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As a graduate student, Andy Powers, Ph.D. ’11, studied in the Asbury lab with Chip Asbury, Ph.D. ’99, part of the UW School of Medicine’s Department of Physiology and Biophysics. He now works as a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR).
“The training I received from my mentor Chip Asbury was instrumental in preparing me for the challenges of postdoctoral work. He is a master of communicating crystal-clear ideas to explain complex experimental results, and he pursues biological questions with the precision and rigor of an engineer, always designing the best possible experiment to test a given hypothesis. Chip is also an incredibly kind and genuine person who strives to maintain a fun and collegial atmosphere in lab,” says Dr. Powers.
For six years, Powers examined how dividing cells generate force to segregate chromosomes during mitosis. Part of this research included work on how kinetochores monitor the quality of microtubule attachments to prevent chromosome mis-segregation, which can lead to birth defects and cancer.
Powers is a native of Sonoma, CA, and has traded the Pacific Northwest for Cambridge, MA, for his post at NIBR.
“I have been really impressed with the talented scientists and high-quality research at NIBR. It’s inspiring to work in an atmosphere where rare diseases are given as much attention as more prevalent conditions,” says Powers.
“Ultimately, we hope that our findings will shed light on an understudied aspect of cellular biology, and we also hope that they will provide answers about what governs Cdk5 activity in health and disease,” says Powers.
On life in the Northeast, Powers says he and his wife have had a blast exploring this new part of the country.
“But it was hard to leave behind such dear friends. I definitely miss the stunning beauty of the mountains and water and enjoying the recreational opportunities… and nothing tops the cuisine available in the Pacific Northwest.”
UW Medicine has the longest-standing degree program in prosthetics and orthotics (P&O) in the United States. A degree in P&O provides practitioners with the ability to design and fit artificial limbs and devices that correct musculoskeletal functions. Ann Yamane, B.S. ’76, senior lecturer, Vickie Corrin, academic counselor and Ph.D. coordinator, and Susan Spaulding, teaching associate, talk about the department’s strengths and the recent addition of a master’s degree to their offerings.
How did the P&O program begin at UW Medicine?
How did your curriculum change in building the MPO program?
We added three new research-related courses and two new clinical courses in pediatrics and clinical skills to the program. Additionally, existing courses were revised with higher-order learning objectives and outcomes.
How will the advanced degree enhance the graduate’s ability to treat patients?
What impact is the MPO having on the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine?
Our students need M.D.s to serve as volunteer preceptors for service learning activities this summer and fall. With your supervision, students can offer basic health screenings and referral services to low-income or uninsured clients at the Aloha Inn and through co-sponsored health fairs. Preceptors provide supervision for medical and pharmacy students and consultations with clients who have abnormal test results, and they provide general advice and support for the students conducting the screenings.
If you are interested in serving as a preceptor for any of the dates below, or would like to volunteer in the future, please contact Lauren Henricksen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.685.2009. Liability coverage can be arranged.
Upcoming Health Fairs
The Medical Student Association (MSA) is opening its summer clothing sale. Beginning on Thursday, Aug. 1, alumni may purchase UW School of Medicine apparel at kotisdesign.com/uwsom. A portion of the proceeds benefits UW School of Medicine student organizations.
Please note: to complete your purchase, you will need to create a user name and password at the site.
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UW Medicine’s Department of Genome Sciences has launched its annual free summer public lecture series titled “Wednesday Evenings at the Genome.”
Wednesday, July 24 — 7:00 p.m. (Hitchcock 132)
Peter Byers, M.D.: “Genetics and the law: contretemps over brittle bones still waiting on a picture.”
Wednesday, July 31 — 7:00 p.m. (Hitchcock 132)
Maynard Olson, Ph.D.: “Genomic medicine: what path forward?”
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