In 2016 the Department of Genetics established the Terry Magnuson Award, given to one or more outstanding graduating students in the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology (also the Curriculum in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, which is also administered by the Department of Genetics. Winners of this award are listed below.


2018

Anna Chiarella (advisor Nate Hathaway)

Dissertation: “Novel Bifunctional Molecules Redirect Chromatin-Modifying Machinery to Study & Control Gene Expression”

Awards and Honors

    • NC-TraCS Pilot Award
    • Eshelman Institute for Innovation Grant
    • Scholarship to the Keystone Symposium on Epigenetics and Human Disease
    • Program in Translational Medicine
    • NC DNA Day Ambassador, DNA Day Connect Co-Presiden
    • 3 publications, 2 as 1st or co-1st author

 

Talia Hatkevich (advisor Jeff Sekelsky)

Dissertation: “Meiotic Prophase I: From Homolog Pairing to Crossover Regulation”

Awards and Honors

    • F31 NIA
    • Frank Porter Graham Honor Society (President, 2017-2018)
    • Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar on Meiosis co-Chair
    • Triangle Fly Symposium, organizing chair (2016)
    • UNC Science Expo, NC DNA Day, BBSP FYG Mentor
    • Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Graduate Student Award
    • 7 publications, 5 as 1st or co-1st author, 1 as corresponding author

Carrie Wilczewski (advisor Frank Conlon)

Dissertation: “CHD4 and the NuRD Complex Orchestrate a Transcriptional Network to Control Cardiac Sarcomere Formation”

Awards and Honors

    • F31 NHLBI
    • BBSP FYG Peer Mentor
    • Compass Center for Women and Families, Adapted Aquatics, Friday Fun Nights, …
    • Science Solvers (NC Marbles Museum), NC Science Expo,
    • 3 publications, 1 as 1st or co-1st author

2017

 


2016

Maren Cannon (advisor Karen Mohlke)

Dissertation: “Characterizing Cardiometabolic GWAS Loci with Regulatory Annotation, Regulatory Assays, Trans-Ancestry Fine-Mapping, and Open Chromatin Profiling”

Awards and Honors

    • NIH F31 fellowship
    • Charles J. Epstein Trainee Finalist Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research
    • BBSP FYG mentor (2014-2016)
    • NC DNA Day Ambassador (2012-2016)
    • NC Museum of Natural Sciences volunteer / ImPACT intern
    • 5 publications, 2 as 1st or co-1st author

 

Josh Lawrimore (advisor Kerry Bloom)

Dissertation: “Characterizing Cardiometabolic GWAS Loci with Regulatory Annotation, Regulatory Assays, Trans-Ancestry Fine-Mapping, and Open Chromatin Profiling”

Awards and Honors

    • Royster Society of Fellows
    • Ross and Charlotte Johnson Family Dissertation Fellowship
    • BD2K T32 appointment
    • Marine Biological Labs Computational Image Analysis Course scholarship
    • BBSP FYG mentor (2014-2016)
    • 13 publications, 7 as 1st or co-1st author