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Dr Michael A Menze

Dr Michael A Menze

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Office: 2029 - Life Science
Phone: 217-581-6386
Email: mmenze@eiu.edu
Website: http://ux1.eiu.edu/~mmenze/index.html

Michael Menze's Vita

My research centers around three main questions: how can some animals survive environmental insults such as dehydration, freezing, or lack of oxygen? how to apply strategies used by these animals to improve mammalian cell and tissue storage? how does the mitochondrion integrate into human diseases such as Alzheimer's and diabetes? Prospective undergraduate and graduate students are strongly encouraged to contact me directly to inquire about current research opportunities.

To access manuscripts and publication please see: http://works.bepress.com/michael_menze


Frequently Taught Courses

Molecular and Cellular Biology (BIO 3120)Animal Physiology (BIO 3520)Advanced Molecular Cell Biology (BIO 4751).

Education

Dr. rer. nat.    
Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany (Physiology)
Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany (Molecular Biophysics)
 
Dipl. Biol.        
Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
Major: Zoology (Physiology)
Minors: Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry

Professional Organizations

Biophysical Society, Mitochondrial Physiology Society (MIP), Society of Experimental Biology (SEB), Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), Illinois State Academy of Sciences (ISAS).

Speakers Bureau

For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.

Engaging students in undergraduate research

Research

My laboratory focuses on molecular and mitochondrial physiology in non-model organisms and human disease. 

Selected Publications

Stokich* B., Osgood* Q., Grimm* D., Moorthy* S., Chakraborty N., and Menze M.A. (2014). Cryopreservation of hepatocyte (HepG2) cell monolayers: impact of trehalose. Cryobiology, in revision. 

Bosewell L., Menze M.A., and Hand S.C. (2014). Group 3 LEA proteins from embryos of Artemia franciscana: structural properties and protective abilities during dessication. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, in press. 

Roberts M.E., Crail* J.P., Laffoon* M.M., Fernandez* W., Menze M.A., and Konkle M.E. (2013). Identification of disulfide bond formation between mitoNEET and glutamate dehydrogenase 1. Biochemistry 52 (50): 8969-8971.

Martinez# E., Menze# M.A., and Torres J.J. (2013). Mitochondrial energetics of benthic and pelagic Antarctic teleosts. Marine Biology, 160: 2813-2823. 

Hand S.C., Patil Y., Li S., Charkaborty N., Borcar A., Menze M.A., Bosewell L.C., Moore D., and Toner M. (2013). Diapause and anhydrobiosis in embryos of Artemia franciscana: metabolic depression, LEA proteins, and water stress. Cryobiology and Cryotechnology 59 (1): 41-46.

Marunde* M.A., Samarajeewaa D.A., Anderson J., Li S., Hand S.C., and Menze M.A. (2013).  Improved tolerance to salt and water stress in Drosophila melanogaster cells conferred by late embryogenesis abundant protein. Journal of Insect Physiology 59: 377-386.

Borcar A., Menze M.A., Toner M., Hand S.C. (2013). Metabolic preconditioning of mammalian cells: mimetic agents for hypoxia lack fidelity in promoting phosphorylation of pyruvate dehydrogenase. Cell and Tissue Research. 351 (1): 99-106.

Li S, Chakraborty N, Borcar A, Menze MA, Toner M, Hand SC. (2012). Late embryogenesis abundant proteins protect human hepatoma cells during acute desiccation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 109 (51): 20859-64.

Pobrabsky J.E., Menze M.A., and Hand S.C. (2012). Long-term survival of anoxia despite rapid ATP decline in embryos of the annual killifish Austrofundulus limnaeus. Journal of Experimental Zoology 317 (8):524-32.

Chakraborty N., Menze M.A., Heidi Elmoazzen H., Vu H., Yarmush M.L., Hand S.C., and Toner M. (2012).Trehalose transporter from African chironomid improves desiccation tolerance of Chinese Hamster Ovary cells. Cryobiology 64(2): 91-6.

Chakraborty N., Menze M.A., Malsam J., Aksan A., Hand S.C., and Toner M. (2011). Cryopreservation of spin-dried mammalian cells. PLOS 6 (9):e24916.

