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Jerry Lingrel, PhD

Jerry Lingrel, PhD

Lingrel Interim Chair of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology

Jerry Lingrel, PhD, has accepted the position of interim chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology. Sandra Degen, PhD, has stepped down as interim chair, effective Feb. 10.

As interim chair since August 2011, Degen stabilized the faculty and administration of the department after the departure of the previous chair, Malak Kotb, PhD. She will continue her leadership roles as associate chair for academic affairs in the UC Department of Pediatric.

Lingrel served as chair of molecular genetics from 1981 until 2008. In his returning role, he will work with the faculty to create a structure that aligns with the research missions of the college and UC Health while embracing collaborative and inter-professional collaboration.

Carolyn Price, PhD

Carolyn Price, PhD

Price Invited to Serve on NIH Study Section

Carolyn Price, PhD, professor of cancer and cell biology, has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Molecular Genetics A Section, Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her term runs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2018.

Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board and survey the status of research in their fields of science.

Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

UC Faculty Inventors

UC Faculty Inventors

2013 UC Inventors Honored

UC's Office of Research and the Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization recognized 2013 patent recipients during the Feb. 6 men's basketball game.

Honorees from the College of Medicine were:

  • Steve Boyce, PhD, professor of burn research, for "Surgical device for skin therapy testing.”
  • Dan Hassett, PhD, professor of molecular genetics, for "Methods for treating bacterial respiratory tract infections in an individual using acidified nitrite,” and "Microbial fuel cell.”
  • Keith Jones, PhD, professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics, for "Oligonucleotide decoys and methods of use.”
  • Litsa Kranias, PhD, professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics, for "G-protein coupled receptor kinase-5 polymorphism.”
  • Grace LeMasters, PhD, professor emerita of environmental health, and James Lockey, MD, professor emeritus of environmental health, for "Continuous droplet generator devices and methods.”
  • Erik Nelson, MD, adjunct associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, and Floyd Sallee, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, for "Treatment methods employing histamine H3 receptor antagonists, including betahistine.”
Neil MacKinnon, PhD

Neil MacKinnon, PhD

Third Diversity and Inclusion Seminar Feb. 18

The third seminar in the February speaker series "Diversity and Inclusion: Education, Collaboration and Transformation,” will be held at noon Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Kresge Auditorium

This series of talks is hosted by the deans of UC Academic Health Center’s four health colleges and features different speakers each week.

This seminar will be hosted by Neil MacKinnon, PhD, dean, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Talks include:

  • "Health Disparities,” presented Stephen Wilson, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Physician, MercyHealth.
  • "Culture and Environment,” presented by James Page, vice president, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Light snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Kelly Lyle at 513-558-7424 or

Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center Building S

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Special Ethics Seminar Feb. 18

The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Ethics Center and CCTST will offer a special seminar from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Cincinnati Children's Research Auditorium, 3381 Location R.

Ayesha Ahmad, PhD, from the University College of London Medical School, will present, "Connecting cultures during the doctor-patient relationship: Issues of gender and religion.”

Registration is not required. To reach the research auditorium, use the main entrance of Location S directly across Albert Sabin Way from the College of Medicine, take the elevator to the third floor and follow the signs.

For more information, email Ethics Center Director Armand Antommaria, MD, PhD or call 513- 636-3656.

Mark Pauly, PhD

Mark Pauly, PhD

CCTST Grand Rounds on ACA Impact Feb. 21

The next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Grand Rounds will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Laboratory Complex.

Mark Pauly, PhD, will discuss, "Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Health Care Systems." Pauly is Bendheim Professor of Health Care Management Department, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

He will describe the potential impacts of health reform on health insurance and Medicare payment, analyze what those changes might mean to physicians and health care providers and enumerate potential changes in the law that might alter or mitigate its effects.

