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Dr. Daniel Knowles Receives Distinguished Service Award

Daniel M Knowles, MD
Chairman of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Knowles for being selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award of the Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association of the University of Chicago.  It is an award that recognizes alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the Division of the Biological Sciences and to the University of Chicago by demonstrating outstanding leadership in-and making significant contributions to- the biological sciences or medicine through research, clinical care, health service administration, public and professional service, or civic duties.

This selection was made by the Alumni Awards Committee, a committee comprised of fellow alumni of the Medical School and the Division of the Biological Sciences.

Dr. Rhonda Yantiss Receives GIPS Jack Yardley Investigator Award

Rhonda Yantiss, MD
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Congratulations to Rhonda Yantiss, MD on receiving the GIPS Jack Yardley Investigator Award, which recognizes seminal contributions or a significant body of published work that advances the field of gastrointestinal pathology.

This award was presented on March 18, 2018 at the annual USCAP meeting, held in Vancouver, Canada.

Q & A with Dr. Selina Chen-Kiang

Selina Chen-Kiang, PhD Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Selina Chen-Kiang, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Cornell Medicine, was recently awarded a $2.5 million Mantle Cell Lymphoma Research Initiative Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for her cutting-edge research on blood cancer.

How did you get interested in your field of research?

After completing my PhD in human genetics at Columbia, I asked my thesis advisor, Sid Udenfriend, how to proceed with my scientific career. He said, “It depends if you want to be a team player or you want to be a virtuosa.” I replied, “I only live once, I want to be a virtuosa.” So, his advice was to think of something new to do and just be fearless. I was trained in protein chemistry and enzymology, but I realized biology was my real interest.

After a postdoc in Jim Darnell’s lab at the Rockefeller University studying how gene expression was controlled, I started my own lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a faculty member of Weill Cornell Medicine and reassessed my interests again. I realized that I was fascinated by the immune system; it is exquisitely controlled and I wanted to understand how it kept itself in balance, a concept known as homeostasis. When immune system homeostasis is lost and blood cells divide uncontrollably, you end up with leukemia, lymphoma or multiple myeloma.

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