MBG Graduation Cermony Participants 2019

MBG Graduate Recognition Ceremony

MBG Graduation Cermony Participants 2019Graduates 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.

CVic Innocent

Cvic Innocent (PhD, 2015), GGD Alumni, awarded $1M grad from the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative to create new core facilities prototype

CVic InnocentBIO: 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 submits first-author paper to bioRxiv

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.

GGD Alumni Amanda Larracuente: Sequencing the Y Chromosome

Amanda Larracuente (PhD, 2010) recently published an article in the journal Genetics on her research sequencing a portion of the Y chromosome of the fruit fly. This ground-breaking research was featured in an article in Genomics Research.

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4th Biennial BMCB-GGD Symposium

BMCB-GGD Symposium 2018 logoThe BMCB-GGD Symposium is completely graduate student driven and organized.  It includes talks, discussion sessions, and a happy hour poster session.

Talks will take place in G10 of the Biotechnology Building and the Poster Session will take place at the Big Red Barn.  To reserve your spot in the discussion sessions, get a free lunch and drink ticket, and present at the poster session register now —  space is limited!

Cora Demler

Cora Demler receives a 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Cora Demler (Class of 2017) received an NSF grant as the result of her grant-writing course submission. This will help cover the 3-5th years of her program.

Jackie Bubnell appointed to Diversity Committee of GSA Early Career Scientist Leadership Program

Jackie Bubnell (Class of 2013) has been appointed to the Diversity Committee of the Genetics Society of America’s Early Career Scientist Leadership Program.  For more information, see the GSA website.  Jackie was also spotlighted in the GSA’s Genes to Genomes blog.

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.