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Stefan AnghelMaureen CeteraSean GibbonsDaniela PalmerDaniel Rabe


Jonathan RosenfieldAdrian SanchezChristopher SchellLaura SouthcottJason TorresJiajie Xu

Andrei (Stefan) Anghel, of the Cell and Molecular Biology program, received a doctoral fellowship from Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, Germany. His advisor is Dr. Robert Keenan.

Maureen Cetera, of the Committee on Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology, won a first place poster prize at the 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, held in San Diego. Her advisor is Dr. Sally Horne-Badovinac.

Sean Gibbons, of the Biophysical Sciences program, won the Erasmus Mundus Scholars Scholarship for the Erasmus Mundus Master Course "European MSc in Marine Environment and Resources" for 2013-2015.

Daniela Palmer, of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, received a NSF EAPSI fellowship to fund field research in Asia this summer. Her advisor is Dr. Marcus Kronforst.

Daniel Rabe, of the Committee on Cancer Biology, has been accepted to participate in the NIH Clinical Center's Clinical and Translational Research course for PhD students in July, 2014. His advisor is Dr. Marsha Rosner.

Jonathan Rosenfield, of the Committee on Medical Physics, was selected to present at the John R. Cameron Young Investigator Competition at the 56th annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine this July in Austin, Texas. His advisor is Dr. Patrick LaRiviere.

Adrian Sanchez, of in the Committee on Medical Physics, was a Robert F. Wagner Best Student Paper Conference Finalist at the SPIE Medical Imaging Symposium. His advisor is Dr. Xiaochun Pan.

Christopher Schell, of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, was awarded a 2014 UNCF Merck Graduate Science Research Fellowship. His advisor is Dr. Rachel Santymire.

Laura Southcott , of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, was awarded a NSERC post-graduate fellowship.

Jason Torres , of the Committee on Immunology, was accepted through a competitive process to participate in a course on the genetics of complex diseases at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. His advisor is Dr. Nancy Cox.

Jiajie Xu , of the Committee on Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology, won a Children's Tumor Foundation Young Investigator's Award. His advisor is Dr. Richard Fehon.


Congratulations to NSF Winners!

NSF grants were awarded to:

Hector Acaron, Biophysical Sciences

Adam Hardy, Integrative Biology

Alyssa Harker, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophsyics

Joshua Riback, Biophysical Sciences

Darcy Ross, Integrative Biology

Joel Smith, Ecology and Evolution

Kevin Song, Biophysical Sciences

Hector AcaronAdam HardyAlyssa HarkerJoshua RibackDarcy RossJoel SmithKevin Song


Congratulations as well to those that received an Honorable Mention:

Lindsey Fong, Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology

Hilary Katz, Integrative Biology

Erin McAuley, Molecular Pathogenesis and Molecular Medicine

Chris Quintanilla, Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology

Corey Seacrist, Biophysical Sciences

Claire Stevenson, Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology


Multicultural Graduate Community awarded Innovation Grant

On behalf of the Multicultural Graduate Community, Joyce Pieretti and Daniela Palmer applied for an Innovation Grant from the Provost's Office. They have received notice that it was funded. Their project is described below:

The students comprising the Multicultural Graduate Community (MGC) at the University of Chicago seek to actively promote the engagement and success of diverse and often underrepresented students in the sciences by providing academic and personal support networks, and resources for professional development. In alignment with the University's initiatives on diversity and inclusion, we proposed a quarterly speaker series, in which speakers committed to these initiatives share their expertise on minority recruitment and outreach, or their personal experiences as an underrepresented minority (URM) in their respective field. Invited speakers will host two seminars, a traditional scientific seminar on their research and a diversity seminar discussing the speaker's experience with URM issues in the sciences. The series will promote ongoing dialogue on diversity and inclusion on campus and offer new academic networking connections to graduate students across the Biological, Physical, and Social Sciences divisions.

