Latest News from MGM


Congratulations to post-doctoral fellow Amira Zine El Abidine (Ozbun Lab; left) and graduate student Ashvini Vaidya (Chackerian Lab; right) for winning the MGM best Work-in-Progress presentation awards for 2019-2020. (August)

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MGM welcomes our newest faculty members, Dr. Jing Pu and Dr. Alison Kell

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MGM faculty David Peabody and Bryce Chackerian were named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (December)

Congratulations to post-doctoral fellow Aurore Claude-Taupin (Deretic Lab) and graduate student Eric Small (Osley Lab) for winning the MGM best Work-in-Progress presentation awards for 2018-2019. (September)

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Congratulation to graduate student Camden Bair (in the MGM-associated Kajon laboratory), who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled, "Intratypic Genetic Variability of Human Adenovirus type 4: Implication for Pathogenesis". (July)

Dr. Kiran Bhaskar's work to develop a vaccine for tauopathies, including Alzheimer's Disease, was published in npj Vaccines and featured by many media outlets, including Salon and CBS News. This work was partially funded by an intradepartmental pilot grant to Dr. Bhaskar and Dr. Bryce Chackerian from MGM. (June)

Hear Dr. Kathryn Frietze's interviews on Arizona public radio and KKOB and watch her on KOB TV describing her efforts to develop opioid vaccines with the support of a $250,000 grant from the NIH.  (June)

Congratulations to graduate students Jesse Young (Ozbun laboratory), Amanda Collar (Frietze laboratory), and Alexandra Fowler (Chackerian laboratory) for being awarded Stephanie Ruby Pre-doctoral travel grants.  (May)

Janie Byrum from the Cannon laboratory successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis, entitled "Determining mediators of naive T cell motility and dendritic cell association in the lymph node". (April)

Dr. Suresh Kumar was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor in the department. (March)


Dr. Vojo Deretic was awarded a prestigious NIH MERIT award.

Congratulations to Nicole Maphis (graduate student, Bhaskar laboratory) and Dr. Shanya Jiang (post-doctoral fellow, Bhaskar laboratory) for receiving the best presentation awards for the 2017-18 MGM works-in-progress seminar series.

Handong Zheng from the Yang laboratory successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, entitled "Regulations of Pathogenic CD4 T helper Lymphocytes in Inflammatory Diseases".

Congratulations to Dr. Kiran Bhaskar who was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure!

Associate Professor Dr. Judy Cannon was selected as a 2018 Women in STEM awardee. 

Assistant Professor Dr. Kathryn Frietze was named a KL2 scholar by the UNM CTSC.

Learn more about Dr. Michelle Ozbun's efforts to dissect the mechanisms of Human Papillomavirus infection here and here.


The National Institutes of Health awarded the UNM HSC a 5-year, $11 million grant to establish a center dedicated to the study of autophagy.  The AIM Center for Autophagy, Inflammation and Metabolism in Disease is funded as a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence and is led by MGM Chair Dr. Vojo Deretic.  For more details please see here.

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Congratulations to Adrian Luna (graduate student, Ozbun laboratory) and Dr. Naomi Lee (post-doctoral fellow, Chackerian laboratory) for receiving the best presentation awards for the 2016-17 MGM works-in-progress seminar series.

Congratulations to Jessica Binder (Bhaskar laboratory) and Janie Byrum (Cannon laboratory) for being awarded Stephanie Ruby graduate student travel awards from MGM.

The National Institute on Aging awarded a new 5-year R01 award to Dr. Mary Ann Osley.

Dr. Michelle Ozbun was awarded a new 5-year R01 award from the National Cancer Institute to study the mechanisms of Human Papillomavirus infection.

Dr. Judy Cannon received the Outstanding Mentor award at the 2017 Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program research day.

Two MGM Professors, Dr. David Peabody and Dr. Bryce Chackerian, have been selected to receive the STC.UNM 2017 Innovation Fellow Award

Congratulations to Dr. Eliseo Castillo.  Dr. Castillo, a former research assistant professor in MGM, has been hired as a tenure-track investigator through the UNM CTSC KL2 scholars program.