Promotion and Tenure

Congratulations to Drs. Catherine Morgans and Francis Valiyaveetil on their promotion to full professor, in the Department of Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry.

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Cohen on receiving indefinite tenure, in the Department of Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry,

Welcome new faculty

Kimberley Beatty headshot

Kimberly E. Beatty, Ph.D. - The Beatty group applies novel chemical tools and technologies towards illuminating human diseases.  When Dr. Beatty started her group at OHSU in 2012, she decided that her focus would be on using innovative and creative approaches to identify and investigate the molecular basis of human diseases, including tuberculosis (TB) and breast cancer. 

Neutrophil Extracellular Traps Research in C&EN

Research by Dr. Carsten Schultz and colleagues on proteases decorating neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) was recently reported on in Chemical & Engineering News, titled Fluorescent dyes light up immune cells’ DNA traps. The research was published in the Journal of American Chemical Society.

CPB faculty receive the 2020 Circle of Giving award

Drs. Martin Kelly and Oline Ronnekleiv recently received a Circle of Giving award for their Obesity and Alzheimer’s research.  While hormone replacement therapies can be effective in protecting women against Alzheimer’s disease, they are also associated with increased risk of cancer or blot clots. Martin’s and Oline’s labs have developed an estrogenic compound, known as STX, that targets the brain but doesn’t cause side effects in other body systems. With Circle of Giving funding, the researchers will test whether STX protects the function of “Kisspeptin” neurons in the brain, that regulate things including appetite and metabolism.  Read more about their research here.

Kelsie Rodriguez receives the IRACDA fellowship at UCSC/CSUMB

Kelsie Rodriguez, PhD student in the Cohen Lab, recently received a postdoctoral fellowship in the IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award) program at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) and California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB).  The goal of this program is to prepare postdocs with the foundation for a successful career in academia by providing rigorous research training in the field of Stem Cell Biology and by imparting mentoring skills that promote inclusive learning environments.  Kelsie is on-track to graduate in January 2021, then off to start her 4-year post-doc fellowship.

Highlighted publications

Congratulations to Kelsie Rodriguez, Ph.D. student in the Cohen Lab, on her first-author paper, “Chemical genetics and proteome-wide site mapping reveal cysteine MARylation by PARP-7 on immune-relevant protein targets” published in eLife. 

Congratulations to Scotland (Scotty) Farley, Ph.D. student in the Schultz and Tafesee labs, on her co-first authored paper, "Cross-reactivity of SARS-CoV structural protein antibodies against SARS-CoV-2" published in Cell Reports.

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