CCTST Grand Rounds are free and open to the public. Continuing education credits are available. Lunch is available to CCTST members (join free of charge). Send reservations to Elizabeth Heubi by Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Hoxworth Blood Center

Hoxworth Building

Advanced Heart Failure Treatment Center Opening Feb. 28

The UC Health Advanced Heart Failure Treatment Center will host a grand opening from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Hoxworth Building, 3130 Highland Ave., third floor. The opening will include tours and refreshments with a speaking program at 1:30 p.m.

The facility includes new ECP Therapy, CPX Testing Echo Capabilities, and ultrafiltration procedures as well as new clinical spaces.

RSVP to 513-584-7217 or

Procter Hall

College of Nursing

UC Hosts National Telehealth Conference March 20-21

The College of Nursing will host the National Telehealth Conference March 20-21.

The conference will include six specialized tracks each day aimed at providing telehealth experiential learning for health care providers, administrators and faculty. Speakers include UC faculty, UC Health clinicians and administrators and outside experts.

The keynote address, "State of Telehealth Across the U.S. and Beyond the Borders,” will be given by Charles Doarn, professor of family and community medicine and editor-in-chief of the Telemedicine & e-Health Journal.

Registration is $150 ($125 for UC Health and UC employees) and includes breakfast, lunch, break refreshments and a March 20 evening reception.

For more information, contact Debi Sampsel at 513-558-5305 or

UC Academic Health Center

Upcoming Lectures and Seminars

  • Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology Seminar Feb. 18: Q. Richard Lu, PhD, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will discuss, "Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Glial Cell Differentiation” at noon in MSB 3051.
  • Physiology Seminar Feb. 18: AP Naren, PhD, professor of pediatrics and Thomas Boat Chair in Cystic Fibrosis Research, will discuss, "The CFTR-interactome in health and disease," at 4 p.m. in MSB 4051.
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Grand Rounds Feb. 19: Craig Buchman, MD, will discuss, "Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder," at 7 a.m. in MSB E-351.
  • Environmental Health Seminar Feb. 19: Ardythe Morrow, PhD, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Human Milk and Lactation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will discuss, "The Microbiome of Preterm Infants and Outcomes for a Lifetime,” at 10 a.m. in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • Medical Grand Rounds Feb. 19: Patricia Joseph, MD, will be the featured speaker at noon in MSB E-351.
  • Cancer Biology Seminar Feb. 20: Xuejun Jiang, PhD, professor of cell biology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Cornell University, will present, "Gene Regulatory Networks and Chromatin Dynamics Orchestrating Cellular Differentiation Programs within the Immune System,” at noon in Rieveschl Auditorium, Vontz Center.
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Seminar Feb. 20: Eileen Alexander, MS, PhD candidate in statistical genetics, will discuss, "Methylation in Core Facility," at noon in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab.
  • Neuroscience Seminar Feb. 20: Christine DiDonato, PhD, Northwestern University School of Medicine, will discuss, "Motor neuron degeneration in spinal muscular atrophy: defining molecular mechanisms and developing therapies," at 4 p.m. in MSB 5051.
  • Dean's Distinguished Cardiovascular Seminar Feb. 24 (rescheduled from Jan. 27): Mukesh Jain, MD, Ellery Sedgwick Chair & Distinguished Scientist at Case Western Reserve University, will present, "Kruppels – Essential Regulators of Metainflammation,” at noon in MSB 3351.
  • The Inaugural Leon Goldman Endowed Lecture in Dermatology Feb. 27: Lawrence Gibson, MD, professor of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic, will present, "Leon Goldman: Illuminating the Way Through Labor, Love, Humor and Humility,” at 10 a.m. in the Hoxworth Building, Heaton Conference Center, Room G344.


In the item, "Doarn Speaking Abroad in Russia, Belgium,” in the Feb. 10 issue of Dean’s List, Charles Doarn was incorrectly listed as a research professor of public health sciences and biomedical engineering. He is currently a professor of family and community medicine.

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