Justin Rectenwald Awarded the 11th Annual “Diane Harris Leadership Award”

Congratulations to Justin Rectenwald a graduate student in Biochemistry and Biophysics, who was awarded the Diane Harris Leadership Award for exemplary public service.

Graduate Student Pedro N. Pozo Publishes in Molecular Biology of the Cell and receives his PhD

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Pedro N. Pozo, graduate student in Cook lab publishes his first-authored paper in MBoC and he receives his PhD.

UNC Undergraduate Research Week November 5 – 9

Sierra Archibald, undergraduate researcher

Sierra Archibald in Aziz Sancar lab works along side of senior researchers whose work focuses on DNA damage repair, cell cycle checkpoints, circadian clock.

Student Defenses for 2018

Pedro N. Pozo (in white) with family and Jean Cook PhD (in red)

Graduate students: AMY BYRNES, LIOR VERED, SHARON GUFFY, and PEDRO N. POZO gave their defenses this year.

Congratulations to Aspen Gutgsell who was awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship by the AHA and winner of best poster at the Southeast Lipid Research Conference!

Aspen Gutgsell graduate student of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Aspen was awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship by AHA, and the best graduate student poster at the Southeast Lipid Research Conference in Nashville, TN on November 2, 2018, as well as the best poster at our departmental research retreat in October 2018.

Juanita Limas on planning committee for 4th Annual Diversity in STEM conference

Juanita Limas, graduate student in Jean Cook lab

One of the key strengths of our program is the ability for graduate students to become an integral part of planning committees such as the Diversity in STEM and coordinating other scientific events on campus.

Courtney Vaughn awarded the Scott Neil Schwirck fellowship

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Courtney Vaughn, MD-PhD student in the lab of Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, was awarded the Scott Neil Schwirck fellowship.

Pumpkin Carving Madness


Taking a short break from research and books Pumpkin Carving with graduate students.

Alex Chung Makes it to Three Minute Thesis finals

Well wishers came to cheer on the finalists of the UNC … Continued

Graduate students record Science Seminar Preview podcasts

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Fall 2018, second year graduate students: Cari Koerner … Continued