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John Pryor wins the Clarence Berg Award

Monday, March 16th, 2015

John Pryor, a 2012 PhD with Dr. Todd Washington, has been named the winner of the 2014 Clarence Berg Award. The Berg Award is given biennially in honor of our former Professor Clarence P. Berg to the graduate student who demonstrates “scholarship, integrity, cooperativeness, consideration and a willingness to help others.” Dr. Pryor was an American Heart Association-funded graduate student who focused on the role of replication accessory factors in promoting translesion DNA synthesis.

Previously, John was named the winner of the 2013 Subramanian Award for best PhD thesis in the Department of Biochemistry.  John is a Lineberger Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellow in Dale Ramsden’s laboratory at the University of North Carolina. His postdoctoral work will focus on the mechanism of DNA double-strand break repair by the non-homologous end-joining pathway. Congratulations to Dr. Pryor!

John Pryor wins the Subramanian Thesis Award

Friday, October 4th, 2013

John Pryor, who completed his PhD with Dr. M. Todd Washington, has been named the 2013 Subramanian Award for best PhD thesis in the Department of Biochemistry. John recently began a postdoctoral position in Dale Ramsden’s laboratory as a Lineberger Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina this January. His postdoctoral work will focus on the mechanism of DNA double-strand break repair by the non-homologous end-joining pathway.

John is the 20th winner of the Subramanian Award, which is made possible by a gift from Dr. Alap Subramanian, a 1964 PhD from the department, who parlayed his training with the late George Kalnitsky, (and with Irving Klotz at Northwestern and both Bernard Davis and Herman Kalckar at Harvard Medical School), into a highly successful career at the Max-Planck-Institut. Our deepest thanks to Dr. Subramanian and our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Pryor.

John Pryor defends PhD thesis

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

John Pryor, a PhD student mentored by Todd Washington, has successfully defended his thesis, entitled “Studies of the Rev 1 protein and its role in the replication of damaged DNA.” John has won several awards including an American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship. John will begin a postdoctoral position in Dale Ramsden’s laboratory as a Lineberger Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina this January. His postdoctoral work will focus on the mechanism of DNA double-strand break repair by the non-homologous end-joining pathway. Congratulations to John!

Highlights of the Annual Retreat

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The 2011 Biochemistry Annual Retreat, chaired by Lori Wallrath and Lacy Barton, was held on Saturday, August 27 at the Coralville Public Library. Short talks were given in the morning by Kris DeMali, Larry Gray, Lacy Barton, Daniel Weeks,  Todd Washington, Xu Liu, Aaron Ver Heul and Madeline Shea. After lunch, talks were given by Marc Wold, Charles Brenner and Miles Pufall .

The poster session featured 31 posters. Seven awards were given in two divisions. Ashley Angell from the DeMali laboratory and Kristen Syring from the Wallrath laboratory won first and second place in the undergraduate division. In the post-doctoral and staff division, Rebecca Fagan from the Brenner laboratory took first place.  There was a three way tie for second place between Jennifer Bays from the DeMali laboratory, Brett Waite from the Shea laboratory, and Kuo-Kuang Wen from the Rubenstein laboratory.

Two Lois Bigger Gehring Awards  were given to support graduate student travel to research conferences. These awards were given to John Pryor from the Washington laboratory and Alexey Soshnev from the Geyer laboratory.

Thanks to everyone for participating.

John Pryor awarded American Heart fellowship

Monday, December 6th, 2010

John Pryor, a graduate student with Todd Washington, has been awarded a two year fellowship from the American Heart Association to complete his PhD work on “The Role of Replication Accessory Factors in Promoting Translesion DNA Synthesis.” Congratulations to John and Todd for this honor.