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Smith Lab News

New Post-doctoral Researcher:

We say a sad goodbye to Dr. Huifang Sun, who is currently a medical resident at St. Barnabas Hospital in New Jersey, and offer a warm welcome Dr. Jerry "Dave" Monroe to the Smith Lab.  Dave received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and examined the role of phosphatases in the regulation of axonal and dendritic development.   He will be applying techniques that he learned doing his dissertation research to better understand the process of hair cell death and regeneration in the zebrafish inner ear.

Lab Awards:

Mackenzie Perkins and Dr. Smith were awarded a FUSE (Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement) award for the 2012-13 academic year.  For her Honors thesis, Mackenzie examined whether growth hormone can mitigate sound-induced hearing loss in zebrafish.  Congratulations to Mackenzie for successfully defending her Honors Thesis and graduating with Honors in May.

Dr. Smith was awarded the Odgen College of Science and Engineering Faculty Research Award for 2012.

Amy Ni received the best poster presentation award in the Natural Sciences poster session of the
2013 WKU Student Research Conference.  Her poster was entitled "Effects of growth hormone antagonist on zebrafish auditory hair cell regeneration".



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