Gwen Beacham

Gwen Beacham receives ASCB Porter Prize for Research Excellence

Gwen BeachamGwen Beacham (Class of 2015) has been awarded the American Society for Cell Biology Porter Prize for Research Excellence.  The selection for this award is based on “individual contributions to the advancement of science and on the novelty and creativity of their findings”.   Gwen is in the lab of Gunther Hollopeter in the Department of Molecular Medicine.  Her thesis project centers on clathrin-mediated endocytosis, a process that enables eukaryotic cells to internalize transmembrane surface receptors. “I am interested in learning how the clathrin adaptor AP2 is regulated to ensure that endocytosis occurs with precision. Through my research, I have found that the protein called NECAP functions as a negative regulator of AP2.”

For more information about the ASCB Porter award, go to the ASCB web site.

Marissa Baccas

Marissa Baccas awarded HHMI Gilliam Fellowship

Marissa BaccasMarissa 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

Irma Fernandez featured in Cornell Graduate School Spotlight

Irma FernandezIrma 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

Jeff Jorgensen’s research featured on Cornell Research site

Jeff JorgensenJeff 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 in the lab

Aaron Joiner awarded 2020 Graduate Diversity & Inclusion Exemplary Service Award

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.

Robert Battaglia

Robert Battaglia awarded 2020 RNA Society Scaringe Graduate Student Award

Robert BattagliaRobert Battaglia has been awarded a prestigious 2020 RNA Society Scaringe Graduate Student Award.  Bob works in the lab of Ailong Ke.  See more about this award on the RNA Society website.  The award is to recognize outstanding accomplishments by young investigators and to encourage the best and the brightest to continue contributing to the field of RNA science.

Bob’s research project on tRNA decoding and aminoacylation sensing mechanism by T-box riboregulators has been published on-line in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology.  Read the article here.

Lina Bagepalli

Lina Bagepalli (Class of 2014) is featured on the Grad School Student Spotlight

Lina BagepalliLina is a member of John Lis’s lab and studies the mechanisms by which Heat Shock Factor 1 (HSF1), a master regulator of heat shock response, activates many genes that enable cell survival during stress.  Read the full article here.

Irma Fernandez

Irma Fernandez awarded 2019 Gilliam Fellowship from HHMI

Irma FernandezIrma Fernandez (Class of 2016) has been awarded a Gilliam Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This program is aimed at people who will become leaders in science with the goal of creating a more diverse community of scientific researchers.  Irma is co-mentored by Robert Weiss and Hening Lin. Read more about the award.

Julius Judd

Julius Judd awarded Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship

Julius JuddJulius Judd (Class of 2017) was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will provide funding for three years of his program.  His project was entitled “Interrogating enhancer function and cooperation by systematic perturbation of transposable elements”.  Julius is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Cedric Feschotte, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics.

Jackie Copeland

Jackie Copeland receives Honorable Mention from NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program

Jackie CopelandJackie Copeland (Class of 2018) received honorable mention for her NSF grant proposal entitled “Determining the underlying mechanisms behind 3’ UTR length dependent mRNA decay”.  Jackie wrote the proposal under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Grimson.  She is currently a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Marocs Simoes-Costa in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics; her research project is “Genome-wide identification of miRNAs regulating neural crest stem cell identity”.