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Reginato Lab News

Lorela Ciraku
PhD Candidate, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program

Lorela was chosen for a short talk to present her research at the Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars 2020 Conference. Her talk was titled “O-GlcNAc Transferase Regulates Glioblastoma Acetate Metabolism via Regulation of CDK5-dependent ACSS2 phosphorylation.”

Lorela received the 2019-2020 Dean’s Fellowship for Excellence in Collaborative or Themed Research, Drexel University College of Medicine, for her research titled “Targeting CDK5/ACSS2 Axis Using Novel Glioblastoma Ex Vivo Model.”

Lorela was also chosen for a short talk at the September 2019 Biology of Cancer: Microenvironment & Metastasis Conference in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, to present part of her thesis research, "O-GlcNAc Transferase Regulates Glioblastoma Acetate Metabolism via Regulation of CDK5-dependent ACSS2 phosphorylation.”

Lorela Ciraku, Reginato Lab member, at a podium

Neha Akella, PhD
Biochemistry Graduate Program, 2013-2019

Neha recently defended her thesis, "The Role of O-GlcNAc Transferase and O-GlcNAcylation in Regulation of Breast Cancer Stemness and Tumor Initiation."

Neha Akella, Reginato Lab Member

Jing Ju, MS
Cancer Biology Graduate Program, 2017-2019

Jing recently defended his thesis, "Role of ACSS2-Ser267 Phosphorylation in Glioblastoma Cells."

Jing Ju, MS: Reginato Lab Member

Neha Akella
PhD candidate, Biochemistry Program

Neha Akella received first prize for Best Poster at the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center Breast Cancer Symposium in November 2018. Neha’s poster was entitled "O-GlcNAc transferase regulates breast cancer tumor-initiating cells." Neha received a Chromebook for first prize.

Neha Akella, Reginato Lab Member

Dr. Reginato Speaks in Chile

Dr. Reginato gave a talk entitled “Breast Cancer: Current Status and Future Promise” at 2nd Seminar on Cancer Update at University of Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile in October 2018.

Neha Akella, Reginato Lab Member


Progress and Promise Against Cancer Phone Bank

Dr. Reginato participated in the NBC10-American Association of Cancer Research Progress and Promise Against Cancer Phone Bank where he helped answer questions from Philadelphia-area residents about the fight against cancer.

Drexel Reginato Lab - Progress and Promise Against Cancer Phone Bank

Lorela Ciraku
PhD Candidate, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program

Lorela received 3rd Prize for Best Senior Graduate Student Poster presentation at Drexel's Discovery Day 2018. Lorela's poster was entitled "The essential role of O-GlcNAc transferase in intestinal homeostasis."

Drexel Reginato Lab - Lorela Ciraku wins award at Discovery Day 2018.

Kelly Whelan, PhD
Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program (2011)

Kelly, a former Reginato Lab PhD student, was a Discovery Day 2018 Platform Presentation Judge and was recently profiled by the the Graduate School.

Drexel Reginato Lab - Kelly Whelan, platform presentation judge at Discovery Day 2018.

Neha Akella
PhD candidate, Biochemistry Program

Neha was chosen for a short talk platform presentation at Biology of Cancer: Microenvironment & Metastasis meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Labs, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, October 2017, to present her thesis research entitled "O-GlcNAc transferase regulates breast cancer tumor-initiating cells."

Neha Akella, Reginato Lab Member

Zachary Bacigalupa, PhD
Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program (2013-2018)

Zach recently defended his thesis titled: Role of O-GlcNAc transferase in glioblastoma growth and acetate metabolism and in tissue homeostasis. Zach is starting a Post-doctoral Fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Rathmell, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Zachary Bacigalupa, Reginato Lab Member

Rusia Lee, MS
Cancer Biology Program (2016-2018)

Rusia recently defended her thesis and will be starting in fall of 2018 as PhD Candidate, Program in Biology, City College of New York, New York.

Rusia Lee, MS, Reginato Lab Member

Tong Lu, MS
Cancer Biology Program (2014-2016)

Tong will be starting in Fall 2018 as PhD candidate, Biomedical Sciences program, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Tong Lu, MS, Reginato Lab Member

Dimpi Mukhopadhyay, MS
Cancer Biology Program (2015-2017)

Dimpi will be starting in fall of 2018 as PhD Candidate in the Molecular Medicine & Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Dimpi Mukhopadhyay, MS, Reginato Lab Member

Kelly Whelan, PhD
Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program (2011)

Kelly, former Reginato Lab PhD student, recently became an assistant professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Fels Institute of Cancer Research and Molecular Biology, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine.

Kelly Whelan, PhD, Reginato Lab Member

 
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Research photos from the Reginato Lab at Drexel University College of Medicine