Marissa Baccas (Class of 2018) has been awarded a Gilliam Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). This program seeks to increase a more diverse community of scientific researchers and is awarded to people who will become leaders in science and will actively support that goal. Marissa is mentored by Kelly Liu in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics. Learn more about this award.
Irma Fernandez (Class of 2016) was featured in a Graduate School Student Spotlight. This feature allows Irma to explain her research, why she chose Cornell and how she and her mentor, Robert Weiss, will be using her HHMI Gilliam Fellowship to increase the diversity of Cornell’s graduate student population. See the full article here.
Jeff Jorgensen (Class of 2013) was a featured researcher on the Cornell Research site. Jeff is a graduate student, soon to graduate with his PhD, in Scott Emr’s lab at the Weill Institute for Cell Biology. His research focuses on how plasma membrane proteins, the ones that separate the interior of the cell from its surroundings, are identified and subsequently broken down — the lumen of the vacuole in yeast, the model organism Jeff uses. Read the full article here.
Aaron Joiner was awarded an Exemplary Service Award for his extensive work to increase inclusion, diversity and access in the Field, the Department and Cornell University and academia in general. Read about his contributions and award here.
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