SPIRE Scholars earn tenure and promotion

Most recently, two former SPIRE scholars have earned tenure and promotion as faculty. Dr. Antonio Baines and Dr. Cathy Silver Key are now Associate Professors in the Department of Biology at North Carolina Central University, one of SPIRE's partner institutions.

Baines was a scholar in SPIRE from 2001-2006 and worked with Drs. Adrienne Cox and Channing Der in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UNC Chapel Hill. Baines continued his research in pancratic cancer at NCCU as joint faculty member in the Department of Biology and the Julius Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI) as well as adjunct faculty in the Department of Pharmacology at UNC Chapel Hill. Baines garnered several research grants from the National Cancer Institute and continues to mentor the next generation of scientists.

Silver Key was a scholar in SPIRE from 2002-2005 and worked with Dr. Robert Duronio in the Department of Biology at UNC Chapel Hill. Silver Key continued her research studying the role of L2DTL/Cdt2 during Drosophila development. Silver Key was awarded a SCORE grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to continue her research and collaborations with the Duronio lab. Most recently, Silver Key published a paper with current SPIRE scholar, Dr. Christina Swanson.