- Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy Professor Shailja Pathania was the recipient of The University of Massachusetts, Boston – Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center U54 Partnership’s Pilot Grant Award.”
- Biology Professor Douglas Woodhams and Smith Conservation Fellow Molly Bletz had an article published entitled, "Shifts In Disease Dynamics In A Tropical Amphibian Assemblage Are Not Due To Pathogen Attenuation."
- Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy Professor Shailja Pathania's grant entitled, "Identifying Drivers of BRCA2 Mutation Associated Predisposition to Cancer” was selected for funding by the Basser Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center.
- Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy Professor Jill Macoska alongside undergraduate students Susan Patalano-Salsman and Diego Almanza and graduate students Cory Colaneri, Justin Cotellesa, and Alisa Zhilin-Roth had a manuscript accepted into Scientific Reports entitled, "CXCL12/CXCR4-Mediated Procollagen Secretion Is Coupled To Cullin- RING Ubiquitin Ligase Activation."
- Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy Professor Shailja Pathania received two grants this month, the UMass Boston Joseph P. Healey Research Grant Award and the Career Development Grant from DF/HCC SPORE in Breast Cancer and DF/HCC Breast Oncology Program.
Graduate and PhD Student Achievements
- Graduate Student John DeFilippo and Biology Professor Gregory Beck published an article entitled "Cytokines of Invertebrate Immunity."
- Graduate Student Hanine Barek from Dr. Sugumaran’s lab published two papers on insect melanin. In the first paper, she shows that insect melanin is distinctly different from that of mammalian melanin. This paper is coauthored with Japanese collaborators. In the second paper, she shows that Drosophila brain has the enzymatic machinery to make eumelanin component, thus demonstrating the capability of insects to make neuromelanin. This paper is coauthored with biology Prof. Alexey Veraksa.
- Graduate student Daniel Buitrago received a Short Term Fellowship from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in the amount of 5K. This award will allow Daniel to continue to work on the Hummingbird project during the summer in Panama.
Graduate Students Fei Chai, Sean McCanty, Kaitlyn Webster, and Stuart Morey each received a dissertation grant of $2,000.00 from the Provost.
Graduate Student Breck McCollum received the Marine Conservation Grant from the Women Diver's Hall of Fame. Breck is using her grant towards building a mesocosm where she can test the effects of rising ocean temperatures on the physiology of marine invertebrates from the rocky subtidal zone.
Over winter break, Graduate Student Brianna Shaughnessy visited the "SubeLab" at the Estación de Coserta de Investigaciones Marinas (ECIM) in Las Cruces, Chile. This Marine Field Station is run by the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile. While at ECIM, Brianna was hosted by fish biologist and ecologist, Alejandros Perez-Matus. Alé is a long-time collaborator and friend of Jarrett Byrnes' Lab. The Byrnes lab runs a global collaborative research effort known as the Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network (KEEN), and with the help of Alé and his phenomenal dive team we were able to collect standardized data on Central Chilean kelp forests to be added to the growing open-source database for KEEN research. At ECIM, Brianna also presented on the development of KEEN's network goals, research, and standardized protocols. She attended a symposium on modern interdisciplinary research in Chilean Ecology.
- McNair fellows Rodney Bruno, Jessie Ngandjui, Sendy Lamour, Ana Escuariza, Tin Than, Udoka Ibeh, Latifa Pina, Mohamed Anwar and Tiego Da Silva all graduated from Biology.
- Undergraduate students Roni Milgrom, Jude Owiredu, Clara Poupault, Yang Chang, and Lucy Pullan were all awarded funds to purchase research materials. Roni Milgrom, Christian Mbah, Jude Owiredu and Clara Poupault were also awarded additional funds to travel to scientific conferences.