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Daniel Lobo, postdoctoral fellow in the Levin Lab, accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to start his own lab.

Rachael Bonoan
, Ph.D. candidate in the Starks lab, attended two conferences: Protecting Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes in Hendersonville, NC and Social Insects in the North-East Regions 5 at Boston University. Rachael was also awarded the Tufts Institute of the Environment Travel Grant, and Nooria Al-Wathiqui and Rachael published a paper in Physiological Entomology (Bonoan RE, Al-Wathiqui N, Lewis S. 2015. Linking larval nutrition to adult reproductive traits in the European corn borer Ostrinia nubilalis. Physiological Entomology 40: 309-316).

Crista Wadsworth, Dopman Laboratory, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis, "The Mechanisms and Consequences of Evolution in Phenology". Congratulations Crista!

Charles van Rees, Ph.D. candidate in the Michael Reed Lab, was featured on 2 local Hawaiian TV shows that featured his research. They can be seen here.

Simran Kaushal, Ph.D. candidate in the Freudenreich Laboratory, was awarded second place in the Tufts Ignite competition. Every Fall students from AS&E have the opportunity to present their research in a five-minute presentation format to an audience and judges. Congratulations Sim!

Recent publications

Local and Long-range Endogenous Resting Potential Gradients Antagonistically Regulate Apoptosis and Proliferation in Embryonic CNS. Pai VP, Lemire JM, LinG, Chen Y, Levin M. In Press @ International Journal of Developmental Biology

Endogenous Gradients of Resting Potential Instructively Pattern Embryonic Neural Tissue via Notch Signaling and Regulation of Proliferation. Pai VP, Lemire JM, Pare JF, Lin G, Chen Y, Levin M. J Neurosci. 2015 Mar 11;35(10):4355-85.

Type 7 serotonin receptor, 5-HT7, is essential in the mammary gland for regulation of mammary epithelial structure and function. Pai VP, Hernandez LL, Stull MA, Horseman ND. Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:364746

Jewhurst, K., Levin, M., and McLaughlin, K.A., (2014) Optogenetic Control of Apoptosis in Targeted Tissues of Xenopus laevis Embryos. Journal of Cell Death 2014:7 25-31.

Grunst, M., Grunst, A., Parker, C.E., Romero, L.M., Rotenberry, J. 2015. Pigment-specific relationships between feather corticosterone concentrations and sexual coloration. Behav. Ecol. In Press.

Flower, J.E., Norton, T.M., Andrews, K.M., Nelson, S.E., Parker, C.E., Romero, L.M., Mitchell, M.A. 2015. Baseline plasma corticosterone, hematalogic, and biochemistry results in nesting and rehabilitating loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta). Conserv. Physiol. 3 (1): cov003 doi: 10.1093/conphys/cov003.

Ishtiaque Quasem and Stephen Fuchs coauthored a paper in Drug Discovery Today: Disease Models called Budding yeast as a model to study epigenetics in July 2014.

Submitted Paper

Musgrove, A.B., Wiebe, K.L., Parker, C.E., Romero, L.M. Relationships between measures of physiological performance, body condition, and plumage color: what indicates "quality" in nestlings? Submitted.