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GMB Graduate Student Talia Hatkevich Receives Magnuson Award at the Spring 2019 GMB Retreat in Wilmington, NC

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Brea Hampton awarded F99/K00 transition grant from NIA

Brea HamptonCongratulations to Brea Hampton (Mark Heise and Marty Ferris), who was awarded an F99/K00 transition fellowship from the National Institute on Aging. This award supports the transition to the postdoctoral phase by providing funding for the final 1-2 years of graduate studies (F99 phase) and the first two years of postdoctoral studies (K00 phase). Brea’s project is titled “Evaluating the role of cytomegalovirus and age on lung immune homeostasis and responses to respiratory infections.

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Carolyn Turcotte awarded NRSA F31 Fellowship

Carolyn_TurcotteCongratulations to Carolyn Turcotte (Jeff Sekelsky lab), who was awarded an NRSA F31 predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health.  Carolyn’s project is titled “Mechanisms and regulation of meiotic recombination.


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Nila Pazhayam and Carolyn Turcotte publish review of meiotic crossover patterning

Suppression of crossovers near centromeresNila Pazhayam and Carolyn Turcotte (Jeff Sekelsky lab) published a review of genome-wide meiotic crossover patterning processes in Fronteirs in Cell and Developmental Biology (DOI: 10.3389/fcell.2021.681123).  Image: Suppression of crossovers in peri-centromeric regions (click to enlarge; see article for details).

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Kandace Thomas publishes paper in Developmental Cell

Thomas graphical abstractKandace Thomas (Michael Bressan lab) published a paper titled “Adherens junction engagement regulates functional patterning of the cardiac pacemaker cell lineage” in Developmental Cell (DOI: ). Image: Graphical abstract summarizing key discoveries (see article for details; click to enlarge).

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