Monday, December 9, 2013; Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Pathology Research Conference; Presenter: Michael J. Caplan, MD, PhD; C. N. H. Long Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Professor of Cell Biology, Chair, Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale University (Title: "Playing in Traffic: Novel Signaling and Trafficking Mechanisms in Epithelial Cells") (more)
Northwestern Community Mourns Loss of Dr. Piotr Kulesza.
We are truly grieved to announce that Piotr (Peter) Kulesza, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pathology died unexpectedly this weekend while at a professional meeting in Florida. Details of his death are not known at this time.
A native of Warsaw, Poland, Peter received his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama, and his combined MD/PhD degrees at Washington University in St. Louis. He was a resident in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Johns Hopkins, where he stayed on for a Fellowship in Cytopathology. He joined the Pathology faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2004 and was recruited back to the University of Alabama in 2006 before we recruited him to Northwestern in 2009.
Peter was a remarkable colleague, who will be remembered for his infectious enthusiasm and energy. He was dedicated to our academic mission, and this was evident in his interactions with colleagues, residents, fellows, and medical students. He was an ambitious researcher, who was a principle investigator on R01 grants as well as clinical trials. Peter was also a talented and conscientious cytopathologist. However, his unique contribution to FSM was as the Director of the Pathology Core Facility of the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center and Director of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOGACRIN) Pathology Coordinating Office and Reference Laboratory at Northwestern. He was appointed to this position in April 2011 and truly revitalized the facility.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Peter’s family; to all his colleagues in the Department of Pathology; and the staff of the NMH Cytopathology laboratory and the Pathology Core Facility, who had the pleasure of working with him. He will be sorely missed. A memorial service will be held in his honor in the near future.
With profound sorrow for this loss,
William A. Muller, MD, PhD
Magerstadt Professor and Chairman
Department of Pathology
Feinberg School of Medicine
Rebecca Linn, MD (PGY-2) is a recipient of the resident recruitment award given by the Society for Pediatric Pathology. The SPP offers the winning recipients a free trip to the upcoming meeting in Salt Lake City in September. Dr. Linn had to write a review of a recent and important paper in pediatric pathology, and her write-up was chosen as one of the winning submissions. Congratulations!
Michelle Oliveira Fernandes, MS, Graduate Student, won first place for basic science at the 2013 Lewis Landsberg Research Day, for her abstract "The transcription factor Egr3 promotes muscle stretch receptor morphogenesis and innervation homeostasis". Michelle is a student in Dr. Warren Tourtellotte's laboratory in the Department of Pathology.