Five current and graduated COBRE faculty researchers were among those for whom the Kansas Board of Regents approved promotions and appointments of tenure at Kansas universities in April 2010.
Brian Blagg has been promoted to full professor in The University of Kansas Department of Medicinal Chemistry. Blagg earned his bachelors of arts at Sonoma State University in Chemistry and Environmental Studies (1994). He received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Utah (1999). Blagg conducted a NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute (2002-2007). In 2002 he became an assistant professor and research investigator with the COBRE in Protein Structure and Function at KU. In 2009 he received the American Chemical Society David W. Robertson Award in Medicinal Chemistry. He was presented the American Cancer Society Research Scholar award in 2006. Blagg received The University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence Award in 2005.
James Bann has been promoted to associate professor in biochemistry in the Chemistry Department at Wichita State University. Bann received his bachelor of science in biochemistry at Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO(1993), a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Oregon Health Sciences University (2000) Portland, OR; and completed a postdoctoral in Biochemistry (2000-2003) Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO. Bann joined Wichita State University as an assistant professor in biochemistry in 2004. He became a research investigator with the COBRE in Protein Structure and Function in 2008; he served as a COBRE-PSF pilot project director from 2005-2007.
Christopher Fischer has been promoted to associate professor in biophysics in The University of Kansas Physics and Astronomy Department. Fischer received his bachelors of arts in Physics, (Magna Cum Laude) at Washington University (1994). He earned a Masters of Science in Applied Physics (1998) and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics (2000) at the University of Michigan. He served as a postdoctoral research associate on a NIA Multidisciplinary Research Training Grant (2000-2002) and as a NIH postdoctoral research fellow (2002-2004). Fischer joined KU as an assistant professor in biophysics in 2004. He became a research investigator with the COBRE in Protein Structure and Function in 2008.
Audrey Lamb has been promoted to associate professor of molecular biosciences at The University of Kansas. Lamb received her B.A. in Chemistry from Furman University. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (1998). Lamb served as a postdoctoral research associate at Northwestern University. She joined KU as an assistant professor in molecular biosciences in 2003. Lamb was awarded the Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2009. She received the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Faculty Scholar Award in 2008. She was a COBRE research investigator from 2004-2007.
Jennifer Laurence has been promoted to associate professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at The University of Kansas. She earned her bachelor's of art degree in history at Miami University (1994), her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Purdue University (2000) and served as a postdoctoral research associate concentrating on biological sciences at Purdue University (2000-2004). Laurence has served as the organizing chair or as a member of the organizing committee for the Great Plains Regional Annual Meeting on Protein and Biomolecular NMR in 2006, 2008 and 2009. She joined KU as an assistant professor in 2004. She was a COBRE research investigator from 2005-2007.
Emily Scott has been promoted to associate professor of medicinal chemistry The University of Kansas. She earned her bachelor's of science in marine biology at the University of Texas at Galveston (1992), her Ph.D. in biochemistry and cell biology at Rice University (1998). Scott served as a postdoctoral research associate at Rice University and the University of Texas Medical Branch (1999-2004). She became an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry in 2004 and was appointed as a courtesy assistant professor in chemistry in 2008. Scott most recently received a $300,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant that focuses on ways to prevent lung cancer. Scott was a COBRE research investigator from 2004-2007 and is now a pilot project director beginning in 2010.