOST trainee Ellie Jhun receives all-expenses-paid award to participate at the The St. Jude National Graduate Student Symposium (NGSS).  She is one of 44 students selected from a pool of over 1800 applicants. The event will be held at St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee on April 7-11, 2015.The event allows PhD-level graduate students from around the U.S. to show their work and learn about research done at St. Jude. Ellie will present her work on sickle pain pharmacogenetics. Her mentor is Dr. Jim Wang in the department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences. Additional information from the symposium can be found at http://www.stjude.org/ngss.