Cvic Innocent, an alumni of the Field of GGD, was named as a 2022 Woman in Optics by the International Society for Optics & Photonics. Read her profile here.
Graduate students from Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology (BMCB), Genetics, Genomics and Development (GGD), Biophysics, and the department of Microbiology and Biomedical and Biological Sciences (BBS) are organizing Life Sciences Diversity Recruitment Weekend – a virtual information session geared towards helping historically underrepresented minority students navigate the graduate school application process. This event will take place virtually June 11-12.
If interested, please fill out a short application before May 15. For more information about the weekend and application process, go to the event website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter!
Julius Judd (Class of 2017) published a paper entitled “Pioneer-like factor GAF cooperates with PBAP (SWI/SNF) and NURF (ISWI) to regulate transcription“ in the journal Genes & Development. His article was featured in an article in the Cornell Chronicle. Julius is a graduate student in the lab of John Lis.
Graduate students in the MBG graduate programs established the MBG Diversity Council. The mission of this group is to promote, enhance and expand the diversity of the MBG community. They initiate and support programing that promotes inclusivity in the Department. All students, postdocs, staff and faculty in MBG and associated Fields are welcome to join; for more information, go to their website.
Genetics, Genomics & Development will be participating in the Graduate School’s Virtual Fair! This will give prospective students the opportunity to talk to staff, current students and faculty!
The Cornell University Graduate School is hosting a Virtual Graduate School Fair on Tuesday, October 27 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (eastern time). More information and a link to register can be found here: http://bit.ly/CornellGradFair
We hope you to see there!
The process for elucidating pathways in RNA biology that are critical for gene expression in eukaryotes in Jeff Pleiss’s lab has been instrumental in the development of Cornell’s COVID testing program. Zach Dwyer (Class of 2014) helped write the scripts for the liquid handlers to prepare sample pools, which has been important in allowing Cornell COVID-19 Testing Laboratory (CCTL) to achieve such a high volume of test results. The Pleiss lab is also exploring other ways to support and streamline CCTL’s testing capabilities. Read the Cornell Chronicle article here.
Donald Long (Class of 2019) was awarded a fellowship through the NSF GRFP program. Don is in the Praveen Sethupathy lab.
His research focuses on tumor metabolism in Fibrolamellar Carcinoma (FLC), a rare form of liver cancer that is highly metastatic with a low rate of detection. This disease results in devastating levels of mortality in individuals with a median age of 20; currently, there are no viable treatments. Specifically, Don is investigating the role of a novel protein transporter in promoting FLC tumor growth and also exploring how specific microRNAs may contribute to the regulation of glycolysis and FLC cell survival.
Graduates from the Fields of BMCB, Biophysics and GGD participated in the first annual MBG Graduate Recognition Ceremony. Hosted by Chris Fromme, DGS of BMCB and Faculty Advisor of the MBG Diversity Council, this event allowed members of the Department and Fields to recognize and congratulate the participants and their families. For a look at Graduate School pictures from the PhD Hooding Ceremony, go to the Grad School flickr album.
BIO: Cvic Innocent’s expertise is in the testing and diagnostics of customized microscopy instrumentation. Her journey in imaging started in graduate school at Cornell University, where her thesis focused on vesicular trafficking dynamics in fly synapses. She then finished a postdoc at Oxford University, where her research centered on the application of reversible-switchable fluorescent proteins for use in non-linear SIM. Routinely using, creating and customizing computational tools to better quantify images is why she enjoys explaining the fundamentals of nontraditional microscopy. As the Assistant Director of the Cellular Imaging Core and as research scientist at the Harvard Medical School, she consults on the relevant and unique light microscopy methods used in advanced imaging.
PROJECT: There needs to be a new prototype of what the standard service imaging core can be. Such facilities do not need to compete with cores devoted to custom instrumentation, nor must they solely rely on box-commercial systems. To achieve this prototype, Cvic will: 1) facilitate tight-knit collaborations between cores, researchers, and microscopy vendors; 2) hold structured microscopy and optics education courses introducing new research technology or approaches; and 3) recruit new talent into imaging core management. Lastly, for microscopy education to be best applied and pervasive, Cvic will facilitate the education of core staff scientists via inter-core collaborations and exchanges.
Carolyn Milano (Class of 2013) has submitted a first-author article on her research to bioRxiv — Mutation of the ATPase domain of MutS homolog-5 (MSH5) reveals a requirement for a functional MutSγ complex for all crossovers in mammalian meiosis. Carolyn is in the lab of Paula Cohen in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
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