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June 15, 2007

SUNY Graduate Student Receives Yager Award

Fan Zhang, a full-time SUNY Optometry graduate student, is the 2006-2007 recipient of the Dean Yager Award for best published research paper by a student. Congratulations to Fan Zhang and her graduate advisor, Dr. Peter Reinach. As the recipient, she will be awarded a plaque in about eight weeks as well as a check for $500 sponsored by the Schnurmacher Institute of Vision Research (SIVR). The winning published paper was:

PKC Isoform–Specifc Enhancement of Capacitative Calcium Entry in
Human Corneal Epithelial Cells,

Fan Zhang, Quan Wen, Stefan Mergler, Hua Yang, Zheng Wang, Victor N. Bildin,
and Peter S. Reinach,

IOVS, September 2006, Vol. 47, No. 9

PURPOSE. To determine in human corneal epithelial cells (HCECs) the role of protein kinase C (PKC) in mediating epidermal growth factor (EGF)–induced stimulation of store-operated channel (SOC) activity and capacitative calcium entry (CCE).