Dr. Mistretta honored plus Research Day award winners
Basic Science & Translational Research (2nd place): Yuan-Lynn Hsieh, MS, mentor Fei Liu "The effect of Tsc1 deletion on skull development"
Basic Science (1st place): Maiko Omi, Postdoc, mentor Yuji Mishina, "Molecular and cellular analyses of BMP-dependent coupling signals between osteoclasts and osteoblasts during bone remodeling"
Basic Science (2nd place): Harleen Athwal, DDS/PhD, mentor Isabelle Lombaert, "The Role of Sox10 in Maintaining Salivary Gland Stem/Progenitor Cells"
Xiaoxi Wei, a visiting scientist in the lab of Dr. Fei Liu, received the Janice E. Berry Prize for Excellence in Research. The family of Berry, a longtime U-M and dental school staff member who died in 2016, created the $1,000 award last year to recognize a full-time researcher who may be currently experiencing a financial hardship. The applicant must have demonstrated excellence in research, teaching, mentoring, service and leadership. Wei was cited for her enthusiasm and commitment to scientific research, and for mentoring others.
Charlotte Mistretta, professor in the Department of Biologic and Materials Science, received the Distinguished Faculty Research Mentoring Award after being nominated by students and colleagues. The annual award, now in its second year, recognizes faculty who impart their research knowledge and experience with students and scholars in areas of clinical, basic science and-or translational research. Nominations described Mistretta as approaching data with unique perspectives that lead projects in new and unexpected directions. "As a scientist, she is unapologetically rigorous," one nominator said.