Hand S.C., Menze M.A., Borcar A., Patil Y., Covi J.A., Reynolds J. A, and Toner M. (2011). Metabolic Restructuring during Energy-Limited States:  Insights from Artemia franciscana embryos and other animals. Journal of Insect Physiology 57(5): 584-94.

Chang A., Chakraborty N., Elmoazzen H., Menze M.A., Hand S.C., and Toner M. (2011). Spin-drying technique for lyopreservation of mammalian cells. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 39(5): 1582-91.

Hand S.C, Menze M.A., Toner M, Boswell L., and Moore D. (2011). Expression of LEA proteins during water stress: not just for plants anymore. Annual Review in Physiology 17 (73):115-34.

Menze M.A.,Banerjee M., Clavenna M., Liu X.H., Toner M. and Hand S.C. (2010). Metabolic preconditioning of cells with AICAR-riboside: improved cryopreservation and cell-type specific impacts on energetics and proliferation.Cryobiology (61): 79-88.

Menze M.A., Fortner* G., Nag* S,. and Hand S.C.(2010). Mechanisms of apoptosis in Crustacea: what conditions induce versus suppress cell death? Apoptosis 15 (3): 293-313.

Menze M.A.,and Hand S.C. (2009). How do animal mitochondria tolerate water stress? Commun. Integr. Biol. 2 (5): 428-430.

Menze M.A., Boswell L., Toner M. and Hand S.C. (2009). Occurrence of mitochondrial-targeted late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) gene in animals increases organelle resistance to water stress. J. Biol. Chem. 284 (16): 10714-10719.

Bauer A., Menze M.A., and Grieshaber M.K. (2009).Thermodynamics of effector binding to hemocyanin: influence of temperature. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 483 (1): 37-44.

He X., Fowler A., Menze M.A., Hand S.C. and Toner M. (2008). Desiccation kinetics and bio-thermodynamics of glass forming trehalose solutions in thin films. Ann. Biomed. Eng.36: 1428-39.

Hand S.C. and Menze M.A. (2008). Preservation of cells using reversible pore formation. United States Patent 7314755.

Hand S.C and Menze M.A. (2008). Mitochondria under energy-limited states: mechanism that blunt the signaling of cell death. J. Exp. Biol.211: 1829-1840.

Menze M.A.and Hand S.C. (2007). Caspase activity during cell stasis: avoidance of apoptosis in an invertebrate extremophile, Artemia franciscanaAm. J. Physiol. Regul. Integr. Comp. Physiol. 292: R2039-R2047.

Menze M.A.Perspectives in Zoophysiology. In: Höhepunkte der Zoologischen Forschung, edited by  Waegele J.W., Basilisken-Press, Marburg, 2007, pp. 243-249.

Hand S.C. and Menze M.A. Desiccation stress. In: Encyclopedia of tide pools and rocky shores, edited by Denny M.W. and Gaines S.D., University of California Press, Berkeley, 2007, pp. 173-177.

Hand S.C, Jones D., Menze M.A. and Witt T.L. (2007). Life without water: expression of plant LEA genes by an anhydrobiotic arthropod. J. Exp. Zool. 307 (A): 62–66.

Elliott G., CusickJ., Liu X.H.,Menze M.A., Vincent* J., Witt T., Hand S. and Toner M. (2006). Trehalose uptake through P2X7 purinergic channels provides desiccation protection. Cryobiology 52 (1): 114-127.

Buchanan S.S., Menze M.A., Hand S.C., Pyatt D.W. and Carpenter J. (2005). Cryopreservation of human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells loaded with trehalose: transient permeabilization via the adenosine triphosphate-dependent P2Z receptor channel. Cell Preservation Technology 3 (4): 212-222.

Liu X.H., Akasan A., Menze M.A., Hand S.C. and Toner M. (2005). Trehalose loading through the mitochondrial permeability transition pore enhances desiccation tolerance in rat liver mitochondria. Biochim. Biophys. Acta.1717 (1): 21–26.

