June 2018 Mutation in the nuclear pore complex protein NUP155 has been associated with atrial fibrillation and Randy Faustino, PhD of Sanford Research has recently mapped the molecular networks showing the link between NUP155 and this cardiac disease. His team focuses on the role of nuclear proteins in regulating cardiac plasticity and these findings were published in BMC Systems Biology. “NUP155 insufficiency recalibrates a pluripotent transcriptome with network remodeling of a cardiogenic signaling module”
May 2018 Randy Faustino's laboratory attended the University of North Dakota Epigenetics & Epigenomics Symposium in Grand Forks, ND.Graduate student, Emily Storm, presented a posted titled "Nup155 regulates pluripotent microRNA expression" examining nucleoporin regulation of pluripotent microRNA dynamics in mouse stem cells.
April 2018 Randy Faustino gave a presentation at a special scientific conference celebrating 30 years of health research at St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. His talk was titled "Nucleoporin recalibration of cardiogenic gene networks"
Febuary 2018 Randy Faustino and Michelle Baack received a research grant from the Sanford Health Foundation for their project to determine the optimal composition of the extracellular matrix for generation of cardiac tissue from human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells.
November 2017 The laboratory of Dr. Randy Faustino attended the annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA) in Anaheim, CA. The laboratory presented new findings on cardiomycyte genetic programs influenced by a nucleoporin involved in atrial fibrillation in a poster titled “Embryonic stem cell transcriptome remodeling by a nucleoporin substrate for atrial fibrillation”. The mission of the AHA is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
October 2017 Riley Leonard, 2017 SPUR student in the Faustino lab, gave a presentation at a community Forum at Saint John's University. Riley spoke about new technologies being used to study children's heart disease.
August 2017, Staff Scientist in the Faustino Lab, Dr. Claudia Preston, was recently selected to serve as an ambassador for American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). ASCB is an international community of biologists studying the cell with goals to advance scientifice discovery, advocate for sound research policies, improve education, promote professional development, and increase diversity in the scientific workforce. As an Ambassador, Dr. Preston will ASCB opportunities to the regional scientific community. http://www.ascb.org/ambassadors/
November 2016, Dr. Randy Faustino joined Children’s Health at Sanford Research and opened his lab.