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Deshmukh lab discovers a novel role of Dicer in the rapidly dividing cells of the developing brain and brain tumors

Deshmukh lab discovers a novel role of Dicer in the rapidly dividing cells of the developing brain and brain tumors

In a paper published in Cell Reports, Vijay Swahari, a postdoctoral fellow in Deshmukh lab, identifies how the critical role of Dicer in DNA damage response can be exploited for therapy in aggressive brain tumors like Medulloblastoma.

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Gupton Lab paper highlighted in Developmental Cell; image chosen for cover

Gupton Lab paper highlighted in Developmental Cell; image chosen for cover

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Shalini Menon and graduate student Nicholas Boyer have co-first author paper, "The E3 Ubiquitin Ligase TRIM9 Is a Filopodia Off Switch Required for Netrin-Dependent Axon Guidance” published in Developmental Cell on Dec 21, 2015. The article was highlighted by a preview penned by Dr. Thomas Pollard. An image from this work, showing growth cones turning was selected for the cover.

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Spencer Smith featured in Spotlight article!

Spencer Smith featured in Spotlight article!

When Spencer Smith, assistant professor of cell biology and physiology in the School of Medicine who studies the brain, grew frustrated with the lack of resolution provided by traditional microscopes, he and his co-inventor Jeffrey Stirman decided to build his own. The results could unlock some of the brain's greatest mysteries.

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Mark Zylka's research featured on various news outlets

Mark Zylka's research featured on various news outlets

The Zylka Lab's research on autism has recently been featured on WRAL, WUNC (NPR), and the UNC Healthcare Newsroom.

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Brennwald Lab paper featured in upcoming issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell

Brennwald Lab paper featured in upcoming issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell

The September 15, 2015 issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell has chosen a paper from the Brennwald lab entitled “Structural Basis for Recognition of the Sec4 Rab GTPase by its Effector, the Lgl/Tomosyn homologue, Sro7” as one of its Highlighted Articles. Kelly Watson, a graduate in the lab, was first author on the paper. An image from this work showing a model for the interaction of the Rab GTPase, Sec4 and its effector Sro7 was chosen for the cover.

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Kelly Watson receives her PhD

Kelly Watson receives her PhD

Kelly Watson successfully defended her thesis on August 6th! Congratulations Dr. Watson!!

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Robert Sons receives his PhD

Robert Sons receives his PhD

Robert Sons successfully defended his thesis on July 14th! Congratulations Dr. Sons!

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Spencer Smith spoke on Capitol Hill!

Spencer Smith spoke on Capitol Hill!

This briefing was held at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room B338 on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 9th. Panelists discussed some of the ways researchers are prying open the black box of the brain and will share some important recent discoveries. This briefing was particularly timely in light of the two-year anniversary of the White House Brain Initiative, which is receiving about $200 million in federal funding in fiscal year 2015.

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Dr. Peter Petrusz Retires

Dr. Peter Petrusz Retires

Congratulations to Dr. Petrusz on his retirement! We wish you happiness in your future endeavors!

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Liz Haynes successfully defends her thesis

Liz Haynes successfully defends her thesis

Liz Haynes successfully defended her thesis on Tuesday, June 23rd! Congratulations Dr. Haynes!!

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Reema Davis receives AHA award

Reema Davis receives AHA award

Caron Lab Postdoctoral Fellow, Reema Davis, has received the MAA Winter 2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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Klara Klein successfully defends her thesis

Klara Klein successfully defends her thesis

Klara Klein successfully defended her thesis during her private defense on May 6th and presented her public defense on May 22nd. Congratulations Dr. Klein!!

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Bailey Zwarycz receives NRSA F31

Bailey Zwarycz receives NRSA F31

Bailey Zwarycz receives an NRSA F31 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases entitled "Determining the relationship between Sox9 and Collagen XVIII in maintaining intestinal stem cell identity".

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Lin Xiao awarded Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Lin Xiao awarded Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Dissertation Completion Fellowship provides stipend, health insurance, tuition and fees for awardees.

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Leah Townsend receives several awards

Leah Townsend receives several awards

Leah is a current graduate student in the lab of Dr. Spencer Smith within the Neurobiology Curriculum.

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Deborah O'Brien receives Distinguished Andrologist Award at the American Society of Andrology meeting

Deborah O'Brien receives Distinguished Andrologist Award at the American Society of Andrology meeting

The Distinguished Andrologists Award is the highest award of the Society, presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the progress of Andrology.

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