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Ninth Annual Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Honors Symposium

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

A record 13 students presented at this year’s Undergraduate Honors Program. This year marks the ninth year for the Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Professor Marc Wold, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, in congratulating these 2013 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done:

  • James Bullard
    Mentor: Pam Geyer
    Diversity in function: understanding how a polydactyl zinc-finger protein confers multiple functional outputs
  • Alexander Crider
    Mentor: Atish Dey (Chemistry)
    A novel DMSP lyase
  • Atish Dey
    Mentor: David Soll (Biology)
    Identification of genes involved in candida albicans biofilm synthesis under the control of BCR1
  • Johnathan Fagg
    Mentor: Peter Rubenstein
    Molecular effects of two Baraitser Winter causing mutations
  • Bhavatharini Kasinathan
    Mentor: Sarit Smolikove (Biology)
    The relationship between proteolysis and the akirin pathway in synaptonemal complex disassembly during C. elegans meiosis
  • Irtaza Khalid
    Mentor: David Price
    Deregulation of P-TEFb through microsatellite instability-induced mutations in LARP7 as a potential cause of cancer
  • Ryan Marling
    Mentor: Dan Weeks
    The role of cardiac NK2 genes in early heart development of Xenopus laevis
  • Allyson Mayer
    Mentor: Charles Brenner
    Computational and experimental determination of protein acetylation as a function of nutrition
  • Clayton Oakley
    Mentor: Beverly Davidson (Internal Medicine)
    The validation of several candidate genes predicted to have gained microRNA binding sites through transposable elements
  • Stephen Siemonsma
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Course-grained BD simulations of type III secretion system needle in salmonella
  • David Simoens
    Mentor: Lori Wallrath
    A drosophila model for lamin-associated heart disease
  • Kyle Strouse
    Mentor: Dan Weeks
    Expression of the MiR183 cluster: is there a differential expression of these micro-RNAs in early development?
  • Johanna Uribe
    Mentor: Kris DeMali
    Vinculin phosphorylation regulates epithelial phenotypes

The symposium also included the presentation of two new undergraduate awards, made possible by a gift from Alap Subramanian. The H.G. Wittmann Scholar Award was presented to Stephen Siemonsma (Elcock lab) and the H.G. Khorana Scholar Award was presented to Allyson Mayer (Brenner lab), recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society.

Congratulations to everyone named above and all of our 2013 graduates!

Three biochemistry undergraduates awarded summer fellowships

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Congratulations to three Biochemistry students who are flying off campus for summer studies. Emmalee Boyle, Wallrath Lab, received a study abroad scholarship to study health care in Seville, Spain.  Allyson Mayer, Brenner Lab, was also a recipient of a study abroad scholarship to Spain.  She will be studying Spanish language in Valladolid. Rini Kasinathan, Geyer Lab, is a summer fellow in  John Stamatoyannopouls’ laboratory at the University of Washington Genome Sciences Department.

Highlights of the Annual Retreat

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The Brechler Press Box of Kinnick Stadium was abuzz with Biochemists on saturday for an all-department retreat. As Hawkeye football players ran drills on the field, retreat organizer David Price asked the ~100 attendees to take seats facing the field for a special announcement. Eyes turned toward the jumbotron above the south endzone for a powerpoint tribute to the department, featuring faculty photos and a few candid shots.

Short talks were giving in the morning by Charles Brenner, Pamela Geyer, Ernesto Fuentes, Lori Wallrath and Peter Rubenstein. After lunch, short talks were given by David Price, Sheila Baker, Adrian Elcock and the department’s 2011 faculty recruit, Miles Pufall.

The poster session featured 32 posters. Eight poster awards were given in 4 divisions. Rini Kasinathan from the Geyer laboratory earned the undergraduate prize. Sarah Bergeron from the Rubenstein laboratory, Lawrence Gray from the Khademi laboratory, and Tyson Shepherd from the Fuentes laboratory won first, second and third places in the graduate student division. Jeffrey Cooper from the Price laboratory took honors among research assistants. Finally, Rebecca Fagan from the Khademi laboratory, George Dialynas from the Wallrath laboratory, and Kuo-Kuang Wen from the Rubenstein laboratory won first, second and third places in the post-doctoral division.

The retreat was clearly an energizing event for first year graduate students in attendance. Thanks to all of the presenters and to everyone for participating.