July 9, 2019: Lauren Donoghue selected to attend Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics program

Lauren Donoghue (Samir Kelada lab) has been selected to attend the Leena Peltonen School of Human Genomics program in Switzerland in August. Graduate and postdoctoral trainees gather with leading experts in the field for interactive discussions and presentations on cutting-edge topics in human genetics and genomics. Participants also receive one-to-one mentoring on areas of professional development in genomics.

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July 9, 2019: Lauren Donoghue receives DeLill Nasser Award

Lauren Donoghue (Samir Kelada lab) was selected for a DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics from the Genetics Society of America. Talia will use the award to travel to the Drosophila Research Conference where she has been selected to give a talk.

 

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June 17, 2019: Brea Hampton awarded HHMI Gilliam Fellowship

Brea HamptonBrea Hampton (co-mentored by Mark Heise and Marty Ferris) was selected to receive a Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The goal of the program is “to increase the diversity among scientists who are prepared to assume leadership roles in science, particularly as college and university faculty.”

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March 8, 2019: Kelsey Gray awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Kelsey Gray (recent graduate of Greg Matera lab) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to do education research at Tibetan monasteries in India. After receiving her PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology in 2017, Kelsey did postdoctoral research with the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative. The Fulbright Fellowship allows her to continue and expand her educational research.

March 8, 2019: Megan Justice selected for Yale Ciencia Initiative

Megan Justice (Jill Dowen lab) was selected to participate in the Yale University Ciencia Initiative. Throughout 2019, Megan will participate in a program designed “to expand access to scientific knowledge, experiences, and careers among communities or populations traditionally underrepresented in, or underserved by, the scientific enterprise.”

January 30, 2019: Lauren Donoghue wins outstanding presentation award at Mammalian Genome Conference…TWICE!

Lauren Donoghue (Samir Kelada lab) received the Lorraine Flaherty Award for outstanding oral presentation in the Trainee Symposium at the 32nd International Mammalian Genome Conference in Puerto Rico. As winner of that award, Lauren was selected to give her presentation again in the main conference section, where she again was selected for the outstanding oral presentation. Lauren’s presentation was entitled “Pairing systems genetics and longitudinal analyses to identify regulators of complex lung disease phenotypes.”

January 30, 2019: Talia Hatkevich receives DeLill Nasser Award

Hatkevich_TaliaTalia Hatkevich (Jeff Sekelsky lab) was selected for a DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics from the Genetics Society of America. Talia will use the award to travel to the Drosophila Research Conference where she has been selected to give a talk.

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August 9, 2018: Lauren Donoghue wins Jo Rae Wright Young Investigator Award

Lauren Donoghue (Samir Kelada lab) received the Jo Rae Wright Young Investigator of the Year Award at the FASEB Lung Epithelium in Health and Disease conference. This award is given to one trainee in recognition of outstanding work described in an oral presentation. Lauren’s presentation was entitled “Genetic Analysis of Secreted Airway Mucins in Mice Reveals a Novel Regulator of MUC5B.”

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April 18, 2018: Michelle Hoffner and Dean Nehama inducted into Frank Porter Graham Honor Society

Michelle Hoffner (Shehzad Sheikh lab) and Dean Nehama (Barbara Savoldo lab) were inducted into the Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society. This award recognizes “outstanding service provided to the University and community by graduate and professional students.”

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May 5, 2017: Talia Hatkevich inducted into Frank Porter Graham Honor Society

Hatkevich_TaliaTalia Hatkevich (Jeff Sekelsky lab) was inducted into the Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society. This award recognizes “outstanding service provided to the University and community by graduate and professional students.”  Professors Jeff Sekelsky and Greg Copenhaver were also inducted for “outstanding contributions to the development of graduate and professional education at the University.”

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April 5, 2017: 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.

March 9, 2017: Rowan Beck wins award for Society of Toxicology meeting

Beck_RowanCongratulations to Rowan Beck (Praveen Sethupathy and Mirek Styblo labs), who was awarded 1st prize for the Metals Specialty Section Graduate Student Awards for the annual Society of Toxicology meeting. Rowan’s poster was on her research into microRNAs as potential mediators of the effects of arsenicals on pancreatic beta cell function.