Menze M.A., Hellmann N., Decker H. and Grieshaber M.K. (2005). Allosteric models for multimeric proteins: Oxygen-linked effector binding in hemocyanin. Biochemistry 44 (30):10328-10338.

Menze M.A., Hutchinson K., Laborde S.M. and Hand S.C. (2005). Mitochondrial permeability transition in the crustacean Artemia franciscana: Absence of a Ca2+-regulated pore in the face of profound calcium storage. Am. J. Physiol. Regul. Integr. Comp. Physiol.289 (1): R68-R76.

Menze M.A., Clavenna M. and Hand S.C. (2005)Depression of cell metabolism and proliferation by membrane permeable and impermeable modulators: Role for AMP:ATP ratio. Am. J. Physiol. Regul. Integr. Comp. Physiol.288 (2): R501-R510.

Menze M.A., Hellmann N., Decker H. and Grieshaber M.K. (2001). Binding of urate and caffeine to hemocyanin analyzed by isothermal titration calorimetry. J. Exp. Biol.204: 1033-1038.

Menze M.A.,Hellmann N., Decker H. and Grieshaber M.K. (2000). Binding of urate and caffeine to hemocyanin of the lobster Homarus vulgaris as studied by isothermal titration calorimetry. Biochemistry 39 (35): 10806-10811. 

*undergraduate student researcher
#authors contributed equally

Selected Conference Presentations

Posters and Oral Papers (past three years)

Hendricks* E., Nathan B., and Menze M.A. Estrogen treatment dramatically increases respiration in Alzheimer’s disease model. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for the Advancement in Sciences (AAAS), Chicago, IL, 2014.

Stokich* B. and Menze M.A. Biomimetic approaches in cryopreservation. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for the Advancement in Sciences (AAAS), Chicago, IL, 2014.

Ferry* N., Laffoon* M.M., Konkle M., and Menze M.A. MitoNEET: reduction in insulin resistance through ameliorated oxidative stress? Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), New Orleans, LA, 2013.

Menze M.A. Group I LEA protein ameliorates inhibition of mitochondrial respiration in Drosophila Kc167 cells. Presented at the annual Mitochondrial Physiology (MIP) meeting, Obergurgl, Austria, 2013.

Hendricks* E., Nathan B., and Menze M.A. Bioenergetics of permeabilized and intact nerve cell terminals in ApoE deficient and wilde-type mice. Presented at the annual Mitochondrial Physiology (MIP) meeting, Obergurgl, Austria, 2013.

Crail* J.P., Roberts* M.E., Fernandez* W., Menze M.A., and Konkle M.E. Characterizing protein binding partners of mitoNEET. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Indianapolis, IN, 2013.

Osggod* Q., Chakraborty N., Stokich* B., and Menze M.A. Novel protein acts as cryoprotectant for embryonic kidney cell monolayers. Presented at the annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Seattle, WA, 2013.

Stokich* B., Schreyer B., Osggod* Q., Chakraborty N., Thompson M., and Menze M.A. Trehalose incubation improves cryopreservation of hepatoma cell monolayers. Presented at the annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Seattle, WA, 2013.

Fernandez* W., Erbacher* L., Konkle M., and Menze M.A. Examining the role of estrogen and oxidative damage in Alzheimer's Disease. Council on Undegraduate Research (CUR) Poster on the Hill event: to highlight undergraduate research to U.S. Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, 2013.

Martinez* E., Menze M.A., and Torres J.J. Mitochondrial energetics of benthic and pelagic antarctic teleosts. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, New Orleans, LA, 2013.

Tofte* A., Nathan B., and Menze M.A. Mitochondrial bioenergetics in response to estrogen therapy. Presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science. Jacksonville, IL, 2013.

Hendricks E., Nathan B., and Menze M.A. Improving mitochondrial bioenergetics in an Alzheimer's mouse model via estrogen therapy. Presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science. Jacksonville, IL, 2013.

Ferry* N., Roland* F., Konkle M., and Menze M.A. Type-2 Diabetes: Does mitoNEET impact mitochondrial functions by multiple mechanisms? Presented at the annual National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). La Crosse, WI, 2013.

