MBG Graduate Recognition Ceremony

Participants in the MBG Graduation Cermony 2019Graduates 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

Jennie Sims is the recipient of the Mann Award

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

Eldora Ellison, BMCB alum, is featured in Grad School Alumni Spotlight

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

Laura Thomas is selected to be the Banner Bearer for the Graduate School in May 2019 Commencement

Laura Thomas (Fromme lab) was chosen by the Graduate School to be a banner bearer in the May 2019 Commencement Ceremony.

Mariana Wolfner

Mariana Wolfner has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences

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.


Vandana Raghavan

Vandana Raghavan selected to 2019 Early Career Scientist Leadership Program of GSA

Vandana Raghavan (Alani lab) has been selected by the Genetics Society of America for their 2019 Early Career Scientist Leadership Program as a member of the Science Outreach and Communication subcommittee.  As part of this program, she has written a blog for the GSA Genes to Genomes blog.  Read her blog here.

Irma Fernandez

Irma Fernandez featured in Cornell Research: Sirtuins and Their Link to Cancer

Irma Fernandez (2016) is featured on the Cornell Research page.  The article not only highlights Irma’s research on sirtuins (specifically SIRT5) and their relationship to cancer, but also the wide variety of techniques that she uses in her research.  Irma’s research is collaborative and interdisciplinary as is her thesis committee; she is mentored by Robert Weiss (Department of Biomedical Sciences) and Hening Lin (Chemistry & Chemical Biology). Read the full article here.



4th Biennial BMCB-GGD Symposium

The BMCB-GGD Symposium is completely graduate student driven and organized.  It includes talks, discussion sessions, and a happy hour poster session.

Talks will take place in G10 of the Biotechnology Building and the Poster Session will take place at the Big Red Barn.  To reserve your spot in the discussion sessions, get a free lunch and drink ticket, and present at the poster session register now —  space is limited!

Bhargav Sanketi with his winning poster

Bhargav Sanketi (Class of 2017) won article Stem Cell Technology writing contest & Gordon Conference best poster

Bhargav Sanketi (Class of 2017) won an article writing contest held by Stem Cell Technologies.  He used the winnings to attend the Gordon Proteoglycans Conference and won best poster prize for his “Dissection of the gene regulatory network behind conserved mid-gut tilting controlled by Pitx2 and HC-HA/Tsg6 pathways”.

Kevin Hines uses tobacco as a model for solving potential food crises

Kevin, a BMCB graduate student in the lab of Maureen Hanson, is focused on increasing the efficiency of tobacco plants ability to turn atmospheric carbon dioxide into energy and biomass through photosynthesis with the goal of transferring this process to large-scale food crops.   You can access the full article about Kevin’s research, including use of a gene gun, here.