Graduates from the Fields of BMCB, Biophysics and GGD participated in the first annual MBG Graduate Recognition Ceremony. Hosted by Chris Fromme, DGS of BMCB and Faculty Advisor of the MBG Diversity Council, this event allowed members of the Department and Fields to recognize and congratulate the participants and their families. For a look at Graduate School pictures from the PhD Hooding Ceremony, go to the Grad School flickr album.
Jennie Sims (Class of 2014) is the 2019 recipient of the Harry and Samuel Mann Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Jennie, who is in the lab of Marcus Smolka, studies the why, how and when of cellular repair of broken DNA. Her research has important implications for fighting cancer. “Understanding how cancer cells repair DNA breaks is really important because cancer cells use a lot of these and grow really, really fast,” Sims said. “If we can understand how cancer cells are manipulating the normal DNA repair pathways, we might be able to interrupt them or nudge them in a different direction.” Read more.
Eldora Ellison was a graduate student in the lab of Volker Vogt and graduated from the BMCB PhD program in 1994. Her thesis was entitled “Characterization of the intron-encoded endonuclease I-PpoI from Physarum polycephalum.” She is currently Director and Executive Committee Member at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC, a law firm that specializes in intellectual property rights. Her knowledge of science and other important skills learned in her graduate program are essential in her position. Read the spotlight here.
Laura Thomas (Fromme lab) was chosen by the Graduate School to be a banner bearer in the May 2019 Commencement Ceremony.
Election to the National Academy is a well-deserved recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Mariana’s research focuses on understanding reproductive processes that occur at the molecular/gene level, around the time when a sperm fertilizes an egg using Drosophila as the model.
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