See article below from the Vanderbilt University MSTP newsletter, The Chimera
Chris Cselenyi, M3, has been named the 2009 Shayne Scholar. The Shayne Scholarship is awarded annually to the MSTP student with the most outstanding Ph.D. training accomplishments. Trainees are selected by the MSTP Leadership Team and the Dean of the School of Medicine based on research productivity (research papers and review articles), presentations at national and international meetings, and investigative leadership.
Chris is a 2002 graduate of the University of Miami (B.S., Magna Cum Laude) who studied E. coli RecBCD enzyme processes in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Myers. He entered the Vanderbilt MSTP in 2003 and joined the laboratory of Dr. Ethan Lee in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology in 2004.
Chris’s thesis project focused on the role of Lrp5/6 in Wnt signal transduction using several systems to evaluate mechanisms by which Lrp5/6 leads to β-catenin stabilization. Chris has two first-authored publications, the first in Science Signaling (February, 2008) entitled “Contextdependent activation or inhibition of Wnt-beta-catenin signaling by Kremen” and the second in PNAS USA (June, 2008) entitled “LRP6 transduces a canonical Wnt signal independently of Axin degradation by inhibiting GSK3’s phosphorylation of beta-catenin.”
Chris presently has two other papers in the final stages of preparation prior to submission. He has presented talks and posters at a number of scientific meetings in the United States and Europe.