Recently, our PI Dr. Mitchell was honored with the Young Faculty Award by Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society. This award is given to rising young professors who are making a mark in their field. At the same time, Dr. Voit, another BME professor, received the Sustained Research Award. These two BME professors winning these awards concurrently shows the impact and recognition that computational tools in Biomedical Engineering have come to receive. We are very proud of Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Voit and are so happy to congratulate them!
We are proud to announce that one of our undergrads, Robert “Trey” Quinn is the recipient of this year’s Google Lime Connect Scholarship. It is sponsored by Google and Lime Connect, which is a nonprofit that supports students with disabilities who are pursuing education and promising careers. This scholarship focuses on undergraduate students with disabilities who are studying computer science. Trey is working in our lab with high school intern Velda Wang on unsupervised machine learning of clinical Alzheimer’s patients. Huge congratulations to Trey for this well-deserved achievement!
By: Elaina Horlander
The course that Dr. Mitchell developed and teaches, Systems Neuropathology & Translational Engineering, made the newly introduced “Teaching Honor Roll” for Fall 2020. The “Teaching Honor Roll” honors forty educators based on how students rate them at the end of each term. In addition to Dr. Mitchell, nine other BME instructors made the list. We are endlessly proud of Dr. Mitchell’s achievements and are always glad when she is acknowledged both for her research and for her instructional work.
Check out more details about the “Teaching Honor Roll” and the other BME instructors who were honored with it at this link: https://bme.gatech.edu/bme/students-rate-bell-huff-jacobson-rains-stubbs-among-techs-best-teachers
By: Elaina Horlander
By: Elaina Horlander
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.
I have recently left the Pathology Dynamics lab at Georgia Tech to pursue a MS degree in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. While I begin this new journey in one of the most famous cities on the planet, I continue to look back in appreciation of the people who helped get me here. My developed talents and skills that I have obtained over the last year are thanks to the amazing mentor-ship of this lab’s PI, Dr. Cassie Mitchell. She believes in pushing those in her lab to meet the potential she sees in them. My gratitude does not stop here, as it was also the amazing members of this lab that helped provide such amazing support to each other whenever there was a problem we needed help with. To everyone, I say thank you. With me gone, a new voice must now take over the website and the wonderful news that this lab produces, though I am sure whoever does will outdo my clumsy sentences and posts. Good luck to everyone in the Pathology Dynamics lab, I look forward to seeing what amazing research you all continue to produce.
A 21 year-old senior at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, Darius has joined our lab through Georgia Tech’s SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) program. He has been tasked with developing and optimizing a database tool for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) to aid in all future approaches to research on this illness. Back at the University of Maryland, Darius spends his free time hiking, analyzing movies and listening to R&B, particularly Anderson Paak. He has already aided the lab tremendously with his work as well as kept us laughing with his humor.