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Irma Fernandez

Irma Fernandez receives 2021 Advanced Career Exemplary Service award

Irma FernandezIrma Fernandez (Class of 2016) was awarded an Advanced Career Exemplary Service award for her many contributions to creating a more diverse, inclusive and accessible environment, not only within the Field of BMCB and the Department of MBG, but in graduate education across the Cornell campus. Read about Irma’s award and her many achievements here.

Julius Judd

Julius Judd receives 2021 Mann Award

Julius Judd
Julius Judd (Class of 2017) was awarded the 2021 Harry and Samuel Mann Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Julius is co-mentored by John Lis and Cedric Feschotte, who nominated him for this award. Julius was featured in an article in the Cornell Chronicle and in the Graduate School Student Spotlights.

Ravi Patel

Ravi Patel receives Wellnitz Award for paper in Nucleic Acids Research

Ravi PatelRavi Patel, a graduate student in the Grimson lab (and recent graduate) received the Wellnitz Award for their paper in Nucleic Acids Research. They have developed an experimental approach, Combined Analysis of RNA-seq and PRO-seq (CARP), to disentangle microRNA-mediated gene regulatory networks. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate key biological processes by modulating the expression of direct targets: messenger RNAs that are physically bound by miRNAs. In addition to these direct targets, miRNAs also elicit a downstream cascade of changes triggered by the altered levels of the direct targets: indirect targets. These direct and indirect targets together form complex gene regulatory networks, which are extremely difficult to decipher using existing techniques. CARP enabled the authors to identify the true direct targets of microRNAs, and their indirect targets. Thus, Patel et al are able to reveal the regulatory networks controlled by miRNAs with significantly improved precision. Read more about their work here.
CARP graphical abstract figure

Jordana Bloom

Jordana Bloom Awarded the LPS First Author Outstanding Paper of the Year Award

Jordana BloomJordana Bloom’s first author research paper as a graduate student in Dr. John Schimenti’s lab entitled “Sexually Dimorphic DNA Damage Responses and Mutation Avoidance in the Mouse Germline” was recognized as this year’s 2020 LPS First Author Outstanding Paper of the Year by a graduate student in the field of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology (BMCB). Jordana would like to “thank Frank Meleca who sponsored the award, John for being an excellent thesis advisor, and all my family, friends, and mentors who supported me along the way!”

MBG Graduate Students Receive Outstanding TA Awards


Our students move science forward not only through their own research in their labs but also by helping increase knowledge about science and scientific research in Cornell classrooms!

Sara Downs (BMCB Class of 2018) received an Outstanding Teaching Award for her work in BIOMG1350: Cell & Developmental Biology.

Dashiell Massey (GGD Class of 2016) received a CALS Outstanding Teaching Assistant award for his role in BIOMG 2801: Laboratory in Genetics & Genomics.

Aakarsha Pandey (BMCB Class of 2017) was selected as an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Office of Undergraduate Biology – BIOG 1445: Introduction to Comparative Anatomy and Physiology.

Derek Wei (BMCB Class of 2019) was awarded a CALS Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for his support in BIOMG 3340: Computer Graphics & Molecular Biology.

Congratulations to you all!