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Kara Maxwell, MD, PhD (Class of 2007), Receives Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Medical Scientists

Kara N. Maxwell, a Tri-Institutional MD/PhD alumna, received a 2017 Career Award for Medical Scientists (CAMS) from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for her study, "A genotype-phenotype study of tumors from patients with inherited mutations in DNA repair genes." The CAMS program provides $700,000 in funding over five years, to help physicians transition into a full-time career as a biomedical research scientists and tenured faculty members.

Kara is a medical oncologist, and PhD trained molecular and cellular biologist. Her research interests are in the genetics of human disease, particularly familial cancers, and in the translation of genetic data for managing individuals at risk for cancer and for directing novel therapies for oncology patients.

Kara is currently an instructor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert McGinty, MD, PhD (Class of 2011) Named 2017 Searle Scholar

Robert McGinty, MD, PhD, a 2011 alumnus of the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, has been selected as a 2017 Searle Scholar. The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at participating universities and research centers. Each year, fifteen new scientists are named Searle Scholars. Recipients are awarded $300,000 in flexible funding to support their work over the next three years.

Dr. McGinty studies the mechanisms governing epigentic signaling at the nucleosome and chromatin levels. Nucleosomes are a basic unit of DNA packaging in cells, and nucleosomes form chromatin, the material that makes up chromosomes. He uses protein chemistry to reconstitute "designer" nucleosomes and chromatin containing defined patterns of post-translational modifications. Dr. McGinty is an assistant professor in the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He is also the associate director of structural biology in the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, an associate member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the UNC School of Medicine.

American Society for Clinical Investigation Elects Four Tri-I Alums to Council

The American Society for Clinical Investigation Council received 160 membership nominations for 2016 and recommended 74 nominees for election. Of those 74 are four Tri-I alums-- Tobias Hohl, Agata Smogorzewska, Danny Reich, and Joe Arron (pictured clockwise from top left). Congratulations to all!

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