Student & Alumni Honors and Achievements

Endia Blunt

Felicia NewEndia Blunt (Class of 2013) and Felicia New (Class of 2016) were honored in the inaugural pinning ceremony for Graduate School Deans Scholars. The mission of the Deans Scholar Program is to connect scholars from across graduate fields. "The Graduate School Deans Scholars are a distinguished group of graduate students who are making significant contributions to their fields through their academic achievement, scholarship, and community engagement," Barbara Knuth, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School

Fabiana Duarte

Fabiana Duarte (Class of 2010; Graduate May 2017) received the Wellnitz Award for her paper: Duarte FM, Fuda NJ, Mahat DB, Core LJ, Guertin MJ, Lis JT. (2016) Transcription factors GAF and HSF act at distinct regulatory steps to modulate stress-induced gene activation. Genes and Development 30(15):1731-46.
Fabiana also received the Calvo TA Award in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics.  Fabiana was the teaching assistant in John Lis's course, The Nucleus (BIOMG 6390) in Spring 2016.

Fabiana is currently in a post-doc position in the Lis lab and will be beginning her position at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research..

Nithya Kartha

Nithya Kartha (Class of 2012) received the LPS Paper Award for her paper: 

Kartha N, Shen L, Maskin C, Wallace M, Schimenti JC. (2016) The Chromatin Remodeling Component Arid1a Is a Suppressor of Spontaneous Mammary Tumors in Mice. Genetics 203(4):1601-11.

Zijing Zhang

Zijing Zhang (Class of 2012) received the Calvo TA Award in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics.  Zijing was the teaching assistant in Michael Goldberg's course, Laboratory in Genetics & Genomics (BIOMG 6390) in Fall 2016.

Zijing is a graduate student in Mariana Wolfner's lab.

Melissa DeGroot

Melisa DeGroot (Class of 2015) was awarded an NSF predoctoral fellowship.  This award will cover the 3rd-5th years of her program.

Melisa is a graduate student in the lab of Jun "Kelly" Liu. Her research project is "Characterization of a new modulator of the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling pathway in C. elegantI."

Michelle Hulke

Michelle Hulke (Class of 2015) was awarded an NSF predoctoral fellowship. This award will cover the 3rd-5th years of her program.

Michelle is a graduate student in the lab of Amnon Koren. Her research focuses on DNA replication timing in humans, specifically the location of the origins of replication. Her goal is to determine whether replication begins from discrete origin locations or across a dispersed region and how replication timing plays a role in genetic diseases.

Asmita Bhattacharya

Asmita Bhattacharya (Class of 2013) was awarded an AHA predoctoral fellowship, which will cover her 4th and 5th years in the program.

Asmita is currently In Absentia, working on her PhD in the lab of her mentor, Ling Qi, who recently left Cornell for the University of Michigan. Asmita's research project is "Sel1L-Hrd1 mediated ERAD regulates cholesterol homeostasis in liver via degradation of HMG-CR."

Joo Hyun Im

Joo Hyun Im (2013) was selected as one of ten nominees for HHMI International Research Fellowship.

HHMI reviewed 347 applications. Although she was not a recipient, we believe that she definitely fits the criteria of having "a high potential to make innovative contributions to science in the future."
Joo Hyun is a PhD student in the lab of Brian Lazzaro, studying the function and evolution of infection responses in Drosophila.

Mahya Mehrmohamadi

Mahya Mehrmohamadi (Class of 2012; Graduate January 2017) was chosen from a large number of nominees to be the only Cornell graduate student to be nominated for the National Cancer Institute Predoc to Postdoc Transition Award.

Mahya's PhD program was jointly mentored by Andrew Clark and Jason Locasale (who recently joined the faculty at Duke University). Her research project focuses on study various roles of one-carbon metabolism in human cancer.   After graduation, Mahya joined the Alizadeh lab in the Stanford School of Medicine, Division of Oncology.

Simone White

Simone White, a graduate student in genetics, genomics and development, has been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study, one of 30 fellowships given to outstanding students who are pursuing a Ph.D. in the life sciences and who are committed to increasing diversity among scientists.

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Simone was previously awarded the “Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.”

Aparna Mahadevan

Aparna Mahadevan (2009) received Paul Henion Graduate Student Travel Award and the Best Student Presentation Honorable Mention at the Society for Developmental Biology 74th Annual Meeting.

In 2015, Aparna Mahadevan received the 2015 Wellnitz Best Paper Award. Her first author paper entitled “The left-right Pitx2 pathway drives organ-specific arterial and lymphatic development in the intestine” was published in Developmental Cell 31: 690-706, 2015.

She is a graduate student in Dr. Natasza Kurpios' lab.

Simone White

Simone White (2012) was inducted into the Cornell chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.

Simone White is jointly supervised by Drs. Mariana Wolfner and Andy Clark.

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Jaclyn Bubnell

Jaclyn Bubnell (2013) was awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Jaclyn Bubnell is in Dr. Chip Aquadro's lab. Her research focuses on the functional consequences of the adaptive evolution of germline stem cell genes in Drosophila

Amy Poe

Amy Poe (2013) received Honorable Mention for her application of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Amy Poe is a student who in Dr. Chun Han's lab. Her research will focus on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of dendrite morphogenesis in Drosophila sensory neurons.

Joel Brown

Joel Brown (2012) received the CALS Outstanding TA Award.

Joel Brown is in Dr. Maria Garcia-Garcia’s lab. He was a TA for BioMG1350-Introductory Biology: Cell and Developmental Biology. He was nominated by one of the instructors of the course, Dr. Maria Garcia-Garcia.

Daniel Zinshteyn

Daniel Zinshteyn (2012) received Honorable Mention for his application of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Daniel Zinshteyn is a PhD student in Dr. Dan Barbash’s lab. His research focuses on the evolution of proteins involved in germline stem cell differentiation and heterochromatin stability in Drosophila.

Tiffany St. Bernard

Tiffany St. Bernard was admitted to the GGD program, but transferred to the Field of Biomedical Engineering (BME). She is currently working toward her PhD in that Field.

Tiffany St. Bernard was admitted to the GGD program, but transferred to the Field of Biomedical Engineering (BME). She is currently working toward her PhD in that Field.