Fernandez* W., Nathan B., and Menze M.A. Decline in mitochondrial respiration in post-ovariectomy mice is ameliorated by beta-estradiol treatment. Presented at the annual National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). La Crosse, WI, 2013.

Marunde* M., and Menze M.A. Late Embryogenesis Abundant Protein Improves Mitochondrial Function under Salt and Water Stress. Presented at the annual National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). La Crosse, WI, 2013.

Fernandez* W., Nathan B., and Menze M.A. Decline in mitochondrial respiration in post-ovariectomy mice is ameliorated by beta-estradiol treatment. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). San Francisco, CA, 2013.

Samarajeewa D., Harder* A., Toner M., Chakraborty N., and Menze M.A. Intracellular ice nucleation protein reduces cryogenic injury in eukaryotic cells. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). San Francisco, CA, 2013.

Camp* N., Martinez* E., Phillips* C., Procerra  A.,, Torres J., Colombo R., and Menze MA. Life in hot waters: live fast and die young. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). San Francisco, CA, 2013.

Marunde M.*, Nguyen M.A., Hand S.C., and Menze M.A. Late Embryogenesis Abundant protein improves mitochondrial function under salt and water stress.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). San Francisco, CA, 2013.

Erbacher* L, Fernandez* W, Menze MA, and Konkle M. Targeting Alzheimer's: discovering mitochondrial protein targets of oxidative stress. Presented at the annual meeting of Protein Society. San Diego, CA, 2012.

Camp N*. , Martinez E., Krick M*.,  Porreca N., Torres J., Colombo R., and Menze MA. Life in hot waters: live fast and die young. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society, St. Paul, MN, 2012

Harder* A., Samarajeewa* D., Toner M., Chakraborty N., and Menze M.A. Intracellular ice nucleation protein reduces cryogenic injury in eukaryotic cells. Presented at the annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Atlanta, GA, 2012.

Fernandez W*., Nathan B., and Menze MA. Effects of estrogen on mitochondrial function in ApoE-deficient mice. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). Charleston, SC, 2012.

Harder* A., Toner M., Chakraborty N., and Menze M.A. Role of PsINP in cell preservation. Presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science. Galesburg, IL, 2012.

Samarajeewa* D.A., Thiruni A.*, Hand S.C., and Menze M.A. Life without water: intracellular expression of Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) protein increases dehydration tolerance of eukaryotic cells. Presented at the annual meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science. Galesburg, IL, 2012.

Marunde M.*, Shumin S., Hand S.C., and Menze M.A. Do Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) proteins preserve mitochondrial functions under water stress? Presented at the annual Honors Council of the Illinois Region (HCIR) Student Conference. Joliet, IL, 2012.

Fernandez W*., Elmuti L.*, and Menze MA. Mechanism of in vitro ß-estradiol bioenergetic effects in synaptic and non-synaptic mitochondria using an apoE deficient mouse model. Presented at the annual National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Ogden, UT, 2012.

Marunde M*., Shumin S., Hand S.C., and Menze M.A. Late embryogenesis abundant protein ameliorates inhibition of mitochondrial respiration. Presented at the annual SICB meeting. Charleston, SC, 2012.

Anderson*, J.M., Harder* A., Hand S.C., Chakraborty N., and Menze M.A. “Protective mechanisms against water stress evaluated in insect cells”. Presented at the annual SICB meeting. Charleston, SC, 2012.

*student researcher

Funding & Grants

Council on Faculty Research Grant (CFR) Award, Eastern Illinois University, "Trehalose - the Sweet Way to Preserve Cells and Tissues" (10/2013-7/2014; Michael Menze, PI). To investigate the role of trehalose on cryopreservation of hepatocyte monolayers. Amount awarded: $4,705.

Redden Fund Grant Award (2013), Eastern Illinois University (Michael Menze, PI). Amount awarded: $1050.

President's Fund for Research and Creative Activity (PFRCA) Award, Eastern Illinois University, "Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Type-2 Diabetes: Role of MitoNEET" (8/2013 – 07/2014; Mary Konkle, PI, Michael Menze, PI). Amount awarded: $19,850.

