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Praveen Sethupathy has been named as a recipient of a prestigious Pathway to Stop Diabetes Award from the American Diabetes Association

February 8, 2016

Only three Accelerator awards are given each year. They are designed to “support exceptional, independent early-career researchers who have distinguished themselves as promising investigators and are in the beginning stages of establishing successful, sustainable diabetes research programs.” The ADA gives a total of six Pathway awards annually to investigators at … Continued

Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena named one of two inaugural Oliver Smithies Investigators

September 21, 2015

Oliver Smithies Investigator Award recipients are selected based on their sustained excellence in their chosen disciplines, their international reputation as a leader in their fields and the impact of their research within the medical and scientific communities. Dr. Pardo-Manuel de Villena was selected for his leadership of the Collaborative Cross, … Continued

Shawn Ahmed’s group reports on a novel mechanism of gene silencing in Caenorhabditis elegans, termed “multigenerational RNAe”

September 14, 2015

The title of the article, published in PNAS, is “Lack of pairing during meiosis triggers multigenerational transgene silencing in Caenorhabditis elegans.” Co-first authors are Luciana Leopold, a graduate student in the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology, and Bree Heestand, a postdoctoral fellow in Shawn’s lab. This silencing process can … Continued

Genetics and Medicine faculty team up for a study of microRNAs in Crohn’s disease

July 27, 2015

Bailey Peck, a Genetics and Molecular Biology graduate student in Praveen Sethupathy’s lab, is first author of a collaborative paper, with Bioinformatics and Computational Biology grad student Matthew Weiser (Furey lab), Shehzad Sheikh, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Genetics (senior author), and Drs. Sethupathy and Furey as coauthors. The article … Continued

Jim Evans prominent in national discussions on Genomic Medicine

February 20, 2015

Jim was one of four discussants on NPR’s “On Point” and coauthor of an editorial in JAMA The “On Point” discussion, related to President Obama’s announcement regarding the Precision Medicine Initiative, is available as a podcast. In the JAMA Viewpoint article, Jim and Michael Watson of the ACMG Foundation for … Continued

Sara Selitsky has first-authored a paper published in Scientific Reports (Nature’s open access journal).

Sarah Selitsky January 16, 2015

The title of the paper is “Small tRNA-derived RNAs are increased and more abundant than microRNAs in chronic hepatitis B and C.” Sara is a BCB graduate student who is co-mentored by Praveen Sethupathy and Stan Lemon (Department of Medicine). In this study, Selitsky et al. identify for the first … Continued

Article by Terry Furey’s group highlighted in Genetics

Furey and Weiser November 11, 2014

Matt Weiser, a graduate student in Terry’s lab, is first author on the paper, entitled “Novel Distal eQTL Analysis Demonstrates Effect of Population Genetic Architecture on Detecting and Interpreting Associations.” Standard eQTL mapping methods carry significant multiple testing burdens, limiting their ability to detect eQTL distal to the affected gene. … Continued

Shawn Ahmed and colleagues publish a paper in PNAS demonstrating a novel function of two C. elegans RNA interference proteins

October 27, 2014

Shawn and Eric Miska at the University of Cambridge are senior authors on the paper, and Shawn’s former postdoc, Aisa Sakaguchi, and former graduate student, Matt Simon, as co-first authors with Peter Sarkies from Dr. Miska’s lab. This study establishes a role for small RNAs in promoting transgenerational fertility via … Continued

Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Genetics Society of America (GSA).

September 22, 2014

Fernando will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2015. See the official announcement on the GSA web site. The GSA is the professional membership organization for scientific researchers and educators in the field of genetics, with over 5,000 members. Society members work to advance knowledge in the basic mechanisms … Continued

Three Department of Genetics faculty members are ranked as most cited in their fields

July 2, 2014

Yun Li, Karen Mohlke, and Chuck Perou are among the top 1% most cited world researchers in their subject fields for 2014. Thomson Reuters has listed Yun and Karen among the most highly cited in Molecular Biology & Genetics and Chuck in Clinical Medicine. To see the complete list and … Continued

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