News 2012


December 2012

Nicole receives Pathology and Molecular Medicine Travel Scholarship

November 2012


Amanda presents at the Infection and Immunity Research Forum, University of Western Ontario

Amanda presents at the Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR) Trainee Day

September 2012

PhD student, Amy Gillgrass, receives W.E. Rawls Memorial Scholarship


July 2012

The Influence of Macrophages and the Tumor Microenvironment on Natural Killer Cells.

Curr Mol Med. 2012 Jul 23. [Epub ahead of print]Krneta T, Gillgrass A, Ashkar AA.





Interleukin-15 treatment induces weight loss independent of lymphocytes.

Barra NG, Chew MV, Reid S, Ashkar AA.

PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e39553. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039553. Epub 2012 Jun 29.


June 2012

Ashkar Lab receives five year CIHR operating grant.

Master's student, Amanda Lee, ranks NUMBER ONE in CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship competition.  Congratulations Amanda!!!!!

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May 2012

Critical role of NK cells in lung immunopathology during influenza infection in mice.

Abdul-Careem MF, Mian MF, Yue G, Gillgrass A, Chenoweth MJ, Barra NG, Chew MV, Chan T, Al-Garawi AA, Jordana M, Ashkar AA.

J Infect Dis. 2012 May 4. [Epub ahead of print]


PhD student, Nicole Barra, receives two Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary awards, the Graduate Student Publication Award and Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

April 2012

Master's student, Tamara Krneta, receives CIBC Graduate Bursary in Breast Cancer

Amy Gillgrass gives oral presentation at the 5th Annual Canadian Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium in Montreal, Quebec

March 2012

IL-15 can signal via IL-15Rα, JNK, and NF-κB to drive RANTES production by myeloid cells.

Chenoweth MJ, Mian MF, Barra NG, Alain T, Sonenberg N, Bramson J, Lichty BD, Richards CD, Ma A, Ashkar AA.

J Immunol. 2012 May 1;188(9):4149-57. Epub 2012 Mar 23.


Amy receives Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Program Excellence Award


Genital HSV-2 infection induces short-term NK cell memory.

Abdul-Careem MF, Lee AJ, Pek EA, Gill N, Gillgrass AE, Chew MV, Reid S, Ashkar AA.

PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e32821. Epub 2012 Mar 22.


February 2012


Interleukin-15 treatment improves glucose homeostasis and insulin sensitivity in obese mice.

Barra NG, Chew MV, Holloway AC, Ashkar AA.

Diabetes Obes Metab. 2012 Feb;14(2):190-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-1326.2011.01495.x. Epub 2011 Oct 30.


Herpes simplex virus-2 in the genital mucosa: insights into the mucosal host response and vaccine development.

Lee AJ, Ashkar AA.

Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2012 Feb;25(1):92-9. Review.