Adam South, a 4th year doctoral student in the laboratory
of Professor Sara M. Lewis, received a National Science
Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for his
proposal entitled: "The identification, RNAi knockdown and
characterization of seminal fluid proteins in Tribolium castaneum".
Adam will be performing this work in collaboration with Dr. Yui Suzuki
at Wellesley College.Anne A. Madden, a second year doctoral student in the laboratory of
Associate Professor Philip Starks, was awarded a 2010 National
Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellowship. Anne
researches the microbes associated with an invasive paper wasp (Polistes
dominulus) and will be studying the effect of host specificity on
insect microbial communities.
Michael Simon, a sixth year doctoral student in the laboratory of
Professor Barry Trimmer, gave an invited talk, as part of a Tufts
University Community Outreach program, at the Brooksby Village
Center in Peabody, MA, entitled "Caterpillar Inspiration: Building a
Tegan Morton has been accepted to the 2010 Graduate Institute for
Teaching (GIFT). The GIFT program is an opportunity for graduate
students to learn teaching and communication skills through both
intensive instruction from tenured professionals, and through
hands-on association with a faculty mentor during a university
The 12th annual presentation of graduate student awards was held on
Friday, April 23. The following members of the Biology Department
Graduate Student Research Awards AS&E (fall 2009 and spring 2010)
were awarded to: Kartik Shah, Alexandra Thorn, Noah Wilson-Rich,
Anne Madden, Tegan Morton and Ansel Payne.
Jason Heustis, GSC President, and fifth year doctoral student in the
laboratory of Associate Professor Juliet Fuhrman, received the GSC
Service Award and well as the Robert P. Guertin Award for Graduate
Student Leadership AS&E.
Associate Professor Philip Starks and Assistant Professor Mitch
McVey received the Outstanding Faculty Contribution to Graduate
Anne Madden won 2nd prize in the Graduate Student Photo Contest.
Adam South, graduate student in the Lewis Lab, received a
fellowship from the National Science Foundation to do research this
past summer in Taiwan. He worked in the lab of Ping-Shih Yang, a
professor of entomology at National Taiwan University in Taipei,
investigating chemical defenses and characterizing nuptial gift
production in Taiwanese fireflies.
Read more about Adam's work with fireflies >
Melissa Koch joined the Freudenreich lab in July.
She is a fellow of the Tufts TEACRS program, which aims to prepare postdoctoral
fellows for academic careers through training in teaching, career development
skills, and research.
Shoni Caine attended
the National Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) in San Francisco last month
and presented a poster entitled "Restoration of the pronephric kidney in
Xenopus laevis tadpoles". I obtained both a Tufts Graduate Student Travel
Award as well as a Student/Post-doc Travel Award from the SDB to attend the
conference. I also received an "honorary mention" for my poster, as well as a
text book award entitled "Ecological Developmental Biology: Integrating
Epigenetics, Medicine, and Evolution" by Scott Gilbert & David Epel.
Ayron Strauch and Francie Chew were featured in an
online article this past month that was written for
Discovery.com and circulated by
MSNBC.com, amongst other places.
Ansel Payne was elected vice president of the
Cambridge Entomological Club for 2009-2010.
Minda Berbeco received a Graduate Women in Science Travel Grant; was a
Graduate Institute For Teaching Fellow and presented at the Ecological Society
of America conference.
Huai-ti Lin was awarded
a Doctoral dissertation improvement grant from the NSF. He attended and
presented at a Conference in Glasgow over the summer
Ranjith Anand received a scholarship from the
Keystone Symposia to attend the conference "Genome Instability and DNA Repair"
in Taos, NM, March 2009.
Ranjith also gave talks on his research at both the
Boston Area Yeast Meeting (Harvard/Broad) and the DNA Repair and Mutagenesis
Meeting (MIT) in 2008 and 2009.
Biology Graduate Student, Christine Surka, and
Postdoctoral Fellow, Lionel Gellon, attended the Unstable Microsatellites
and Human Disease conference in Costa Rica. Christine presented a poster on
replication stalling and stabilization at Fragile X CGG repeats and Lionel
presented a poster on the role of the Tof1/Mrc1 complex in replication of CAG
repeats. They both received an award from the poster contest selection
committee and $500 from the University of Costa Rica.
Priya Sundararajan graduated with a PhD, Feb 2009.
Thesis title: "Double Strand Break repair Pathways modulate CAG Repeat
Instability and Cytotoxicity"
Carolyn Miazga graduated with a PhD, July 2009.
Thesis title: "Notch Signaling Mediates Cell Fate Decisions During Gastrulation
in Xenopus laevis"
Nealia House graduated with her Masters in Science,
May 2009. Thesis Title: "The effect of chromatin structure on CAG/CTG repeat