August 15, 2016: Tamara Roman wins Cotterman Award for her Publication

Roman_TamaraCongratulations to Tamara Roman (Karen Mohlke lab), whose was selected as a winner of the Cotterman Award.  This award is given annually by the American Society of Human Genetics, which selects two articles published in the American Journal of Human Genetics in the previous year that best represent outstanding scientific contributions to the field of human genetics.  Tamara was honored for her paper titled “Multiple hepatic regulatory variants at the GALNT2 GWAS locus associated with high density lipoprotein cholesterol.” (American Journal of Human Genetics 97: 801-815).

August 15, 2016: Maren Cannon selected as finalist for the Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research

Cannon_MarenCongratulations to Maren Cannon (Karen Mohlke lab), who was selected as a finalist for the Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research. The American Society of Human Genetics honors excellence in trainee research through awards that recognize highly competitive abstracts submitted and presented at the ASHG annual meeting. Maren was honored for her abstract titled, “Cardiometabolic variants in adipose tissue ATAC-seq peaks at GWAS loci with coincident adipose tissue eQTLs.”

December 2, 2015: Tiki Hayes wins Graduate Fellow Award

Hayes_TikiCongratulations to Tiki Hayes (Channing Der lab), who won the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Graduate Fellow Award in Basic Sciences.

 

December 2, 2015: Kate Coleman wins Graduate Fellow Award

Congratulations to Kate Coleman (Jean Cook lab), who won the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Graduate Fellow Award in Basic Sciences.

 

February 2, 2015: John Runge receives McClendon-Thomas Award

Runge_JohnCongratulations to John Runge (Terry Magnuson lab), winner of the Bullit History of Medicine Club’s McClendon-Thomas Award. This award recognized scholarly excellence in the history of health sciences. John’s essay “Character Trials: Managing Epidemic Disease in the 19th Century American South” describes efforts to stop Yellow Fever from spreading across the South during Reconstruction, drawing parallels to the HIV/AIDS and Ebola outbreaks. John and his historical research were featured in the Vital Signs newsletter.

November 27, 2014: Christian Parobek awarded off-campus dissertation fellowship

Christian ParobekChristian Parobek (Jon Juliano lab) was awarded an Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship by The Graduate School. Christian will work in Cambodia during Spring 2015 collecting mRNA from the malaria vector P. vivax for his dissertation research.

August 26, 2014: Jennifer Kulzer wins Cotterman Award for her Publication

Jen Kulzer 2014Congratulations to Jennifer Kulzer (Karen Mohlke lab), whose was selected as a winner of the Cotterman Award.  This award is given annually by the American Society of Human Genetics, which selects two articles published in the American Journal of Human Genetics in the previous year that best represent outstanding scientific contributions to the field of human genetics.  Jennifer was honored for her paper titled “A common functional regulatory variant at a type 2 diabetes locus upregulates ARAP1 expression in the pancreatic beta cell” (Amer J Human Genetics 94: 186-97.

April 25, 2014: Noelle Romero receives Royster Society Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Romero_NoelleCongratulations to Noelle Romero (labs of Steve Matson and Jeff Sekelsky), who was awarded a Royster Society of Fellows Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the UNC Graduate School for 2014-2015.

April 25, 2014: Lauren Wasson receives Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Wasson_LaurenCongratulations to Lauren Wasson (Frank Conlon lab), who was awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the UNC Graduate School for 2014-2015.

February 3, 2014: Kathryn Kohl runner up for Larry Sandler Award

Congratulations to Kathryn Kohl (PhD 2013, Jeff Sekelsky 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.  This year there were 23 nominations from around the world.

October 3, 2013: Marta Charpentier and Laura Tollini win Kenan-Hobgood Award

Marta Charpentier (Frank Conlon lab) and Laura Tollini (Yanping Zhang lab) were awarded the 2013 Sarah Graham Kenan-Edwards Hobgood Award.  This honor is awarded each year to one or two outstanding students in the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology.

May 15, 2013: Nick Gomez receives travel award from AACR

Nick_GomezCongratulations to Nick Gomez (lab of Ian Davis), recipient of a 2013 American Association of Cancer Research Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award for participation in the AACR Special Conference on Chromatin and Epigenetics in Cancer.

May 15, 2013: Marta Charpentier receives Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Marta SzmacinskiCongratulations to Marta Charpentier (Frank Conlon lab), who was awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the UNC Graduate School for 2013-2014.

February 11, 2013: Kathryn Kohl receives Harold Weintraub Award

Congratulations to Kathryn Kohl (Jeff Sekelsky lab) for winning the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences. Recipients of this prestigious national award participate in a scientific symposium to be held this spring at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA.