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Recent Accomplishments

Katie Block

Katie Block (Immunology) received the AAI Abstract Award, given to those who are chosen for an oral presentation at the annual meeting. Her advisor is Dr. Haochu Huang.




Alexandria Bobe

Alexandria Bobe (Metabolism and Molecular Nutrition) received an F31 Fellowship from the NIH for her project entitled "Autoimmune Diabetes: Gut Microbial Regulation in the IL10KO Mouse Model." Her advisor is Dr. Eugene Chang.




Kyler Brown

Kyler Brown (Computational Neuroscience) was one of The Arts, Science & Culture Initiative 2014-2015 Graduate Collaboration Grantees. His advisor is Dr. Daniel Margoliash. See more.




Christopher Craddock

Christopher Craddock (Cell and Molecular Biology) was awarded an HHMI Gilliam Fellowship. His advisor is Dr. Jonathan Staley.




Shane DuBayShane DuBay (Evolutionary Biology) was one of The Arts, Science & Culture Initiative 2014-2015 Graduate Collaboration Grantees. His advisor is Dr. John Bates. See more.




Alex GiletaAlex Gileta (Human Genetics) was awarded an F31 Fellowship from the NIH for his project entitled "Genome-wide association study for the propensity to attribute incentive salience to reward cues in outbred rats." His advisor is Dr. Abraham Palmer.




Christopher HaddadChristopher Haddad (Medical Physics) was awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association. His advisor is Dr. Maryellen Giger.




Daniel RabeDaniel Rabe (Cancer Biology) received an F31 Fellowship from the NIH for his project entitled "The role of macrophages in triple-negative breast cancer invasion and metastasis." His advisor is Dr. Marsha Rosner.




Gabriel SalzmanGabriel Salzman (Interdisciplinary Scientist Training Program) was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, National Institute of General Medical Sciences. His advisors are Drs. Shohei Koide and Demet Arac-Ozkan.




Laura Southcott

Laura Southcott (Evolutionary Biology) received a Tinker Field Research Grant from the Centre for Latin American Studies, as well as a Rosemary Grant Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution. Her advisor is Dr. Marcus Kronforst.




Alex White

Alex White (Ecology and Evolution) received a GROW Award (an NSF GRFP) for his project entitled "How do dispersal and competition underlie macro-scale patterns of species diversity? A study of range limits and ecological interactions in Himalayan birds." He will be studying with Dr. Carsten Rahbek at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate in Copenhagen, Denmark. His advisor is Dr. Trevor Price.




Max WinstonMax Winston (Evolutionary Biology) was awarded a Field Museum Fellowship. His advisor is Dr. Corrie Moreau.




Congratulations to NSF Awardees!

Anastasia Beiriger

Anastasia Beiriger, Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology, advisor: Dr. Victoria Prince




Christopher Craddock

Christopher Craddock, Cell and Molecular Biology, advisor: Dr. Jonathan Staley




Ashley Rich

Ashley Rich, Cell and Molecular Biology, advisor: Dr. Michael Glotzer




Katherine Silliman

Katherine Silliman, Evolutionary Biology




Ayse Tenger-Trolander

Ayse Tenger-Trolander, Ecology and Evolution





NSF Honorable Mentions:

Benjamin Blanchard, first-year student in Evolutionary Biology

Erin Boyle, Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology, advisor: Dr. Robert Ho

Nathan Buerkle, Neurobiology, advisor: Dr. Stephanie Palmer

Andrew George, first-year student in Integrative Biology

Katherine Leon, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, advisor: Dr. Demet Arac-Ozkan

Matthew Smith, Ecology and Evolution, advisor: Dr. Stefano Allesina


Previous Accomplishments

Brett Aiello

Brett Aiello, Integrative Biology, won the division of comparative biomechanics' best student talk award at the 2015 Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting for his talk titled "Pectoral fin proprioception is tuned to fin mechanics." His advisor is Dr. Melina Hale.




Anya Bershad

Anya Bershad (Interdisciplinary Scientist Training Program) has received an ARCS Foundation Scholar Award (Pritzker). Her advisor is Dr. Harriet de Wit.




