American Heart Association Beginning Grant-in-Aid

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Liza Makowski, assistant professor of Nutrition, received an American Heart Association Beginning Grant-in-Aid entitled “The Role of Macrophage Substrate Metabolism in Atherosclerosis.”  The grant will fund two years of research for a total of $77,000 per year.

McAllister Heart Institute Grant

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Dr. Liza Makowski, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, received a research grant from the McAllister Heart Institute – UNC Cardiology grant program for a $20,000 grant to pursue a project examining the role of Mφ substrate metabolism in the promotion of inflammation and atherogenesis.

The Mary Kay Foundation Grant

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Dr. Liza Makowski, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, received a research grant from The Mary Kay Foundation 2013 for $100,000 over two years to study obesity and basal-like breast cancer.

Sabin Family Travel Grant

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Yuanyuan Qin, doctoral graduate student in the Makowski lab was awarded a $1,000 Sabin Family Travel Grant from the UNC McAllister Heart Institute to attend the 2013 FASEB-ASN meeting where she was invited to orally present her project on lipid metabolism in macrophages.

Congrats to Megan Huang on receiving summer SURF!

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Megan Huang, a Bachelors in Science in Public Health (BSPH) undergrad in Liza Makowski’s lab, was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) to fund summer research on the role of metabolism in macrophage biology.

Amy Johnson, Ph.D, wins postdoc talk competition!

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Amy Johnson, Ph.D. won the postdoc talk competition at the 2013 McAllister Heart Institute/Intravascular Biology symposium at UNC March 12, 2013. Yuanyuan Qin, 3rd year graduate student in the Makowski lab, presented a poster. http://www.med.unc.edu/mhi

McAllister Heart Institute/Intravascular Biology Symposium

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Dr. Amy Johnson, postdoctoral fellow in the Makowski lab, was invited to present her work in a short presentation entitled “The manipulation of macrophage glucose metabolism alters inflammatory response”at the McAllister Heart Institute/Intravascular Biology Symposium March 12, 2013. Link to event here.

DOD grant awarded!

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Dr. Liza Makowski is co-investigator on a grant for $249,995 awarded to principle investigator and collaborator Dr. Vickie Bae-Jump (OB-Gyn, UNC) for a project entitled “Obesity exposure across the lifespan on Ovarian Cancer.” This is the second DOD grant awarded to Dr. Bae-Jump where Dr. Makowski serves as co-PI. Announcement HERE.

Yuanyuan Qin selected to present abstract

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Yuanyuan Qin, doctoral candidate in the Makowski Lab, was selected to present her abstract as an oral presentation entitled “Fatty acid transport protein 1 mediates macrophage eicosanoid metabolism” at the FASEB ASN meeting in Boston on April 23, 2013 at 4pm. EB 2013 Boston.

Keystone Metabolic Control of Inflammation, Breckenridge, CO 2013

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Photo from Keystone Metabolic Control of Inflammation, Breckenridge, CO 2013 Ebru Erbay, currently at Bilkent University in Turkey (http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/index.html), and Liza trained together at Harvard School of Public Health in the lab of Gokhan Hotamisligil (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/gsh-lab/). Pictured with Ebru’s family.