The Department of Biology is pleased to announce our new
Department Chair, Sergei Mirkin and Deputy Chair, Francie
Chew. As Prof. Chew is on leave this fall semester, Prof.
Harry Bernheim will be Acting Deputy Chair. Prof. Juliet
Fuhrman is stepping down as Department Chair after 6 years in
that position. We thank Juliet for her dedication and commitment to
our department over the years! Best of luck to all.
and his collaborator, Lisa Fauci, from Tulane University,
recently had two grants approved to continue their computational
work study the neural control and biomechanics of swimming fishes.
The National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical biology
awarded them $207,562 to study the impact of mechanosensory feedback
on the stability of a swimming organism with a flexible body. The
Army Research Office also recommended $358,530 to support their
studies of the interaction between the flexible body and the fluid
around it, and how that interaction can contribute to stable
Michael Reed, Professor of Biology, has been
selected to receive the 2013 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Faculty Mentoring Award. This award recognizes faculty members who
have demonstrated outstanding support of our graduate students from
course completion through research and post-degree placement.
The National Science Foundation awarded
Erik Dopman a $866,440
collaborative grant with Rick Harrison at Cornell to study the role
of ecology in the speciation process. Ecological barriers, the
result of divergent natural selection, are currently much studied,
but the primary focus has been on organisms in which divergence is
associated with the partitioning of habitats and resources. In
contrast, temporal isolation, a phylogenetically widespread class of
ecological isolation, has received relatively little recent
attention. His research focuses on life cycle variation in strains
of the European corn borer moth (ECB), and how genotypic and
phenotypic variation in development rate impact patterns of genetic
exchange in nature.
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.
received the second place award in the 2013 Graduate Student Photo Contest, for
"Head of a Xenopus laevis Tadpole."
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.
doctoral student in the Romero Lab, published 3 papers recently:
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
Crossin, G. T., R. A. Phillips, C. R. Lattin, L. M. Romero and T. D.
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
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.
doctoral candidate, with professor Philip Starks, and a former Tufts
undergraduate, Jon Soriano, published a paper entitled "Actinomycetes
with antimicrobial activity isolated from paper wasps," in the journal
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
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.