Monthly Archives: May 2013

University of Hawai’i at Manoa 102nd Annual Commencement Exercises

IMG_1473Mukesh Kumar, B.V.Sc., M.S., Ph.D. was awarded doctorate degree and Madhuri Namekar, M.Sc., M.S. was awarded master’s degree on May 11, 2013 at the UHM 102nd Annual Commencement Exercises. Dr. Kumar’s dissertation thesis focused on “Diabetes as a risk factor for West Nile virus-associated encephalitis and Ms. Namekar’s dissertation thesis focused on “Development, optimization and validation of microsphere based Luminex assays for identification of West Nile virus and dengue virus infections”.

Photo:  Madhuri Namekar, Vivek R Nerurkar (Thesis Advisor), Mukesh Kumar

Kelsey Roe Receives Ellen M. Koenig Award in Medicine

Kelsey Roe, a second year Ph.D student at the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and pharmacology, JABSOM has received the Ellen M. Koenig Award in Medicine for work on West Nile virus (WNV) neuropathogenesis. Roe was selected as the `Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) scholar of the medicine’ and along with 11 ARCS scholars from other UH departments, was honored at the recent ARC-Honolulu chapter banquet. ARCS is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that supports meeting the national need for scientists and engineers by providing awards to academically outstanding students who are U.S. citizens. The award carries a $5,000 prize.


Roe is a PhD student in Dr. Saguna Verma’s laboratory and in her recently published work in the Journal of General Virology, she proposed that WNV initially enters the CNS without altering the integrity of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and later virus replication in the brain initiates BBB disruption, allowing unrestricted entry of leukocytes and a second wave of WNV into the CNS. This is the first study of its kind and challenges the paradigm that BBB disruption is the primary route of WNV – CNS entry. She has presented this work in several scientific meetings and has received `Second prize’ for the oral presentation at the annual meeting of American Society of Microbiology-Hawaii chapter. Her interests, besides research, are hiking, playing flute and beading.

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New Research laboratory, Biomedical Research Program Established at College of Micronesia



George Hui, (808) 692-1609
Researcher, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Tina Shelton, (808) 692-0897
Communications Director, John A. Burns School of Medicine

STEP-UP students introduced to the new laboratory. STEP-UP students introduced to the new laboratory.

With help from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, the College of Micronesia has opened a new biomedical research laboratory in the agriculture building on the college’s national campus at Palikir, Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia.