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The 2000 first year graduate class: where are they now?

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

With this year’s first year graduate class now doing their third rotations, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the cohort of Biochemistry graduate students who entered a decade earlier.  The ten 2000-2001 first years published 32 papers in graduate school (3.2 per trainee) with an average time to degree of 6.4 years.  All ten conducted an academic post-doctoral fellowship. Seven are currently post-docs, while two have moved on to positions as scientists in industry and one has a faculty position.  Two are at Berkeley, two are at UCLA, two are in Eugene, and there are Iowa PhDs in New York, Missoula, St. Louis and Iowa City. Graduates, if you have updates, we’d love to hear them!

  • Zeynep Akyol was Madeline Shea’s graduate student, working on calmodulin-binding to the NMDA receptor.  She is now a post-doc with Benhur Lee at UCLA, working on viral membrane proteins.
  • Keith Bryan was Peter Rubenstein’s graduate student, working on deafness-associated actin mutations.  He is now a post-doc with Amy Lee in the Physiology Department at Iowa, working on regulation of ion channels in cochlear hair cells.
  • Anne Dickson was Marc Wold’s graduate student, working on replication protein A.  After her post-doctoral fellowship with Mary Wilson in Internal Medicine at Iowa, she took a position as a scientist with Life Technologies, Inc.
  • Debra Ferraro was Andrew Robertson’s graduate student, working on ubiquitin structure and function.  After doing a post-doc with Professor Stanley Perlman in the Microbiology Department at Iowa, she took a faculty position in Chemistry at Maryville University in St. Louis.
  • Jared Helm was John Donelson’s graduate student, working on trypanosome molecular biology.  He is now a post-doc with Professor Jesse Hay at Montana, working on alpha synuclein.
  • Sean McGuffee was Adrian Elcock’s graduate student, working on large scale cytoplasmic modeling.  He is now a post-doc at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, working on structural bioinformatics.
  • Rhonda Newman was Madeline Shea’s graduate student, working on calmodulin domains in allosteric regulation of the ryanodine receptor.  After conducting an NRSA-funded post-doc at Oregon with Dr. Ken Prehoda on membrane-associated guanylate kinases, she took a position as a scientist with Life Technologies, Inc.
  • Yutian Peng was Lois Weisman’s graduate student, working on vacuolar inheritance.  She is now a post-doc with Stefan Westermann at UC Berkeley, working on chromosome segregation.
  • Ling Song was Robert Cohen’s graduate student, working on deubiquitylation.  She is now working on regulated degradation of spindle assembly factors as a post-doc with Michael Rape at UC Berkeley.
  • Geng Wong was Robert Deschenes’s graduate student, working on Ras modification.  He now has a first author Cell paper on regulated RNA import into mitochondria as a post-doc with Carla Koehler at UCLA.

Congratulations to this superb class of Iowa Biochemistry PhDs!  We look forward to providing outcomes data on Biochemistry PhDs who began graduate school in 2001 and beyond.

Sedore wins 2009 Subramanian Best Doctoral Dissertation Award

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Congratulations to Stanley Sedore, winner of the 2009 Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, sponsored by Alap Subramanian. Dr. Sedore’s thesis entitled, “Gene-specific control of P-TEFb by HIV,” was performed under the supervision of David Price. He is now finishing medical school at the Carver College of Medicine as an MD/PhD student. (more…)