We are proud to announce our March Lab Member of the Month: Jamie Hernandez Kluesner! Jamie is an integral part of the Alzheimer’s team. This semester, she and her team are performing statistical analysis on papers that they have curated in order to see which mutations in mice are most similar to humans to “streamline the treatment process for patients.” Her nominators had these praises for her: “she’s always in the lab so late” and “she works really hard, especially with the new project she has.” Outside of her lab involvement, Jamie is also involved in Student Center Operations. She is also Pre-Med and has been preparing for grad school. We are so glad to have Jamie in the lab, and thank her for all of the hard work she’s done!
In January 2020, an article titled “Associations of Patient Mood, Modulators of Quality of Life, and Pharmaceuticals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Survival Duration” was published in the Behavioral Sciences journal. Leila Bond, one of our hardworking undergrads, is the first author of this paper, which marks her third first-author publication. This is an impressive accomplishment for an undergrad, and all of us in the lab are extremely proud of her. This paper is about the association between the modulators of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients’ quality of life and their survival duration. It has received recognition from the amount of “hits” that it has received since publication, meaning that it has been read many times in this short period. We are proud of Leila’s previous achievements and are excited to see the amazing things that she will surely be a part of in her future.
The President’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) is an award that funds student salaries for conducting undergraduate research with Georgia Tech faculty and assists in travel expenses related to professional conferences at which students present their research. Our own Brandon White received the PURA salary fellowship for Spring of 2020. Brandon joined the lab in Spring of 2019 as a G93A Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) curator and apprenticed with the Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) team. In Summer 2019, he became a full CML team member while continuing G93A curation and helping with the CML Meta-Analysis project. In Fall of 2019, he worked on QC for the ALS and CML teams before beginning to lay the groundwork for his new Acute Leukemia (AL) project and submitting his PURA application.
The American Neurological Association (ANA) is an organization which is comprised of the top academic neurologists and neuroscientists from across the country. At the ANA’s Annual Meeting, these academics share and discuss the latest research and breakthroughs related to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis, etc. The Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award is one of the awards that the ANA gives out at the Annual Meeting. The 2019 Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award went to our own Cassie S. Mitchell, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology. We are very proud of her, and are excited to see her hard work being nationally recognized.