Alyssa Cozzo elected into Honorary Public Health Society

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Alyssa Cozzo was elected into the Delta Omega Theta Chapter of the Honorary Public Health Society. Congratulations Alyssa!

Alyssa Cozzo receives the Marci Kramish Cambell Dissertation Award

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Alyssa Cozzo was awarded the 2017 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, which recognizes excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences and includes a $5,000 prize.

Ashley Fuller elected to Royster Society of Fellows

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Ashley Fuller was elected to the Royster Society of Fellows and received the Ross and Charlotte Johnson Family Dissertation Fellowship.

Orravia Zattra wins Outstanding Undergraduate Awards

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Ottavia Zattra is the winner of the  Joseph Edozien Outstanding Undergraduate Award and received the Delta Omega Undergraduate Recognition. Congratulations!

Chris Kartawira goes to state competition NC Science and Engineering Fair

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Chris Kartawira, winner of Region 3b NC Science and Engineering Fair at NCSSM and will go to state competition NC Science and Engineering Fair at Meredith College for a poster entitled “Characterizing the Phenotype of Lean and Obese Bone Marrow-Derived Adipose Tissue Macrophages”

Celebration of Undergraduate Research poster award

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Luma Essaid, a BSPH nutrition major in the Makowski Lab, won a poster award at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research on April 15 for her poster, “Role of a Hepacyte Growth Facor on Obesity-Mediated Basal-like Breast Cancer,”

Luma Essaid (center)
Luma Essaid (center)

Exciting news and recognition for members of the Makowski Lab in 2015

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Alex Freemerman, research associate and Makowski lab manager for 5 years won an award for exceptional service in the Nutrition department- the highest award offered! Congrats to Alex! Maili Lim and Luma Essaid, our BSPH undergrads will graduate with highest honors for their excellent work! Congrats to Luma and Maili! Alyssa Cozzo, first year doctoral student in the Makowski lab won the Ethel J. Coleman Endowed Scholarship in Nutritional Biochemistry for 2014-2015! Congrats Alyssa!

Alex Freemerman
Alex Freemerman
Alyssa Cozzo
Alyssa Cozzo
Luma Essaid
Luma Essaid
Maili Lim
Maili Lim

Ethel J. Coleman Endowed Scholarship in Nutritional Biochemistry

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Makowski Lab doctoral candidate Alyssa Cozzo was selected by the Department of Nutrition as the recipient of the Ethel J. Coleman Endowed Scholarship in Nutritional Biochemistry for 2014-2015.  She was chosen by the nutritional biochemistry division for her strong academic ability and potential to contribute to the field of nutritional biochemistry. Congratulations Alyssa!

UNC BCERP launches website to assess personal breast cancer risk

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The UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) is pleased to announce the official launch of myBCrisk.org. The site features videos of young black survivors, a tool for assessing personal risk factors, and informational resources. Although our target audience is African American women, women of all backgrounds can use this site to learn about breast cancer risk.

UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program website LINK
myBCrisk site LINK

 

Weight loss reversed obesity-induced HGF/c-Met pathway and basal-like breast cancer progression

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Liza Makowski, assistant professor of Nutrition, published “Weight loss reversed obesity-induced HGF/c-Met pathway and basal-like breast cancer progression” in Frontiers in Oncology as part of the research topic focusing on “Obesity: An important driving force behind inflammation, altered immunity and cellular metabolism.” Makowski lab co-authors include lead author Dr. Sneha Sundaram, Trinh L Le, Luma Essaid, Dr. Alex J Freemerman, and Megan J Huang. Other authors include Dr. Melissa A Troester, associate professor of Epidemiology, Joseph A Galanko, Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, as well as Kirk K McNaughton (Department of Cell Biology & Physiology), and Katharine M Bendt and David B Darr of the  Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. http://sph.unc.edu/sph-news/study-in-mice-finds-weight-loss-reduces-progression-of-basal-like-breast-cancer/