Moen and Mayo receive Lindau Fellowships

Erika MoenLeah Mayo

Two students received Lindau Fellowships. Erika Moen and Leah Mayo will travel to Lindau, Germany, for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting June 29 through July 4, 2014. About 600 young researchers from almost 80 countries will travel to the meeting dedicated to Physiology or Medicine; at this point, 37 Nobel Laureates have announced their participation. And for the first time since the meeting's inception in 1951, the percentage of female participants is higher than male participants (52 to 48/%). The program will include lectures, discussion sections, master classes, and panel discussions. Leah is a student in the Committee on Neurobiology with Dr. Harriet de Wit as her advisor, and Erika is a student in the Committee on Cancer Biology, with Drs. Lucy Godley and Eileen Dolan as her advisors.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards announced:

We are pleased to announce that four BSD graduate students have received NRSA awards:

Angika Basant


Nicholas Banovich(Human Genetics: Gilad lab): Genetic Factors Governing Inter-individual Variation to Oxidative Stress Response

Alan Chang(Cancer Biology, Lesniak lab): CCR4 in Regulatory T Cell Trafficking to Glioma

Daniel Levanthal and Peter Savage

Daniel Leventhal(Cancer Biology, Savage lab): Functional role of Aire-dependent Tregs in peripheral tolerance and prostate cancer

Justin Mark Lunderberg(Interdisciplinary Scientist Training Progam: Schneewind lab): Assembly of the envelope of Bacillus anthracis vegetative forms



Congratulations to our 2014 Chicago Biomedical Consortium Scholars!

Inaugurated in 2010, the CBC scholars program invites member universities to nominate up to three outstanding graduate students each year. Each CBC scholar receives a grant of $5,000 per year for up to two years for academic purposes such as travel to conferences. The purpose of the program is to develop a leadership forum for students from the CBC universities (Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Chicago) to advance the CBC mission of fostering collaboration and excellence.

Mike GebhardtLeah Mayo

Michael Gebhardt, Committee on Microbiology, Advisor: Howard Shuman

Leah Mayo, Committee on Neurobiology, Advisor: Harriet de Wit





Angika Basant

Angika Basant(Cell and Molecular Biology; Glotzer lab) was awarded a two-year pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association. In addition, she was invited by the American Society for Cell Biology to give a talk at a minisymposium in New Orleans.


Matthew Nelsen (Evolutionary Biology; Ree lab) was the recipient of a William Rainey Harper Fellowship for 2013-2014.

Ben Rubin (Evolutionary Biology; Moreau lab) won the Brown Family Fellowship for 2013-2014 at the Field Museum of Natural History.

Jared Salisbury (Computational Neuroscience; Palmer lab) won a Chateaubriand Fellowship, a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for 4 to 9 months. He will study at the Institut de la Vision (Paris VI, Université Pierre et Marie Curie) in Paris for 9 months.

Tom Stewart (Integrative Biology; Coates lab) is the recipient of the 2013 Tinker Field Research Grant, through the University's Center for Latin American Studies. He will use these funds to travel to Equador and develop a project on adaptive evolution in the Pimelodidae, a group of South American catfishes. He is also the recipient of the 2013 Raney Award for Ichthyology, granted by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Tom has also recieved support from the Hinds Fund and BSD Travel Award.

Haley Stinnett


Haley Stinnett (Integrative Biology; Ho lab) wrote a guest post for Cell Reports that was selected as the winner of the inaugaral Cell Reports guest blog competition. Read more


Benjamin Winger (Evolutionary Biology; Bates lab) won the Lester Armour Fellowship from the Field Museum for 2013-2014.

The 2013-2014 Steiner Travel Awards were awarded to Matthew Perisin (Microbiology) to attend a Marine Biological Labs summer course on "Strategies and Techniques for Analyzing Micrbial Population Structures," and Max Winston (Evolutionary Biology) for travel to the Amazonian basin for research on phylogeny of the army ant genus Eciton.



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