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Recent News

May 23, 2017
Congratulations to Gina, Hanna, Natalie, and Dave on their graduation from Tufts today!

May 12, 2017
Our story about Pol theta and its domain-specific roles in ICL repair and alternative end joining was accepted today by PLoS Genetics. Kudos to Kelly, Alice, Robin, Nikolai, and Amy, and thanks to the Scharer and Wood labs for their invaluable contributions with the biochemistry.

May 1, 2017
Gina Tomarchio earned Highest Thesis Honors today for her independent research investigating how Rev1 promotes tolerance to alkylating agents in Drosophila. Truly REVolutionary…

March 27, 2017
Felicitaciones to Jane Blackmer, who was named a Tufts Summer Scholar, and to Juan Castaneda, who was awarded the Carpenter Fellowship. Both will be continuing their research in the lab this summer.

December 1, 2016
Varandt's review about the involvement of various polymerases in homologous recombination repair was just published in the Annual Review of Genetics. The review was a fun joint effort between our lab and Wolf Heyer's lab at UC-Davis.

November 14, 2016
Kelly's paper showing that Pol theta repairs DNA breaks that accumulate during gene amplification in follicle cells was published today. This was a great collaboration with Jessica Alexander and Terry Orr-Weaver at MIT.

June 17, 2016
Hearty congratulations to Dr. Kelly Beagan, who successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis about Pol theta today. The celebration with her outside examiner, Dr. Rick Wood, was well-earned!

May 22, 2016
Five senior undergraduates from the lab walked across the graduation stage today. Best wishes and bright futures for Catie, Ece, Alex, Noa, and Connor. Keep in touch!

May 2, 2016
Catie Donlon earned Highest Thesis Honors for her independent research describing how the drug sertraline affects Drosophila development.

April 26, 2016
Alex Schmidt earned Highest Thesis Honors for his research investigating how the SPHRH protein influences repair of chemically-induced DNA damage in Drosophila.

October 19, 2015
Kelly's review about DNA polymerase theta was accepted by CMLS today. There's a lot of interest in this protein right now—stay tuned...

August 5, 2015
Kasey finished off her M.S. degree in style with a rousing defense of her Pif1 studies today. Her mom was present at the celebration and is happy that Kasey will be returning to sunny California!

May 20, 2015
Kasey's review on error-prone double-strand break repair was accepted for publication in the Journal of Cellular Physiology. It's an overview of recent papers which describe the mechanisms by which mutations arise during alternative end-joining and homologous recombination.

April 30, 2015
Julie defended her senior thesis and garnered Highest Honors today. She handled the committee's tough questions without breaking a sweat.

March 30, 2015
Gina Tomarchio was named a Tufts 2015 Summer Scholar! She will continue her investigations this summer on domain-specific functions of DNA polymerase theta.

March 7, 2015
Julie Cox presented her research on the roles of DNA helicases in homologous recombination today. She is the first student from the lab to give a talk at the Undergraduate Symposium at the Fly Conference. She celebrated with some Chicago-style deep-dish pizza…