Celebration of Undergraduate Research poster award

Luma Essaid, a BSPH nutrition major in the Makowski Lab, won a poster award at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research on April 15 for her poster, “Role of a Hepacyte Growth Facor on Obesity-Mediated Basal-like Breast Cancer,”

Luma Essaid (center)

Luma Essaid (center)

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Exciting news and recognition for members of the Makowski Lab in 2015

Alex Freemerman, research associate and Makowski lab manager for 5 years won an award for exceptional service in the Nutrition department- the highest award offered! Congrats to Alex! Maili Lim and Luma Essaid, our BSPH undergrads will graduate with highest honors for their excellent work! Congrats to Luma and Maili! Alyssa Cozzo, first year doctoral student in the Makowski lab won the Ethel J. Coleman Endowed Scholarship in Nutritional Biochemistry for 2014-2015! Congrats Alyssa!

Alex Freemerman

Alex Freemerman

Alyssa Cozzo

Alyssa Cozzo

Luma Essaid

Luma Essaid

Maili Lim

Maili Lim

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Ethel J. Coleman Endowed Scholarship in Nutritional Biochemistry

Makowski Lab doctoral candidate Alyssa Cozzo was selected by the Department of Nutrition as the recipient of the Ethel J. Coleman Endowed Scholarship in Nutritional Biochemistry for 2014-2015.  She was chosen by the nutritional biochemistry division for her strong academic ability and potential to contribute to the field of nutritional biochemistry. Congratulations Alyssa!

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UNC BCERP launches website to assess personal breast cancer risk

The UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) is pleased to announce the official launch of myBCrisk.org. The site features videos of young black survivors, a tool for assessing personal risk factors, and informational resources. Although our target audience is African American women, women of all backgrounds can use this site to learn about breast cancer risk.

UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program website LINK
myBCrisk site LINK

 

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Weight loss reversed obesity-induced HGF/c-Met pathway and basal-like breast cancer progression

Liza Makowski, assistant professor of Nutrition, published “Weight loss reversed obesity-induced HGF/c-Met pathway and basal-like breast cancer progression” in Frontiers in Oncology as part of the research topic focusing on “Obesity: An important driving force behind inflammation, altered immunity and cellular metabolism.” Makowski lab co-authors include lead author Dr. Sneha Sundaram, Trinh L Le, Luma Essaid, Dr. Alex J Freemerman, and Megan J Huang. Other authors include Dr. Melissa A Troester, associate professor of Epidemiology, Joseph A Galanko, Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, as well as Kirk K McNaughton (Department of Cell Biology & Physiology), and Katharine M Bendt and David B Darr of the  Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. http://sph.unc.edu/sph-news/study-in-mice-finds-weight-loss-reduces-progression-of-basal-like-breast-cancer/

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Gold Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Luma Essaid, a BSPH student in the Makowski Lab, who won a Gold Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for $4,000 to fund summer studies. Congrats, Luma!

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Gillings School of Global Public Health chapter of Delta Omega

Congratulations to Liza Makowski who will be inducted into the Gillings School of Global Public Health chapter of Delta Omega, the national public health honorary society

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The Tom and Elizabeth Long Research Award

Congratulations to Luma Essaid, BSPH ’15, who has been awarded the Tom and Elizabeth Long Research Award for 2014-2015 from Honors Carolina at UNC-CH.

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Fred and Pearle McCall and MaryAnn C. Farthing Scholarship!

Congratulations to Trinh Le, MPH/RD candidate in the Makowski lab who won a Gillings School-wide Fred and Pearle McCall scholarship & a Nutrition Department MaryAnn C. Farthing Scholarship!

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) awarded Luma Essaid (BSPH ’14) a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for research in the Makowski Lab. Luma was also awarded a $2,000 Scholarship through UNC Health Care’s Volunteer Association! Congrats Luma!

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