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Recent News

April 20, 2021
Congrats to Sofia Rosa for her selection as an REU scholar this summer. Sofia will join the Drosophila aging team to figure out how to make flies live longer and healthier.

March 29, 2021
Kudos to Harshannie Kundun and Vicko Do for their VERSE awards! Both will join the lab this summer, working on a variety of projects related to DNA repair and damage tolerance.

March 22, 2021
We have a new Summer Scholar in the lab: Luana Machado! Luana will be studying stem cell hyperplasia and gut barrier integrity in aging Drosophila.

January 4, 2021
A hearty welcome to Dr. Sara Martin, who is joining us from Rick Wood’s lab at MD Anderson. She’ll be investigating mechanisms of damage tolerance in Drosophila.

October 24, 2020
First time the entire lab has been together in over 6 months. We enjoyed some socially distanced hiking!

July 9, 2020
Congrats to Terrence for the publication of his review about inaccurate double-strand break repair and how it impacts genome evolution. Read all about it on MDPI Journals.

June 22, 2020
A slow return to physical lab work…let the science continue!

June 5, 2020
Healthy Aging at Tufts awarded a pilot grant for our collaborative proposal with Jim Crott to investigate how specific anaerobic bacteria can promote longevity and healthspan in Drosophila. Thanks, Healthy Aging!

May 17, 2020
Congratulations to Sarah, Ishan, Ethan, Finn, and Gabe for graduating in the middle of a pandemic. We’ll celebrate soon!

March 13, 2020
The lab shut down today due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And yet the flies keep breeding! Time to practice some fly flipping at home…

March 11, 2020
Zoloft causes a slight increase in birth defects for children whose mothers take it during pregnancy. We’ve now found that it also causes oxidative damage that affects development in fruit flies. Fortunately, the solution seems to be to pair it with vitamin C! You can read all about it in our paper out today in Scientific Reports.

January 14, 2020
Want to know more about DNA polymerases in Drosophila? Here’s a useful guide, with contributions from our lab and many others.

November 4, 2019
Our paper showing that Drosophila PIF1 is important for double-strand break repair and replication fork protection was published today in Genetics. Many people contributed to this work, including undergraduates Ece Kocak, Alexandra Nemeth, and Catherine Coughlin, postdoc Sarah Dykstra, and graduate student Kasey Rodgers.

May 19, 2019
Two members of our lab family, Elise and Arpita, graduated from Tufts today. Off they fly!

April 19, 2019
Congratulations to Serra Muftu on her selection as a Laidlaw Fellow and Sofia Lombana for receiving a VERSE Scholar award. Both will use their awards to investigate the mysteries of genome instability in our lab this summer.

March 12, 2019
Sarah Shnayder was named as a Beckman Scholar today. She will collaborate with Dr. Jim Crott at the HNRCA and Dr. Michael Malamy at the Sackler School to investigate the effects of the microbiome on inflammaging in Drosophila.