Lauren Blake

Lauren Blake (Human Genetics) received a 2015 Raymond W. Sarber Award from the American Society for Microbiology, which will be presented at the ASM General Meeting Awards Banquent on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in New Orleans. Her advisor is Dr. Anna Di Rienzo.




Nathan Buerkle

Nathan Buerkle (Neurobiology) received an NSF-East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) grant to spent the summer in Michiyo Kinoshita's lab at Sokendai (the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Hayama, Japan). His advisor is Dr. Stephanie Palmer.




Christopher Carmean

Christopher Carmean (Molecular Nutrition and Metabolism), a Spring 2015 graduate, was granted a short-term postdoctoral fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He will be working at Kobe University. His advisor is Dr. Matthew Brady.




Marcelo Coca Perraillon

Marcelo Coca Perraillon(Health Studies) was awarded the Lee B. Lusted Student Prize award for Preference Assessment for his project "Predicting the EQ-5D Preference Index from the SF-12 Health Survey in a National US Sample: a Finite Mixture Approach." The Lee B. Lusted Student Prize award is given yearly for original research in medical decision making. His adviser is Dr. R. Tamara Konetzka.



Kate Criswell

Kate Criswell (Integrative Biology) received a NSF DDIG fellowship for her dissertation work, "Independent evolution and ancestral conditions in the gnathostome axial column." Her advisor is Dr. Michael Coates.




Natalia Gonzales

Natalia Gonzales (Human Genetics) received a travel fellowship from the International Mammalian Genome Society to attend the 28th International Mammalian Genome Conference (IMGC) in Bar Harbor, ME. While attending, she won an award for outstanding poster presentation. Her advisor is Dr. Abraham Palmer.




Philip Hsu

Phillip Hsu, first-year student in the Interdisciplinary Scientist Training Program, along with his Pritzker colleagues Lukas Matern and Sooyoung Lim, won a grant from the National Hepatitis Project of APAMSA (Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association), to hold a Hepatitis B screening for residents in Chicago's Chinatown and Bridgeport neighborhoods. Also, he was awarded the 2015 Chicago Area Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.




Sara Jackrel

Sara Jackrel (Ecology and Evolution) was awarded an ARCS Foundation Scholar Award (BSD). Her advisor is Dr. J. Timothy Wootton.




David Koren

David Koren (Interdisciplinary Scientist Training Program) has been selected as a recipient of the Roche/ARCS Foundation Scholar Award in Life Sciences (Pritzker). His advisor is Dr. Wei Wei.




Jenny Lin

Jenny Lin (Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics) was awarded a William Rainey Harper Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year. The award is considered one of the University of Chicago's highest honors, and is given in recognition of her record of achievement and professional promise. Her advisor is Dr. Michael Rust.



Courtney Orsbon

Courtney Orsbon, Integrative Biology, won a Short-term Visiting Scholarship for Summer 2014 from the American Association of Anatomists to learn more about using biplanar fluoroscopy to study muscle physiology. Her advisor is Dr. Callum Ross.




Daniel Rabe

Daniel Rabe, Cancer Biology, was invited to speak at the Keystone Symposia: Dendritic Cells and Macrophages Reuinted in Montreal, as well as awarded an Elkes Foundation Scholarship by Keystone to attend the meeting. His advisor is Dr. Marsha Rosner.




Adrian Sanchez

Adrian Sanchez, Medical Physics, received an NRSA F31 award from the NIH (NIBIB), for his project titled "SPARSE-VIEW C-ARM CONE-BEAM CT FOR GUIDANCE OF BRAIN ANEURYSM COILING." His advisor is Dr. Xiaochuan Pan.




Mo Siddiq

Mo Siddiq (Ecology and Evolution) received a Best Student Talk award at the Midwest Drosophila Conference, as well as being awarded an NSF DDIG. His advisor is Dr. Joseph Thornton.




Lena Thomer

Lena Thomer, Microbiology, received an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship, beginning in 2014. Her advisor is Dr. Olaf Schneewind




Ben Winger

Ben Winger, Evolutionary Biology, was awarded a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the University of Michigan Society of Fellows. His advisor is Dr. John Bates.




Lu Yao

Lu Yao, Evolutionary Biology, was awarded a one-year Women-in-Science Graduate Fellowship from the Field Museum of Natural History. Her advisor is Dr. Robert Martin.





Accomplishments Archives: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011