Congratulations to the seven biology laboratories on moving to
their new space at 200 Boston Ave. in the Collaborative Cluster in
Genome Structure and Developmental Patterning. The seven include
Erik Dopman, Catherine Freudenreich, Steve Fuchs, Kelly McLaughlin,
Mitch McVey, Sergei Mirkin and Eric Tytell. They are joining the
Michael Levin lab, Center for Regenerative and Developmental
Biology, and the
Trimmer lab, Neuromechanics and biomimetic Devices Laboratory.
Be sure to check on the updated faculty
office hours, as some of the
times and locations have changed.
received a Tufts Collaborate Award to study how the quality of tea
from different management systems responds to increases in climate
variability. This is a collaborative project and brings together the
following experts from across the University: Albert Robbat,
Chemistry, Arts and Sciences; Timothy Griffin, Gerald J. and Dorothy
R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; David Small,
Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering and
Selena Ahmed, Biology, Arts and Sciences.
NSF has awarded Tufts an Integrated Graduate Education and
Research Training (IGERT) grant in the area of Soft Material
Robotics. This is a 5 year, $2.7million award that will fund 21 two
year interdisciplinary PhD student fellowships, a "Soft Robots BootCamp", an annual Innovation Competition and a significant
international collaboration with Universities in Pisa, Zurich and
Nottingham. The PI is Barry Trimmer (Biology) with co-PI
Kaplan (Biomedical Engineering) with the support and contributions
of 17 other Tufts faculty across the Schools of Arts & Sciences and
Engineering. This is an exciting development for interdisciplinary
research at Tufts.
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Jan Pechenik, Professor of
Biology, gave an invited, full-day workshop on scientific writing
for graduate students and post-doctoral investigators at the 6th
annual World Fisheries Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland in May.
After the conference he continued on to Norway, to do research at a
major fisheries laboratory on the island of Austevoll.
Visualizing Research @ Tufts Awards went to
Michael Levin and Daniel Lobo
(from the Levin Lab) for their submission entitled, "A New
Bioinformatics of Shape for Planarian Regeneration Modeling," which
won second place in the Illustrations category. Dany Adams (from the
Levin Lab) won third place in the Photography category for her
"electric face." The goals of the Visualizing Research @ Tufts Award
are to showcase Tufts research projects, enable opportunities for
collaboration and promote the use of visualization as a research
tool at Tufts University. Congratulations to our department winners!
Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow and Undergraduate News
Shoni Caine, 7th year doctoral candidate in the McLaughlin
lab, has been awarded the "Outstanding Graduate Student Contribution
to Undergraduate Research" at the Graduate Student Awards Ceremony.
Brook Chernet, 4th year doctoral candidate in the Levin Lab,
presented a poster at Harvard Medical's New England Science
Symposium, which featured 170 poster presentations from all over the
US and Canada, including two dozen participants from
Harvard/Dana-Farber research labs. After intensive grilling by 5
judges, his work won the *top* prize of the Dana-Farber/Harvard
Cancer Center award for best cancer poster presentation! The
president of Dana-Farber awarded him with a certificate and monetary
prize in recognition of his work on bioelectricity and cancer in
Xenopus. Go Brook!!
Selena Ahmed, NIH IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Colin
Orians lab, received two travel grants from the NSF IGERT Program in
Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in Southwest
China to present talks at the Association of American Geographers
2012 annual meeting in a panel titled, "Landscapes, Livelihoods, and
Environmental Change in Southwest China" and at the Himalayan
Studies meeting in a panel titled, "Biodiversity Conservation and
Sustainable Development in the Eastern Himalaya of Yunnan, China".
Selena also received a travel grant from Program 111 of the Chinese
Ministry of Education for field research in China on climate change
and tea production. This research and funding program was mentioned
in a news story titled "Tapping the Best Minds" in China's Global
Times, January 11, 2012.
Christine Lattin, 4th year doctoral candidate in the Romero
laboratory, presented work at the January 2012 Society for
Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting in Charleston, SC: a
poster, "Seasonal differences in the functioning of the
hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis and initial transference to
captivity in wild House Sparrows," and a presentation, "Effects of
chronic stress on brain and peripheral intracellular glucocorticoid
receptors in wild House Sparrows." Christine also received a
Graduate Student Research Award for my project, "How does chronic
stress change glucocorticoid receptor concentrations in different
Casey Diederich, 3rd year graduate student in the Pechenik
Laboratory, presented a poster at the SICB conference in January in
Charleston, SC. The title was "Intertidal and subtidal populations
of Crepidula fornicata experiencing drastically different thermal
conditions have similar physiological tolerance."
Brook Chernet, Ph.D. candidate Michael Levin lab, received a
School of Arts and Sciences Grant-in Aid award
Maria Lobikin, Ph.D. candidate Michael Levin lab, was invited
to attend the "Cell & Developmental Biology of XENOPUS" course at
the Cold spring harbor laboratory.
Robert de Bruijn, 4th year doctoral candidate in the Romero
laboratory, gave a talk at Morgan State University as part of their
Interdisciplinary Seminar Series. The title of the talk was: Is
Weather Stressful? Robert's current research has focused on stress
physiology, specifically on the behavioral and physiological
responses of wild-caught starlings to weather-related stimuli.
Anne A. Madden, fourth year doctoral candidate, was awarded a
2012 Grant-in-aid of research from the Society for Integrative and
Comparative Biology, and a 2012 (Sprint) Graduate Student Research
Award from the Tufts University Graduate School to perform research
on the gastrointestinal bacteria of House Sparrows as part of a
collaboration with the Romero Laboratory of Tufts University. Anne
presented a poster and oral presentation at the 6th Annual New
England Biology Conference (BioNES), titled: "Paper wasp bacterial
associates display antimicrobial activity." She was awarded the
Graduate Student Award for best oral presentation. Anne also gave a
presentation on her research at the high school leadership school in
Maine, Coastal Studies for Girls, which was written up in NPR's
Talking Science blog, a part of the Science Friday aspect of NPR.
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2011-2012 Publications by the Biology Department >