Council on Faculty Research Grant (CFR) Award, Eastern Illinois University, "Mitochondrial Dysfunctions in Type 2 Diabetes" (7/2013-8/2013; Michael Menze, PI). To investigate the role of mitochondrial bioenergetics in the development of insulin insensitivity. Amount awarded: $4,500.

Interdisciplinary Research in the Sciences Grant (IRIS), Eastern Illinois University, "Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Type-2 Diabetes: Role of MitoNEET" (12/2012 – 06/2013; Mary Konkle, PI, Michael Menze, PI). Amount awarded: $5,000.

Redden Fund Grant Award (2012), Eastern Illinois University (Michael Menze, PI). Amount awarded: $750.

President’s Research Fund (PRF) Award, Eastern Illinois University "Role of Estrogen in Alzheimer’s Disease" (2012 - 2013; Michael Menze, PI, Britto Nathan, Co-PI). To investigate the role of the female sex hormone estrogen on mitochondrial bioenergetics. Amount awarded: $16,780.

Interdisciplinary Research in the Sciences Grant (IRIS), Eastern Illinois University, "Untangling Alzheimer’s Disease: Identifying Mitochondrial Protein Targets of Oxidative Stress" (12/2011 – 06/2012; Mary Konkle, PI, Michael Menze, PI, Britto Nathan, PI). Amount awarded: $4,000.

EIU subcontract for NSF grant "Mechanisms of Animal Desiccation Tolerance" (09/2011 - 09/2013; Steven Hand, PI, and Michael Menze, Co-PI; IOS-0920254). Amount awarded: $17,610.

Redden Fund Grant Award (2011), Eastern Illinois University (Michael Menze, PI). Amount awarded: $1,500.

Proposal Initiative Fund (PIF) Award, Eastern Illinois University, "Using Inquiry-based Learning Modules to Vertically Integrate Core Biological Concepts in the Biology Majors Curriculum" (08/2011-08/2012; Michael Menze, PI, Gary Bulla, PI, Robert Colombo, PI, Karen Gaines, PI, Kai Hung, PI, James Novak, PI). Amount awarded: $7,500.

Council on Faculty Research Grant (CFR) Award, Eastern Illinois University, "Sex and Power – the Role of Estrogen in Alzheimer’s Disease" (7/2011-8/2011; Michael Menze, PI, Britto Nathan, PI). To investigate the role of the female sex hormone estrogen on mitochondrial bioenergetics. Amount awarded: $4,500.

Early Research Support Grant Award (2010), Eastern Illinois University (Michael Menze, PI). Total Amount awarded: $378.

Council on Faculty Research grant (CFR), Eastern Illinois University, "Life without Water" (10/2010-10/2011; Michael Menze, PI). Total Amount awarded: $4,000. To investigate the role of trehalose transporters in stabilization of insect cells.

Community

Student Funding and Grants
A. Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (URSCA) Awards – EIU Honors College:

David Constantinescu (Summer 2014): Effects of PsINP on water crystalization ($3000); Clinton Belott (Spring, 2014): Synergistic cancer treatment ($500); Ben Poznic (Fall, 2013): Taking the heat: the possible role of LEA proteins in preventing cell suicide in genetically-engineered human kidney cells ($500); Nicolas Ferry  (Summer, 2013): Type-2 diabetes: does mitoNEET impact mitochondria and catalase functions by multiple mechanisms? ($3000); Blake Stokich (Summer, 2013): Improving long-term storage of mammalian cells ($3000); William Fernandez (Fall, 2012): Role of apolipoprotein E in Alzheimer’s disease ($500); Nathan Camp (Fall, 2012): Life in hot waters: live fast die young ($500); Matthew Marunde (Summer, 2012): Lessons learned from nature - can we engineer life without water? ($3000); Matthew Marunde (Spring 2011). Life without water - do Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) proteins preserve mitochondrial functions? ($500); William Fernandez and Lena Elmuti (Summer, 2011):  Sex and power - does estrogen control energy production in Alzheimer's Disease? ($3000).

