Lina 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 (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 (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 (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”.
Philip Versluis (Class of 2018) won a Graduate Research Fellowship Award from the National Science Foundation. His proposal was entitled “Elucidating the Mechanisms of RNA Polymerase II Proximal Promoter Pause Release”. Philip is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. John Lis, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics.
The National Institute of Health has awarded Megan Rothstein (Class of 2016) a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31). Megan is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Marcos Simoes-Costa in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics.
Two BMCB students won awards for their posters presented at the 2019 Cornell Stem Cell Symposium. Jackie Copeland (Class of 2018) won first prize for her poster entitled “Genome-Wide Identification of MIRNAs Regulating Neural Crest Stem Cell Identity.” Jackie works with Dr. Marcos Simoes-Costa in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics. Paula Petrella (Class of 2017) won third prize for her poster entitled “Single-Cell Profiling of the Adaptive Signaling Alternations Mediating Evolved Resistance to Dual PARP/PI3K Chemotherapy in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.” Paula works with Dr. Ben Cosgrove in the Nancy E. and Peter C. Neinig School of Biomedical Engineering.
Ryan Feathers (Class of 2017) has been awarded a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. Ryan is a graduate student in the lab of Chris Fromme.
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.
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