GDBBS Awards Banquet 2018


The 8th Annual GDBBS Awards Banquet was held on April 18, 2018, at the Druid Hills Golf Club.

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Program Scholar of the Year Awardees

M. Edward Quach, BCDB

Advisor: Renhao Li, PhD

Emily Summerbell, CB

Advisor: Adam Marcus, PhD

Anna Knight, GMB

Advisor: Alicia Smith, PhD

Kevin Sia, IMP

Advisor: Jyothi Rengarajan, PhD

Kara Phipps, MMG

Advisor: Anice Lowen, PhD

Suzanne Mays, MSP

Advisor: Eric Ortlund, PhD

Erica Landis, NS

Advisor: Machelle Pardue, PhD

Brent Allman, PBEE

Advisor: Katia Koelle, PhD

Award Recipients

Graduate Career Award

Kendra Quicke, MMG

Advisor: Mehul Suthar, PhD

Student Teaching Award

Nick Johnson, PBEE

Advisor: Karen Conneely, PhD

Career Teaching Award

Alynda Wood, NS

Advisor: Sam Sober, PhD

Student Leadership Award

Sarah Connolly, IMP

Advisor: Eric Hunter, PhD

Community Service Award

Archana Venkataraman, NS

Advisor: Brian Dias, PhD

Student Mentor Award

Anna Knight, GMB

Advisor: Alicia Smith, PhD

Faculty Mentor Award

Nicole Gerardo, PhD

PBEE Program

Distinguished Alumnus Award


Khaled Machaca, PhD

(CDB Grad, 1996)

Advisor: Steven L Hernault, PhD

Khaled Machaca is Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine and has served as Associate Dean for Research for the Qatar campus. In that capacity, he oversees the academic, financial, operational, and compliance aspects of the research department, which encompasses 25 active labs and over 200 staff. He also serves as the institutional official overseeing the animal research program and as the director of the imaging core. He leads and serves on multiple institutional, national, and international committees.

The Machaca Lab is interested in intracellular signaling processes under physiological and pathological conditions with a focus on calcium signaling. The goal is to better define these signaling pathways at the cellular and molecular levels to better define the underlying biology and identify potential therapeutic targets in various disease states. Our interest is focused on cell cycle regulation in the context of cancer, hypertension, and immune cell activation. Work from the Machaca Lab has been published in leading biomedical journals and garnered extramural funding from NIH and the Qatar National Research Fund. Khaled serves on editorial boards, reviews widely for scientific journals, and has an extensive track record of training students and postdoctoral fellows.