Awards and Honors


2014

Alise Muok

BMCB student Alise Muok was awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Alise Muok is a second year student in Dr. Brian Crane's lab. Her research is focused on determining the function and structure of proteins involved in bacterial chemotaxis.

   
Maria Liberti

Rebecca Simpson1st year BMCB students Maria Liberti & Rebecca Simpson received honorable mention for their NSF Graduate Research Fellowship applications.   

 

   
Najla Al-Sweel

BMCB student Najla Al-Sweel was awarded the prestigious Harry and Samuel Mann Outstanding Graduate Student Award

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BMCB students Judith Alonzo and Timothy West were awarded "Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research".  

Judith is also appointed as the Graduate School Recruitment Ambassador for BMCB.

 


2013

Danielle Kalkofen

BMCB student Danielle Kalkofen was awarded a CALS TA Award

Danielle Kalkofen is a senior student in Dr. Bill Brown’s lab. She was a TA for BIOMG 3340 – Computer Graphics and Molecular Biology. She was nominated for this award by Sr. Lecturer, Jim Blankenship.

   
Najla Al-Sweel

BMCB student Najla Al-Sweel was awarded a Calvo TA Award

Najla Al-Sweel is a second year student in Dr. Eric Alani’s lab. She was a TA for BIOMG 3310 – Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism. Her nomination was submitted by the instructor of this course, Dr. Jerry Feigenson.

   
Margaret Gustafson

BMCB student Margaret (Maggie) Gustafson was awarded a Calvo TA Award

Maggie Gustafson is a second year student in Dr. Chris Fromme’s lab. She was a TA for BIOMG 4400 – Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She was nominated for this award by Sr. Lecturer Helen Nivison.

   
Shengyi Sun

BMCB student Shengyi (Iris) Sun was awarded a Hsien Wu and Daisy Yen Wu Scholarship

Iris Sun is a fourth year student in Dr. Ling Qi’ lab. Her nomination for this award was submitted by Dr. Bill Brown.

   
Patrice Ohouo

BMCB student Patrice Ohouo was awarded the 2013 LPS Best Paper Award

Patrice Ohouo was a student in the laboratory of Dr. Marcus Smolka and recently defended his thesis. His first author paper titled “DNA-repair scaffolds dampen checkpoint signalling by counteracting the adaptor Rad9” was published in Nature 493, 120-124, 2013. Patrice is currently a postdoc with Dr. Emily Foley, Cell Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute in NYC.

   
Bridget Krefer

BMCB student Bridget Kreger was awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Bridget Kreger is a second year student in Dr. Rick Cerione’s lab, and her current research focuses on the formation of small vesicular structures that form on the surfaces of aggressive cancer cells and embryonic stem cells.

   
Erin Stephens

BMCB student Erin Stephens was awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Erin Stephens is a first year student who will be joining the laboratory of Dr. Matthew DeLisa. Research in the DeLisa lab focuses on the molecular machines of protein biosynthesis both as a toolbox for the discovery, design and manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals and as targets for reprogramming cellular physiology.

   
Satyaki Rajavasireddy

BMCB student Satyaki Rajavasireddy was awarded a 3CPG Travel Award

Satyaki Rajavasireddy is a senior student in Dr. Dan Barbash’s laboratory. His travel award will be used to attend the Gordon Research Conference on Mechanisms and Implications of Epigenetics to be held on August 4-9, 2013 at Bryant University, Smithfield, RI.

   
Ya-Shan Chuang

BMCB student Ya-Shan Chuang was awarded a scholarship from the Taiwan Government

Ya-Shan Chuang is a first year student who be joining the laboratory of Dr. Scott Emr. He has been awarded a two-year scholarship from the Taiwan Government.

2012

Amy Larson

Amy Larson was awarded a Calvo TA Award in 2012!

Amy is a 4th year student in Dr. Jeff Pleiss’ lab. She was a teaching assistant for the Principles of Biochemistry: Molecular Biology course (BIOMG 3320). Amy said: "Helping a student understand and appreciate any aspect of science, while making a difference in their lives, is one of the greatest feelings in the world."

   
Carolyn Hale

Carolyn Hale (formerly Fisher) was awarded an outstanding CALS TA Award in 2012!

Carolyn is a 4th year student in Dr. Linda Nicholson’s lab. She was nominated for this award by Jerry Feigenson with whom she worked while she was a TA for his Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism course (BIOMG 3310) during the fall of 2011. She will be working with him again as a PyMOL TA this upcoming fall for the same course. Carolyn was also a recipient of the Graduate Research in Teaching Fellowship this past spring.

   
Steven Petesch

BMCB student Steven Petesch was awarded the 2012 LPS Best Paper Award!

Steven was a student in Dr. John Lis’ lab and recently defended his thesis. His first authored paper titled "Activator-induced spread of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase promotes nucleosome loss at Hsp70." was published in Mol Cell. 2012 Jan 13;45(1):64-74. Epub 2011 Dec 15. His advisor John Lis commented: “In this paper, Steven describes the mechanistic details whereby a gene can rapidly disrupt its chromatin structure to permit efficient transcript elongation of RNA Polymerase II. These findings not only elucidate a novel mechanism to overcome the nucleosome barrier for transcript elongation but also illuminate potential functions of PARP in chromatin biology and DNA repair.” Steven published an earlier first author paper in Cell in 2008 and defended his thesis in April 2012.

