K-State cancer researcher Brad Behnke named associate dean for research and graduate studies for College of Health and Human Sciences
March 3, 2021 - Brad Behnke, professor of physiology in the kinesiology department and a member of the Johnson Cancer Research Center, has been named the associate dean for research and graduate studies for the College of Health and Human Sciences. Behnke brings years of research experience to the position from multiple institutions. He studies cardiovascular function as it relates to aging, muscle disuse and cancer, and applies novel interventions to increase the efficacy of clinical treatments like radiation or chemotherapy. read more
Jean Bridges retires after 21 years
After 21 years of service at K-State, Jean Bridges is retiring as an office specialist at the Johnson Cancer Research Center.
Bridges joined the center in 2002 after two years at the Eisenhower Hall Copy Center. Her last day on campus will be Dec. 23.
Bridges has shown great dedication to the Johnson Cancer Research Center, eagerly helping however needed while also carrying out her main duties of managing its internal database, processing thank-you letters, answering the phone, and assisting with event coordination and maintenance of the facility, supplies and materials. She is talented in hospitality and took good care of many center guests and supporters. She is known to many as friendly, jovial and full of jokes.
The center would like to recognize Bridges' 21 years of service to K-State and her commitment to the cancer research center. Colleagues and friends are invited to send farewell emails or cards to firstname.lastname@example.org or the Johnson Cancer Research Center, 1 Chalmers Hall, 1711 Claflin Road, Manhattan, KS, 66506-3901.
Dec. 7, 2020
The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University has selected 22 students to participate in its undergraduate research mentoring and award program.
The Cancer Research Award program promotes undergraduate student participation in laboratory research. It encourages students to consider careers in cancer research and medicine early on while they are still deciding what academic and professional paths to take.
Nov. 10, 2020
Jocelyn McDonald, associate professor in biology, received a $938,885 award from the National Science Foundation to support her research on the "Coordination of collective cell migration in complex tissues." Brad Olson, assoc. prof. in biology, is a co-principal investigator. The award will also support workshops for junior and senior high school girls to learn about nature and science, and engineering students to design and make a device to alter tissues and study the impact on cell movement.
Nov. 10, 2020
Bruce Snead, director of Engineering Extension in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Mentorship from the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists.
Oct. 7, 2020
The 11th annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness, co-sponsored by Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center and Susan G. Komen Kansas and Western Missouri, will be presented via Zoom at noon Friday, Oct. 23. The public is invited to this free event. A Zoom account is not required, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
Although this year's Pink Power Luncheon cannot include an in-person gathering for lunch because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will still offer an inspirational keynote speaker, breast health and cancer information, an opportunity for pink camaraderie and prizes.
Sept. 14, 2020
Celebrate Kansas State University's fight against cancer with a Fighting for a Cure shirt, and wear it to the home football game, or anywhere, Saturday, Oct. 24, for the seventh annual K-State Fighting for a Cure Day. Sweatshirts are a new option this year.
Fighting for a Cure shirts raise funds and awareness for the Johnson Cancer Research Center, which supports and advances cancer research and education at Kansas State University. Since 2014, shirt sales have raised around $50,000.
June 3, 2020
Private donations helped the Johnson Cancer Research Center award $585,832 to support cancer research and training at Kansas State University in fiscal year 2020.
May 14, 2020
Santosh Aryal, assistant professor of chemistry, and team have developed a cell-based magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, contrast agent that can efficiently light up a tumor area, providing crucial diagnostic information for cancer therapy, more safely than the currently used agent that's based on gadolinium metal. Chemistry graduate student Sagar Rayamajhi was lead author on the study published in two Royal Society of Chemistry journals.
May 7, 2020
More than half a million cervical cancers are diagnosed worldwide each year. Although most of them can be treated effectively with a drug called Cisplatin, some are resistant to it. Nicholas Wallace, assistant professor in biology, has received a $454,466 National Cancer Institute grant to study Cisplatin-resistant cervical cancers.
April 17, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johnson Cancer Research Center had to cancel its annual Cancer Research Award Banquet, originally scheduled for April 17. As an alternative, the center created the Virtual 2020 Cancer Research Award Banquet on its website, to recognize the student awardees, their faculty mentors and the donors who make the awards possible.
Veterinary researcher receives $1.58 million NIH grant to explore pathway for better cancer therapies
April 16, 2020
New research at K-State could lead to innovative therapies for treating cancer and other human disorders. Jianzhong Yu, an assistant professor in anatomy & physiology, recently received a $1,580,922 National Institutes of Health grant to uncover how an evolutionary pathway may affect tumor development and cancer.
March 17, 2020
A study by K-State researchers Yi-Hsien Cheng and Zhoumeng Lin, postdoctoral researcher and assistant professor, respectively, in anatomy and physiology, reports current progress and limitations of nanoparticle-based drug formulations to treat cancer. The study, "Meta-analysis of nanoparticle delivery to tumors using a physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling and simulation approach," was published in the journal ACS Nano (American Chemical Society).
Jan. 29, 2020
Thomas Mueller, research assistant professor in the Division of Biology, and collaborators received a $1.35 million grant for the interdisciplinary research project "Navigating the Waters — A Neural Systems Approach to Spatial Cognition in Fish." Mueller's research is relevant to Central Nervous System cancers.
The prestigious Human Frontier Science Program grant promotes international collaborations with complementary expertise and multi-perspective approaches. Mueller, an expert in comparative neuroscience of fishes, is working with labs at the University of Bielefeld, Oxford University and Ben-Gurion University.