UNC Scientists Discover Proteins Keeping Stem Cells in their Undifferentiated State

Jean Cook, PhD

The lab of Jean Cook, PhD, in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, found how a chain of proteins called an MCM complex could enable the fast cell-division that makes some forms of cancer so dangerous. The study first author Jacob Matson, a PhD candidate in the Cook lab performed most of the experiments.

Graduate student Tom Lane receives his PhD

Tom Lane, PhD

Tom Lane under the direction of Dr. Kevin Slep, successfully defended his dissertation on November 3, 2017 and received his PhD!

Halloween 2017 – special thanks to…

Thanks to students Hanna Trzeciakiewicz (Cohen Lab) and Aaztli Coria (Laederach Lab) and office staff Jamie DeSoto, Lynn Ray, and Susan Sarvis for organizing a fun Halloween party. Prizes for best individual costume went to Dr. Edward Moreira Bahnson with the white skeleton face and bow tie. Best group costume went to the Parise Lab with the mice costumes. Winner of the Pumpkin weight contest went to Bobby Lee (Bergmeier Lab). Actual weight was 33 pounds. Winner of the Candy Corn Count went to Aleksandra Skrajna (McGinty Lab). Actual count was 1340 candy corns.

Grad Student Cassandra Hayne receives her PhD!

Cassandra Hayne, PhD

Hayne successfully defended her dissertation and received her PhD on August 31, 2017.

Congratulations 2017 Presentation Winners

Greg Wang, Retreat Committee Co-chair and BCBP Assistant Professor handed out the poster and talk awards. Cassandra Hayne (left), Jacob Matson (upper right) and Mahmud Hussain, PhD (lower right).

Congratulations to Cassandra Hayne, Jacob Matson, and Mahmud Hussain, PhD 2017 Research Retreat Talk and Poster winners!

Grad student Mahmoud Shobair receives his PhD

Mahmoud Shobair, PhD

Mahmoud successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD on April 20, 2017.

Grad student Bradley Falk receives his PhD

Bradley Falk, PhD

Bradley successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD on April 17, 2017.

Grad student Benfeard Williams receives his PhD

Benfeard Williams, PhD

Benfeard successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD on March 24, 2017.

Two biochemistry and biophysics grad students awarded NSF Fellowships

(left to right) Hanna Trzeciakiewicz and Candice Crilly

Congratulations to Candice Crilly and Hanna Trzeciakiewicz for receiving Predoctoral Fellowships from the National Science Foundation!

Grad student Seth Zimmerman receives his PhD

Seth Zimmerman, PhD

Seth successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD on March 17, 2017.