Endia Blunt (Class of 2013) and Felicia New (Class of 2016)

Endia 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 (Class of 2010; Graduate May 2017) received the Wellnitz Award for her paper:

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 (Class of 2012) received the LPS Paper Award for her paper.

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 (Class of 2012) received the Calvo TA Award in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics

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.

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 (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.