Irma Fernandez to be inducted into Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Irma Fernandez (Class of 2016) is one of five Cornell graduate students selected for induction into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.  This nomination recognizes her outstanding scholarly achievement and work in promoting diversity and excellence in doctoral education.  Read the Cornell Chronicle story here.

Bhargav Sanketi wins 3 Minute Thesis Competition

“To be or Knot to be” was the theme of Bhargav’s 3 Minute Thesis presentation which explored the blueprint behind building a small intestine. Bhargav (Class of 2017) is a member of Natasza Kurpios’ lab. Read the Graduate School story here. The article in the Cornell Chronicle can be found here.

MBG Graduate Students Advance Diversity & Inclusion Through MBG Diversity Council


Graduate students in the MBG graduate programs established the MBG Diversity Council. The mission of this group is to promote, enhance and expand the diversity of the MBG community. They initiate and support programing that promotes inclusivity in the Department. All students, postdocs, staff and faculty in MBG and associated Fields are welcome to join; for more information, go to their website.

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BMCB @ the Virtual Graduate School Fair — October 27 11am-3pm

Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology will be participating in the Graduate School’s Virtual Fair!  This will give prospective students the opportunity to  talk to staff, current students and faculty!

The Cornell University Graduate School is hosting a Virtual Graduate School Fair on Tuesday, October 27 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (eastern time).   More information and a link to register can be found here:

We hope you to see you there!

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.