Center of Biomedical Research Excellence

Seahorse Computer

Our Seahorse Analyzer is up and running in the newly remodeled lab of Dr. Ruben Dagda.

We are excited to welcome our new Project 5 leader, Dr. Robert Renden, to the COBRE. Dr. Renden obtained his Ph.D. with Kendal Broadie at the University of Utah, received postdoctoral training at the Vollum Institute in Portland, Oregon and was a Humboldt fellow at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He will be investigating disease-related mitochondrial dynamics and synaptic vesicle recycling at an identified synapse.

Prior Announcements

  • Renovations of our COBRE facilities have been completed. Newly remodeled space includes the Imaging Core, our Tissue Culture Core, Dr. Patricia Berninsone's lab in the Biology Department; and the labs of Dr. Thomas Gould, Dr. Ruben Dagda and Dr. Robert Renden in the Manville Building at the School of Medicine. We also updated and consolidated space in our Electron Microscopy Core facility, and the faculty and personnel offices in the Manville Building received a much-needed facelift. The new Leica confocal microscope was installed in the Imaging Core, and the Seahorse Analyzer in the Manville Building is up and running. Thanks to all for your patience during the construction work!

  • Dr. Qi Wan, former leader of COBRE Project 5, has accepted an offer to become Research Dean of Wuhan University School of Medicine. Wuhan University is one of the most beautiful campuses in China. Congratulations, Qi, and our best wishes for your new position!
  • Dr. Ruben Dagda, leader of COBRE Project 4, was featured in the Nevada Today! Read about Dr. Dagda.
  • The annual External Advisory Committee site visit for the COBRE in Cell Biology is on April 19, 2013.
  • Congratulations to Thomas Kidd, Ph.D. and postdoctoral researcher Gunnar Newquist on the acceptance of their paper. View their Blocking apoptotic signaling rescues axon guidance in Netrin mutants video and other news in the Nevada Today and at
  • Dr. Thomas Sudhof, Nobel Prize Winner, presented a talk on "Synaptic membrane traffic - from molecules to memory" to faculty and students in March 2013.
  • Brain Awareness Week is March 11-17, 2013. Read Dr. von Bartheld's blog on protecting, utilizing, and appreciating the brain.
  • Two new faculty hires and prospective COBRE project leaders have signed their offer letters and will start in January 2013: Thomas Gould, Ph.D., from the SALK institute, and Ruben Dagda, Ph.D., from Pittsburgh University School of Medicine. Welcome to our COBRE!
  • Amanda Burnham-Marusich, graduate student in Dr. Patricia Berninsone's lab (COBRE Project 2) will defend her Ph.D. thesis on Nov. 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM. See Seminars for details.
  • Dr. Qi Wan, COBRE project leader, was awarded on July 23, 2012 an R21 NIH grant, entitled: The neuroprotective role of nuclear TDP-43 in ischemic stroke." Congratulations, Qi!
  • Dr. Patricia Berninsone, COBRE project leader, has graduated her first Ph.D. student, Casey Snodgrass, in December 2012. The thesis is entitled: "Investigating Glycosylation and Phosphorylcholine Post-Translational Modifications in the Free-Living Nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans."
  • Dr. Qi Wan, COBRE project leader, received the good news in December, 2012, that he has been awarded a grant-in-aid from the American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate, for his project "Role of electrical field-directed neural stem cell migration in ischemic stroke."
  • As of January, 2012, the home institute of our COBRE grant is no longer the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), but the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). During the transition period, we will cite both grant numbers in publications that were supported by the COBRE grant, i.e. RR024210 and GM103554.
  • Dr. Patricia Berninsone, COBRE project leader, was informed in January, 2012, that she will be promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure. Congratulations!