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  • Five Vanderbilt University faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this year, including our own Andrea Page-McCaw, associate professor of cell and developmental biology in the School of Medicine, for distinguished contributions to the field of extracellular biology, particularly the functions of matrix metalloproteinases in Drosophila.
  • Andrea Page McCaw is a new ASMB (American Society for Matrix Biology) Council Member.
  • Sierra Palumbos, Neuroscience graduate student in the Miller lab, was awarded an AHA predoctoral fellowship.
  • Merlyn Emmanuel, a post doctoral fellow in Prof. Alissa Weaver’s lab received an AHA Post Doctoral Fellowship
  • Graduate  student James O’Connor (Page McCaw Lab) won an AHA predoctoral fellowship
  • Graduate student Veronica Farmer (Zanic Lab) won an AHA predoctoral fellowship.
  • Cell Dynamics Symposium Excellence in Cell Dynamics winners are: Student – Chloe Snider, Gould Lab; Post Doc – Mukhtar Ahmed, Macara Lab. Both Chloe and Dr. Ahmed presented talks at the symposium, received a cash award and enjoyed dinner with the speakers.
  • Congratulations to CDB Student of the YearMeredith Weck, Tyska Lab & CDB Post Doc of the Year: Stellor Niandu-Khodo, Gewin Lab
  • Chloe Snider (Ph.D. Candidate Gould Lab) was named VICC graduate student of the year.
  • CDB Takes the #3 Spot in Cell Biology Funding for 2017. Vanderbilt Department of Cell & Developmental Biology ranked third out of 76 among US medical schools in “Anatomy/Cell Biology” NIH funding, according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

  • Gokhan Unlu (Knapik Lab), February 13th at 1 pm in 3131 MRB III

Journal Covers

  • Matt Tyska, “Brush border protocadherin CDHR2 promotes the elongation and maximized packing of microvilli in vivo. Mol Biol Cell, Nov 7, 2018
  • Ken Lau, “Unsupervised Trajectory Analysis of Single-Cell RNA-Seq and Imaging Data Reveals Alternative Tuft Cell Origins in the Gut,” Cell Systems, January 24, 2018  Cover Art
  • Marija Zanic, “Human CLASP2 specifically regulates microtubule catastrophe and rescue,” Molecular Biology of the Cell, May 15, 2018  Cover Art

New Grants Fund Discovery in CDB

  • Anne R. Meyer, (Graduate Student, Goldenring Lab), Kirschstein-NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31) award.
  • Andrea Page McCaw, Ph.D., PI and Shane Hutson, Ph.D.  is MPI.  Were awarded and RO1 Title: “Cellular Integration of Information in the Detection and Response to Epithelial Damage”
  • Vivian Gama, Ph.D.  Received an R35/MIRA award “The BCL-2 family controls stem cell identity by regulating mitochondrial dynamics and priming”.
  • Ken Lau, Ph.D., and Jeremy Goettel, Ph.D. received a VI4/VICC jointly-funded research program for: “Microbiome-tuft cell axis in regulating a Treg response in the gut”
  • Vivian Gama, Single Cell TIPs Grant, Vanderbilt University, “Assessing the contribution of mitochondrial heterogeneity to gliomagenesis using single cell approaches”
  • Alissa Guarnaccia (PhD Candidate Tansey Lab) F31 NRSA (F31 NRSA from the National Cancer Institute, F31 CA225065, “Investigating MYC and WDR5 chromatin interactions in cancer.”)
  • Shwetha Narasimhan (PhD Candidate Kaverina Lab) AHA Fellowship

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