Enrichment Program

Enrichment Program

The Enrichment Program of the CIHD is designed to foster sharing of ideas and research strategies, and to educate the broader academic community concerning research in hematologic and iron linked disorders (Enrichment Srategies). Established investigators, junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students will interact through core workshops, symposia such as invited guest seminars.


Information on all educational activities, research in progress presentations and public information coordinating these activities, will be disseminated via website announcements with links to detailed information.  Direct email announcements will be sent to CIHD participating faculty, junior faculty and lab members (postdoctoral fellow and students).  These enrichment activities will provide the backbone of technologic expertise to utilize the cores and provide for career advancement.  An enrichment activities calendar will be posted on the University of Utah CIHD website along with links to the University of Utah Core website as the calendar is developed.


The laboratories of established investigators and core facilities within the CIHD will be open to any participating scientist who wishes to learn new methods offered by these entities.  Interested individuals, whose research focus meets those of the CIHD, will coordinate with the host P.I. or core facility director in the CIHD for proposed training.


American Society of Hematology (ASH) www.hematology.org

International Bioiron Society (IBIS) www.bioiron.org

The Porphyrias Consortium www.rarediseasesnetwork.org/porphyrias

FASEB Trace Elements in Biology and Medicine www.faseb.org/src

East-to-West Iron Club (EWIC) www.eastcoastironclub.org/

For a list of upcoming Hematology faculty presentations, please click on the following link:

HFC Schedule 2016-2017

Grant Applications:

T32 Hematology Program Trainees 2016

T32 Hematology Call for Applications

The CIHD Enrichment Program at the University of Utah will be organizing several different seminars/workshops for the 2016-2017 year.  These seminars and workshops will be available to established and new investigators whose research is focused on iron/metals and heme.  Inquiries for participation in the seminars/workshops should be directed to the Enrichment Program Director (Diane M. Ward, PhD diane.mcveyward@path.utah.edu).  The following areas will be the focus of these seminars/workshops-


Visiting Scholars:  The CIHD will sponsor four to six visiting scholars to come to the University of Utah CIHD.  The visits will be organized in consideration to core workshop and seminar schedules to provide the maximum opportunity for training and education associated with iron/hematologic disorder related research.


Postdoctoral Fellow Exchange Program:   A competitive post-doctoral fellow exchange program, in which post-docs come to the University of Utah, is being organized to introduce early stage investigators to new techniques or model organisms available for analyzing hematologic/iron-related homeostasis.


Seminar Series:   The CIHD will sponsor four to six guest speakers annually.  This seminar series is currently being organized.


Core Workshops:   Core directors have a long history of providing up-to-date training to investigators, postdoctoral fellows, students and staff on the facilities/methods offered by the cores. The core directors also attend national meetings and participate in workshops designed to improve methods and technology.  One workshop/core/year will be organized and interested researchers will contact core directors to coordinate participation.  These workshops are available to all CHSCC members and will be announced on the University of Utah Enrichment Calendar.  Further, emails will be send to local CIHD members and to Enrichment directors at other CHSCC.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:  see the Enrichment Events Calendar

  1. September 26: Metal Interest Group 2016-2017



Academic Workshop:  Our philosophy on inspiring and attracting new researchers to nonmalignant hematology-centered research is focused on engaging students early in their careers. Students (high school, undergraduates and graduate level PhD/MD) will be exposed to work in the field of nonmalignant hematology and iron-related disorders through participation in several programs including: 1) Bioscience High School Summer Research Program; 2) Summer Undergraduate Research Program; 3) Bioscience Undergraduate Research Training Program (BioURP) and; 4) Interest Group Seminars (e.g. Metals, Membrane Trafficking, Metabolism, RNA) where students participate in research, give local poster and oral presentations and are encouraged to submit abstracts to national and international meetings. The Enrichment Advisory Committee will encourage trainees to participate in career development workshops to help prepare predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees for academic careers. One workshop entitled “Grant-Writing Crash Course” sponsored by the Office of the University Vice President for Research (Dr. Tom Parks) provides one-on-one mentoring by successful University of Utah faculty grant writers and focuses on individualized instruction in the mechanics of effective proposal writing and in developing specific aims and justifications pages.  Trainees will also be encouraged to apply for T-32 training grant funding and assistance will be provided for identifying and writing grant proposals.  (SEE TRAINING GRANT APPLICATIONS ON THE ENRICHMENT CALENDAR).  

An academic workshop is being organized to provide expert advice on grant writing, grant administration, lab management, publishing a paper in a peer-reviewed journal, creating a good CV, reviewing papers, and faculty development and advancement.  Experienced, established investigators with a history of successful NIH-funding will provide instruction and critical evaluation.  Follow-up grant/paper evaluation will be made available to interested investigators.  These workshops will be advertised on the CIHD website.  We will survey attendees and take into consideration any suggestions for workshops members might have.

CRISPR-RNP Transfection Workshop: July 27-28

Presented by the Mutation Generation and Detection Core, The Center for Iron and Heme Disorders, and The Center for Clinical and Translational Science

This Workshop will present two days of morning informational seminars dicussing the use of CRISPR-RNP technology in cell culture cells from design, optimization, and delivery. Along with a Keynote address by Dr. Dana Carroll on the ethical and societal issues of the use of CRISPR technologies. Informational seminars will be open to all researchers.

The afternoon wet lab portion will allow researchers to gain hands experience with the production of CRISPR-RNP complexes and their Nucleofection into cell culture cells. If you are interested in registering for the wet lab portion, please contact the Mutation Generation and Detection Core at mutrus@genetics.utah.edu or 801-585-0662.

Thursday, July 27

Eccles Auditorium, EIHG

09:00-10:30AM Dr. Greg Alberts Background on Genome Editing

10:30-10:45AM Coffee Break

11:00-12:00PM Dr. Greg Alberts Issues in CRISPR-Cas Editing

12:00-1:00PM Break for Lunch

1:00-5:00PM Wet Lab Day 1 MGD Core Room 7470 EIHG Production of CRISPR-RNP

Friday, July 28

Eccles Auditorium, EIHG

09:00-10:00AM Michael Collingwood “Mitigating risk of off-target effects when using CRISPR genome editing”

10:00-10:10AM Coffee Break

10:15-11:15AM Dr. Dana Carroll “Ethical and Societal Issues Surrounding Genome Editing”

11:30-12:30PM Break for Lunch

12:30-4:30PM Wet Lab Day 2 MGD Core Room 7470 EIHG Analysis of Nucleofected cells for

Sponsored by Lonza and Integrated DNA Technologies

NIDDK T32 2016 Awardees


Mattie Casey

Project: GFI1B SNAG domain methylation in megakaryocyte – erythrocyte lineage allocation

Mentor: Mike Engel, MD, PhD


Jared Wallace

Project: Investigating the Role of miR-155 and the interferonresponse in the hematopoietic stem cell compartment

Mentor: Ryan O’Connell, PhD


Megan Okada

Project: Unraveling organelle function in blood-stage malaria parasites

Mentor: Paul Sigala, PhD


Eric Fredrickson, PhD

Project: Mechanisms of mitochondrial protein quality control and iron sulfur cluster biogenesis

Mentor: Jared Rutter


Radika Gangaraju, MD

Project: Role of hypoxia sensing pathways and inflammation in disorders of increased erythropoiesis

Mentor: Joe Prchal, MD


Diane M. Ward, Director of Enrichment CIHD University of Utah

Associate Professor

University of Utah School of Medicine 5B310

Department of Pathology

Salt Lake City, Utah 84132

Ph 801-581-4967

Email diane.mcveyward@path.utah.edu