 B. Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Grants

Clinton Belott (Fall, 2013): Synergistic cancer treatment; David Grimm (Fall, 2013): The effects of pioglitazone on mitochondrial bioenergetics; Blake Stokich (Fall, 2013): Cryopreservation of hepatocyte monolayers; Kevin Stanely (Spring, 2013): Role of succinate dehydrogenase in Alzheimer’s disease; Blake Stokich (Spring, 2013): Improving long-term storage of mammalian cells; Austin Tofte (Fall, 2012): Impact of estrogen on mitochondrial bioenergetics; Nicolas Ferry (Fall, 2012): Type-2 diabetes - functions of mitoNEET in the Mitochondrion; Christopher Phillips (Fall, 2012): Impact of thermal effluent on blue gill in Lake Coffeen; Mathew Marunde (Spring, 2012): Impact of group one LEA proteins on desiccation tolerance and bioenergetics of Kc167 cells; Minh Ha Nguyen (Spring, 2012): Heat shock promoter controlled expression of a group 5 LEA protein; Avril Harder (Spring, 2012): Intracellular Ice Nucleation Protein (INP) reduces cryogenic injury in insect cells; Jenna Slaughter (Spring, 2011): Impact of heat shock on Artemia franciscana embryos; Mathew Marunde (Spring, 2011): Oxygen consumption of transgenic Drosophila melanogaster cell lines; Thiruni Adikari (Spring, 2011): Impact of transgenic LEA protein expression on desiccation tolerance of Kc167 cells; Mitchell Cronk (Spring, 2011): Assessing cell proliferation by alamarBlue assay.
 
C. Scholars in Undergraduate Research (SURE) Awards

Ben Poznic (2014), Nicolas Ferry (2014), Blake Stokich (2014), Matthew Marunde (2013), William Fernandez (2013), Matthew Marunde (2012), William Fernandez (2012).

D. Graduate Student Investigator (GSI) Awards

Erick Hendricks (2014), Sudip Paudel (2014), Erick Hendricks (2013), Dilini Samarajeewa (2013), Dilini Samarajeewa (2012), John Anderson (2011). 

E. Graduate School Research/Creative Activity Grants 

Dilini Samarajeewa (2013): $400, Erick Hendricks (2013): $800, Dilini Samarajeewa (2012): $1000, John Anderson (2012): $800, John Anderson (2011): $1000.

F. Williams Travel Awards

Eric Hendricks (2013), Dilini Samarajeewa (2013), John Anderson (2012). 

G. College of Sciences Travel Grant ($500)

Blake Stokich (2014), Eric Hendricks (2014), Blake Stokich (2013), William Fernandez (2012), Matthew Marunde (2012).

H. Student Awards and Honors

Outstanding International Undegraduate Student Award for the College of Sciences - David Constantinescu (2014); Outstanding International Graduate Student Award for the College of Sciences (2014) - Sudip Paudel; Award of Honorable Mention at the 2014 AAAS Student Poster Competition in the category of Brain and Behavior - Erick Hendricks and Austin Tofte; Distinguished Senior Award (2013) - William Fernandez; Provost Research Assistantship (2013) - Erick Hendricks ($9,000); Outstanding International Student Award (2013) - Dilini Samarajeewa; Illinois State Academy of Sciences Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Division Outstanding Presentation Award (2013) - Erick Hendricks ($125); Annie Weller Scholarship (2013) - Alyssa Walser ($400); Distinguished Graduate Student Award for the MSNS program (2013) - Alyssa Walser; EIU Graduate School Distinguished Master Thesis Award (2013) - John Anderson ($500); Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Thesis Nomination (2013) - John Anderson; Illinois State Academy of Sciences Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Division Outstanding Presentation Award (2011) - John Anderson ($250).

 


 

Research and Teaching Awards 

 Provost's Undergraduate Research Mentor Award (2014), Achievement and Contribution Award (2013), College of Sciences Lida G. Wall Faculty Research Mentor and Teacher Award (2013), College of Sciences Student Advisory Board Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, (2012), Achievement and Contribution Award (2011), Deans Award of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (2011), Deans Award of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (2010).

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