   
Duyen Bui

BMCB student Duyen Bui won a Best Poster Prize at the 9th Annual Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Fellows and Scholars Conference, which took place at Louisiana State University from Tuesday, January 3 through Thursday, January 5, 2012. The title of her poster was: Does Incompatibility of DNA Mismatch Repair Genes Promote Adaptive Evolution? Duyen is a 3rd year student in Dr. Eric Alani’s lab.

2011

Liu Yang

BMCB student Liu Yang awarded AHA predoctoral fellowship

BMCB student Liu Yang is awarded the American Heart Association predoctoral fellowship. Liu is a graduate student in Dr. Ling Qi's lab, and her research focuses on the role of unfolded protein response in physiological and disease settings.

   
Patrice Ohouo

BMCB student Patrice Ohouo awarded NIH fellowship

Patrice Ohouo, a 4th year BMCB student in Marcus Smolka's lab was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship from the NIH. Patrice's research focuses on elucidating the mechanistic role of replication checkpoint signaling in DNA damage repair.

   
FoSheng Hsu

BMCB student FoSheng Hsu is a Winner in the Dance Your Ph.D. Contest

FoSheng Hsu is one of four winners (chemistry category) in Science magazine’s fourth annual "Dance Your Ph.D." contest, a competition that recognizes the best dance interpretations of scientific doctoral work. Each dance had to be based on a scientist's Ph.D. research, and that scientist had to be part of the dance. A record 55 dances were submitted from all over the world to this year's contest. Sixteen finalists were chosen by six previous winners of the contest. The finalists were then scored by a panelist of judges that included scientists from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Boston University, as well as choreographers from Pilobolus and the entire dance cast of Shadowland. FoSheng was the only winner from the U.S.

To view FoSheng’s winning dance go to following websites: http://vimeo.com/30278234, http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/10/dance-your-phd-winner-announced.html

   
Hojoong Kwak

BMCB student Hojoong Kwak received prestigious HHMI predoctoral fellowship!

The major goal of Hojoong's research in the Lis lab is to identify the major factors and to dissect the mechanisms of RNA polyerase II (Pol II) pausing and elongation. For this purpuse, the analysis of the Pol II associated nascent RNA by high throughput sequencing is being exploited as well as other conventional methods to determine the precise position and the status of Pol II molecules in vivo.

More about the fellowship at HHMI.

   

BMCB student Iris Sun received prestigious HHMI predoctoral fellowship!

Iris' research in the Qi lab aims to understand the underlying mechanisms precluding the chronic inflammation in obesity. Particularly, I am interesting in the molecular basis of communication between immune cells and adipocytes in adipose tissue. To this end, I use various gene knockout approaches to investigate the regulation of inflammation in the context of obesity.

More about the fellowship at HHMI.

   

BMCB student Erin Wissink was awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

Erin is a third year student in Dr. Andrew Grimson's lab, and her current research focuses on designing a high-throughput functional reporter screen that can measure the ability of thousands of cis-acting sequences to affect post-transcriptional gene regulation.

   
Damien Garbett

BMCB student Damien Garbett was awarded the 2011 LPS Best Paper Award!

Damien is a sixth year student in Dr. Tony Bretscher’s lab. His first authored paper titled "The scaffolding protein EBP50 regulates microvillar assembly in a phosphorylation-dependent manner" was published in the October 2010 issue of JCB. In this paper, Damien found that EBP50, an apical scaffolding protein, is required for microvilli and systematically determined which of its various interactions play a role in regulating these apical surface structures. Using biochemical methods, he also found that phosphorylation of EBP50 regulates its ability to engage in multiple simultaneous interactions, which in turn regulates its function in microvillar biogenesis.

Damien is currently finishing up another paper on the dynamics of EBP50 and plan to defend his thesis in the early Fall.

   
Aaron Plys

BMCB student Aaron Plys was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to perform epigenetic research in Cyprus!

Aaron, a native of Minnesota, was a student in Dr. Eric Alani’s lab and just defended his thesis in early June. The Fulbright Scholarship will allow him to perform research in the laboratory of Dr. Antonis Kirmizis at the University of Cyprus in the upcoming year. He will be working on a genome wide screen to identify factors involved in histone arginine methylation.

   
Mengqiao Wang

BMCB student Mengqiao Wang was awarded the 2011 Hsien Wu and Daisy Yen Wu Scholarship!

Wengqiao is a fifth year student in Dr. Ruth Colin’s lab. He is interested in how dynamic post-translational lysine acetylation could function to regulate cellular activities. Particularly, his Ph.D. project aims to study a lysine deacetylase that displays unique bud-neck localization in S. cerevisiae."

   
FoSheng Hsu

BMCB student FoSheng Hsu was awarded the 2011 Rita & Toe Calvo Teaching Award!

Fo is a second year student in Dr. Yuxin Mao’s lab. He was a TA for the Principles of Biochemistry class. He held review sessions and office hour for ~20 students twice a week. He loved interacting with students and found the teaching experience to also enhance his communication skills.

   
Laura Albulescu

BMCB student Laura Albulescu was awarded the MBG Award for Exemplary Service as a Teaching Assistant!

Laura is a fourth year student in Dr. Jeff Pleiss’ lab. She was a TA for the Laboratory for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology class. The instructor for the course encountered unexpected medical emergencies and Laura took over most of the teaching for the entire semester. Laura did a great job and feedbacks from the students were extremely positive.