The H. I. Russek Students Achievement Day committee has selected the 2015 award winners. As always, we were guided by demonstrated excellence in academics, research, and citizenship in the lab, department, GMS and beyond. This year’s competition was particularly tight. All applicants have a strong academic record, two or more publications resulting from their PhD research, and are active in teaching, peer mentoring and students’ life in GMS and beyond.
The committee’s unanimous vote for our 2015 Award Winners was:
1st place – Madhurima Das (Gursky lab)
2nd place – Andrew Bogorad (Matintchev lab)
3rd place – Justin Berry (Cornwell lab)
Congratulations to Dr. Andy Zoeller who has recently received an NIH RO1 grant to identify small molecule inhibitors of animal cell phospholipid biosynthesis for investigation as broad spectrum antiviral agents.
Congratulations to Madhurima Das, a PhD Candidate from the Gursky lab, whose research with colleagues has been featured as an Invited Commentary on the Website of the International Atherosclerosis Society! Full text available on line on line after login at the society website under E-literature / February 2015 / Featured Commentaries at http://athero.org/commentaries/comm1213.asp
The commentary is based on the original article:
Das M., Jayaraman S., Mei X., Atkinson D., Gursky O. (2014) Amyloidogenic mutations in human apolipo-protein A-I are not necessarily destabilizing: A common mechanism of apoA-I misfolding in familial amyloid-osis and atherosclerosis. FEBS J. 281(11):2525-2542 (featured on the front cover of FEBS Journal).
This research also earned Madhurima Das Best Poster Award at the Gordon Research Conference on Biopolymers in June 2014.
Congratulations to Dr. Shobini Jayaraman whose research, “Secretory Phospholipase A2, a New Function for an Old Player” has been highlighted in December 2014 on the website of the International Artherosclerosis Society as an invited commentary:
Full text available upon logon at http://www.athero.org/ (Commentaries, December 2014)
Congratulations are in order for Professor Chris Gabel who was just announced as a Spivack Scholar by the BU School of Medicine.
Congratulations to Prof. Esther Bullitt who has been elected Director, Biological Sciences, of the Microscopy Society of America.
Happy Birthday to Prof. G. Graham Shipley
Oral Defense for Evan Rossignol, Candidate for Ph.D., entitled “Topology of Poliovirus RNA Replication Machinery”, on Thursday, September 11, 2014.
Former Allen Lab Student Dr. Lorenzo Finci has recently published a crystal structure advancing our understanding of how the brain is wired during development. In the journal Neuron, the manuscript is entitled “The Crystal Structure of Netrin-1 in Complex with DCC Reveals the Bifunctionality of Netrin-1 As a Guidance Cue”.
News release and article
Congratulations to William Schmidt for successfully defending his thesis, “Mutational Effects and Assembly of Muscle Contractile Proteins: Myosin and Tropomyosi” at his Oral Defense.