DianaChongTalk
Diana Chong speaks at the 2016 Genetics Retreat in Asheville, NC.

The Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology (GMB) is an interdepartmental PhD program that trains students broadly in the fields of genetics and molecular biology. The Curriculum was initiated in 1963 and has been supported by an NRSA T32 training grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) since 1974.

We train outstanding students to be creative, sophisticated research scientists.  Our students have excellent publication records and are successful in obtaining grants and winning regional and national awards.  NIGMS highlighted our program for its “notable record of diversity recruitment and retention”.

The research interests of the faculty span a broad range of topics, from model organisms genetics to clinical and translational research; quantitative genetics and complex traits to virology and plant genetics.

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Stephanie Bellendir and Danielle Rognstad publish paper in Nucleic Acids Research

SteBellendir2017phanie Bellendir (Jeff Sekelsky lab) and Danielle Rognstad (Jeff Sekelsky and Dorothy Erie labs) published an article titled “Substrate preference of Gen endonucleases highlights the importance of branched structures as DNA damage repair intermediates.” in Nucleic Acids Research (DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkx214). Image: Model for cleavage of Holliday junctions and flap substrates; see article for details.

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Mike Meers publishes paper in eLife

Mike MeerMeers2017s (Greg Matera lab) published an article titled “Histone gene replacement reveals a post-transcriptional role for H3K36 in maintaining metazoan transcriptome fidelity” in eLife. (DOI: 10.7554/eLife.23249)  Image: Hex-plot heatmap plotting novel, unannotated transcription start sites by their location relative to the boundaries of the nearest gene and change in K36R; see article for details.

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Becky Bigler publishes paper in Scientific Reports

Bigler2017Becky Bigler (Anne Taylor lab) published an article titled “Messenger RNAs localized to distal projections of human stem cell derived neurons” in Scientific Reports (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-00676-w) Image: Micrographs of somatic, axon, and dendritic compartments of neurons cultured within a microfluidic chambers during maturation; see article for details.

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Mira Pronobis First Runner Up for Larry Sandler Award

Pronobis_MiraCongratulations to Mira Pronobis (PhD 2016, Mark Peifer lab) who was named runner up for the Larry Sandler Award. This award is given annually by the Genetics Society of America for the most outstanding dissertation in any area of Drosophila research internationally.

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