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JESSICA GUILLAUME ATTENDING UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRITZKER SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

May 14, 2019

Jess Guillaume, former Research Assistant in the lab, will be pursuing her M.D. at University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine.  She was accepted at several prestigious medical schools, but ultimately selected the University of Chicago given the school's close integration of science and clinical medicine.  Jess will join the University of Chicago in August 2019.

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JEFF TO PRESENT AT INTERNATIONAL TUBEROUS SCLEROSIS COMPLEX RESEARCH CONFERENCE

May 23, 2019

Jeff has been invited to present at this year’s world TSC research conference in Toronto, Canada.  The conference is from June 20-22, and Jeff will be speaking on June 22 about preclinical models of TSC and evaluating small molecule inhibitors.

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LAB PUBLISHES 2 RESEARCH PAPERS IN THE NEW CELL PRESS JOURNAL, iScience

April 23, 2019

The lab has authored two recent papers providing insights for targeting autophagy in cancer.  The first publication, titled “A Potent and Selective ULK1 Inhibitor Suppresses Autophagy and Sensitizes Cancer Cells to Nutrient Stress” was published online September 19, 2018.  The second publication is titled “Identification of Kinases Responsible for p53- Dependent Autophagy” and is available online today.  Both articles are published in the new Cell Press journal, iScience – an interdisciplinary open access journal. 

LISETTE YCO, M.S. SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS MASTER’S THESIS

April 11, 2019

Lisette Yco joined the MacKeigan Lab in 2016 as a graduate student and studied the therapeutic potential of targeting autophagy in non-small cell lung cancer.  She has successfully defended her thesis and earned a Master’s degree in Physiology from Michigan State University.  Lisette will now be pursuing a research career on the West Coast.

DR. LAURA WESTRATE JOINS CALVIN COLLEGE FACULTY

August 20, 2018

Lab alumna, Laura Westrate, has returned to West Michigan after completing her postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Gia Voeltz at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Laura begins as an Assistant Professor at Calvin College this month.  During her time in the Voeltz Lab, Laura co-authored a Nature publication and was awarded a prestigious F32 fellowship award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

ABBEY SOLITRO BEGINS FACULTY POSITION AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

August 1, 2018

After concluding her dissertation research in the MacKeigan Lab and earning her Ph.D., Abbey has joined the faculty at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Liberty enrollment exceeds 100,000 and the university offers 600+ programs.

JEFF SPEAKS AT CALVIN COLLEGE FOR 1ST ANNUAL RARE DISEASE SYMPOSIUM

March 3, 2018

In honor of Rare Disease Day, Calvin College hosted a symposium for students, community members, and rare disease patients.  During this half day meeting, Jeff shared the lab's current work on tuberous sclerosis complex - a rare disease affecting ~50,000 Americans.

LAB MOVES TO NEW MSU COLLEGE OF HUMAN MEDICINE GRAND RAPIDS RESEARCH CENTER

November 22, 2017

The MacKeigan Lab has officially moved into the new GRRC building at 400 Monroe NW.  We're excited to join MSU's College of Human Medicine and contribute to the CHM's goal of positively impacting human health.  SPARTANS WILL.

Jeff MacKeigan MSURx Talk

October 20, 2017

Jeff was included as one of this year's MSURx speakers, giving alumni and community members insights into cancer research.  In "A Bold Guess into Cancer's Complexity" Jeff describes one of the lab's innovative projects and shares his own personal story.

June 30, 2017

Katie's recent TSC genomic landscape study published in Nature Communications featured on MSU Today.

June 15, 2017

The lab has published a comprehensive genomics study of TSC.  TSC is caused by mutations in the TSC1 and TSC2 genes, which suppress tumor growth.  When these genes are mutated, tumors form in major organs causing clinical complications such as epilepsy and renal failure.

May 1, 2017

After eleven years at Van Andel Research Institute, the lab will be moving to Michigan State University's new Grand Rapids Research Center.

November 4, 2016

Jeff and Caryl Sortwell have been collaborating for several years to determine whether fasudil, a drug used to treat cerebral vasospasms, can slow the progression of Parkinson's Disease.  Check out their story on MSU Today.

KRISTIN DITTENHAFER-REED, PH.D. TO JOIN HOPE COLLEGE FACULTY

July 2016

Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab, will be joining Hope College in August as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.  Dr. Dittenhafer-Reed’s lab at Hope will investigate the biochemical mechanisms driving mitochondrial function and metabolism in human health and disease.

VAN ANDEL RESEARCH INSTITUTE AND LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY MODEL COMPLEX CANCER CELL BEHAVIOR

September 14, 2015

NATE LANNING, PH.D. JOINS FACULTY AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY

August 2014

Dr. Nate Lanning has accepted a position at California State University Los Angeles, and will be starting this month as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.  At CSU, Nate’s lab will focus on mapping mitochondrial proteins and functions to human disease.

May 26, 2014

The lab's TSC research is featured on MLive in honor of TSC Awareness Day.

BRENDAN LOOYENGA, PH.D. BEGINS FACULTY POSITION AT CALVIN COLLEGE

August 2013

Dr. Brendan Looyenga, a former Research Scientist in the lab, joins Calvin College this month as an Assistant Professor.  Brendan will be appointed within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry where his research will focus on papillary renal cell carcinoma (RCC), specifically investigating the interaction between these tumor cells and normal cells in the kidney.