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UPDATE:  One Year Masters Students

By David Franklin, PhD

Here is an update of the One-Year MS stats, and where our Graduates stand with respect to reaching their ultimate goals.
We have a 100% graduation rate of 75 students since 2012. This obviously does not include our 28 present MS students.
88% of our graduates got accepted into at least 1 professional school of their choice (allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dental, veterinary, law, nursing). Many had multiple offers of acceptance. Corey Carney has the record, with over 11 interviews and at least 5 acceptances. I think we should highlight Corey sometime soon, but after he picks which school he will attend in the Fall. I believe Tulane is still in the running.
7% of our graduates used their degree to get into the workforce and are gainfully employed. These were generally students who didn’t perform academically in the MS program to a level that would allow me to mentor them for medical school admissions. I instead advised them to use the degree in another fashion, which they did.
5% of our graduates are applying, and have been in at least 1 full admissions cycle. I am hopeful that each can get acceptance soon.
Not included in these numbers are graduates who have not yet had at least one full admissions cycle. They also don’t include our 28 present MS students.
Our MS graduates have been accepted to: Tulane School of Medicine (including one in the PSP program), LSUHSC (New Orleans and Shreveport), LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, LSU School of Dentistry, LSU School of Nursing, University of Queensland / Ochsner Program, Meharry School of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine, University of South Carolina Medicine, University of Southern Alabama, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine, University of South Alabama Medical School, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Texas A&M College of Medicine, Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical School, University of Mississippi Medical Center, University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine, and Touro University Nevada School of Osteopathic Medicine.


A quack, a queen and a trip around the moon were part of the highlights of this year’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (DBMB) Departmental 7th Annual Academic Synergy (AAS) Retreat, held December 12th in Room 111A of the J. Bennett Johnston Building. 

This event was somewhat of a homecoming for former department professor Dr. William Baricos, who retired in 2002.  Dr. Baricos presented a lecture entitled “A quack, a queen and a trip around the moon”, featuring some of our more interesting and colorful chairs from the past.

Following retirement Dr. Baricos researched and wrote Biochemistry at Tulane Medical School: 1834-2010.  This informative history spans the early years of the university, then know as the Medical College of Louisiana.

In addition to the lecture, department chair Dr. Hua Lu provided a review of 2018, giving statistics for the year and many of the highlights, such as the annual retreat and accomplishments in the department.

Over 100 guests attended this year’s annual event and partook of luncheon fare from Cottage Catering, including a “TU” shaped King cake in Tulane colors.



Special Lifetime Recognition

Congratulations to Dr. Hua Lu, Professor and Chair in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, AAAS Honors Accomplished Scientist as a 2018 Elected Fellow.  The American Association for the Advancement in Science has bestowed upon 416 of its members the lifetime honor of being elected a Fellow in recognition of their extraordinary achievements in advancing science.

On November 27th the Fellows announced that honorees will be recognized at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, during a Fellows Forum on February 16th.  At that time they will be presented with an official certificate and the AAAS Fellows’ gold and blue rosette pin, the colors which represent their respective fields of science or engineering.



Jill Barbay receives President’s Staff Excellence Award

Congratulations to Senior Department Administrator Jill Barbay, winner of the Tulane President’s Staff Excellence Award for 2018.  The award was presented by Tulane President Michael Fitts in Jill’s office at the School of Medicine.

The President’s Staff Excellence Awards are bestowed every year to top University staff employees who best represent high achievement in their contributions to the University.  Those nominated will have achieved outstanding success in one or more of the following areas: Increased Productivity, Cost Savings, Enhanced Objectives, and Humanitarianism.



Publications, September 1st, 2018 - December 31st, 2018

The below list represents publications by faculty for the period September 1st-December 31st, 2018. 

Blake, Diane, PhD

Quesada-González, D., Jairo, G.A., Blake, R.C. 2nd, Blake, D.A., and Merkoçi, A. (2018) Uranium (VI) detection in groundwater using a gold nanoparticle/paper-based lateral flow device.  Sci Rep. 2018 Nov 1;8(1):16157. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-34610-5

Sahiner, N., Sagbas, S., Sahiner, M., Blake, D,A., and Reed, W.F.  (2018) Polydopamine particles as nontoxic, blood compatible, antioxidant and drug delivery materials.  Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces.  2018 Sep 11;172:618-626. doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2018.09.019. [Epub ahead of print]

Sahiner, M., Sahiner, N., Sagbas. S., Fullerton, M.L., and Blake, D.A. (2018) Fabrication of biodegradable poly(naringin) particles with antioxidant activity and low toxicity. ACS Omega, in press.


Jackson, James, PhD; Niu, Tianhua, PhD

Ungerleider, N.A., Rao, S.G., Shahbandi, A., Yee, D., Niu, T., Frey,  W.D., Jackson, J.G. (2018)  Breast cancer survival predicted by TP53 mutation status differs markedly depending on treatment.  Breast Cancer Res. 2018 Oct 1;20(1):115. doi: 10.1186/s13058-018-1044-5.

Shahbandi, A. and Jackson, J.G. (2018) Analysis across multiple tumor types provides no evidence that mutant p53 exerts dominant negative activity.   NPJ Precision Oncology, in press.


Liu, Hong, PhD

Hu, L., Huang, H., Hei, M., Yang, Y., Li, S., Liu, Y., Dou, Z., Wu, M., Li, J., Wang, G.Z., Yao, X., Liu, H., He, X., and Tian W. (2018) Structural analysis of fungal CENP-H/I/K homologs reveals a conserved assembly mechanism underlying proper chromosome alignment. Nucleic Acids Res. 2018 Nov 8. doi: 10.1093/nar/gky1108. [Epub ahead of print]


Lu, Hua, MB, PhD

Lu, H. (2018) New players critical for breast cancer.  J Mol Cell Biol. 2018 Aug 1;10(4):271-272. doi: 10.1093/jmcb/mjy046.

Wang, H., Liao, P., Zeng, S.X., and Lu, H. (2018). It takes a team: Gain- of-function Story of p53-R249S. JMCB, in press.


Machado, Heather, PhD

Nelson, A.C., Machado, H.L., and Schwertfeger, K.L. (2018) Breaking through to the Other Side: Microenvironment Contributions to DCIS Initiation and Progression. J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia. 2018 Aug 31. doi: 10.1007/s10911-018-9409-z. [Epub ahead of print] Review.

Behbod, F., Gomes, A.M., and Machado, H.L.(2018) Modeling Human Ductal Carcinoma In Situ in the Mouse.  J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia. 2018 Aug 25. doi: 10.1007/s10911-018-9408-0. [Epub ahead of print].




Congratulations to Dr. Hong Liu, recipient of an Outstanding Achievement in Receiving a First R01 Award, at the SOM Faculty Retreat, Audubon Tea Room, October 30th, 2018.

Congratulations to Shantanu Guha, who won Best Overall Presentation at the Annual BMS Retreat, held at the Audubon Tea Room, October 26th, 2018.

Congratulations to Zane Gray, Research Tech in the Machado Lab, accepted to Tulane School of Medicine.




Congratulations to the following members of the department who are celebrating milestone anniversaries at Tulane.

Diane Blake, PhD
25 Years

Gilbert Estrada
25 Years

Samuel Landry, PhD
25 Years

William Wimley, PhD
20 Years