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Anne A. Madden, doctoral student in the Starks lab, was one of eight individuals awarded a two year Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Microbiology of the Built Environment Postdoctoral Fellowship. She will be pursuing research investigating the contribution of arthropods to the microbial communities of houses in association with Dr. Noah Fierer of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Dr. Rob Dunn of North Carolina State University. Congratulations Anne!
Tufts University has selected Shoni Caine's doctoral dissertation, entitled "Repair and regeneration of the pronephric kidney in Xenopus laevis tadpoles", to be nominated for the 2013 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. This selection was made by the university administration, among all doctoral dissertations in the field of Biological and Life Sciences submitted between July 2011 and June 2013.
Shoni Caine received the second place award in the 2013 Graduate Student Photo Contest, for "Head of a Xenopus laevis Tadpole."
Biology Union of Graduate Students won the Graduate Student Council Outstanding Graduate Student Organization for the 2012-2013 academic year. Also, Jennifer Mortenson, Jennifer Nguyen, Nooria Al-Wathiqi, Christine Lattin, and Simran Kaushal all won Tufts Graduate Student Research Awards. Congrats!
Professor of Biology, and Jane Kim, Postdoctoral Research Associate in
the Mirkin Lab, recently published a review article in Current Opinion in
Genetics and Development. The issue (June 2013) focuses on the molecular and
genetic bases of disease. Their contribution, "The balancing act of DNA repeat
expansions," describes mechanisms of aberrant DNA replication that contributes
to microsatellite repeat instability.
Lattin, C. R. and L. M. Romero. 2013. Seasonal variation in corticosterone receptor binding in brain, hippocampus and gonads in house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Auk 130(4).
Crossin, G. T., R. A. Phillips, C. R. Lattin, L. M. Romero and T. D. Williams. 2013. Corticosterone mediated costs of reproduction link current to future breeding. General and Comparative Endocrinology 193: 112-120.
Medina, C. O., C. R. Lattin and L. M. Romero. 2013. There is no correlation between glucocorticoid receptor mRNA and protein expression in the brain of house sparrows (Passer domesticus). General and Comparative Endocrinology 193:27-36.
Carolyn Bauer, doctoral student in the Romero Lab, was awarded a research grant from the Animal Behavior Society, a research grant from Sigma Xi, and a travel award from the Graduate Women in Science.
postdoctoral research associate in the Romero Lab, accepted a tenure-track
Assistant Professor position at Oklahoma State University. Congratulations
Sarah! We’ll miss you.
Anne Madden gave an oral presentation entitled "The mycobiomes of sympatric native and invasive paper wasp species," at the spring 2013, Eastern branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Lancaster, PA.
Nealia House, Freudenreich Lab, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis, “Histone modifications promote DNA repair fidelity to prevent disease associated CAG repeat expansions.” Nicole Soltis, Orians Lab, successfully defended her Research Masters thesis, "Costs of herbivory: Resource partitioning and biomechanics in Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) under exotic herbivore attack." Adam Thomas from the McVey Lab also defended his Ph.D. thesis, "A Drosophila model of chemotherapy: Targeting DNA Repair and Drug Detoxification." Congratulations Nealia, Nicole and Adam!
Congratulations to Shoni Caine from the McLaughlin Lab for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis, “Repair and regeneration of the pronephric kidney in Xenopus laevis tadpoles.” Great job, Shoni!
Casey Diederich, graduate student in the Pechenik Lab, has been awarded “Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education” by the Graduate Student Council. Also, the Biology Union of Graduate Students (BUGS) was awarded Outstanding Graduate Organization.
Nealia House, doctoral student in the Freudenreich Lab, has been selected to receive the 2013 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education Award. This award recognizes a student who has distinguished him/herself in excellence in their teaching and mentoring of undergraduates. This award will be presented to Nealia at the Annual Graduate Student Awards Ceremony. Congratulations Nealia!
Congratulations to the 2013 Russell L. Carpenter Summer Internship recipients, Summer Morrill, A'15, and Connor Clairmont, A'14. The Russell L. Carpenter Fund for Teaching and Research in Biology was established in 1983 by Dr. Cynthia McFadden and Dr. Russell F. Carpenter in honor of their father, distinguished Tufts alumnus and Professor of Zoology, Russell LeGrand "Bud" Carpenter, A24, H77.