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, 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.
Ethan Sanford, a 5th-year Ph.D. student in Marcus Smolka’s laboratory, received a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Cornell Center from Vertebrate Genomics (CVG) for his proposal, “Phosphoproteomics of Recombinational DNA Repair in Yeast and Mammalian Cells.” This competitive award includes a research budget that will aid Ethan’s thesis research on genome stability and DNA damage signaling pathways in yeast and mammalian cells.
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