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Tyler Kennedy awarded NINDS F32 grant

Aug. 17, 2021—Tyler Kennedy, a postdoc in the Miller lab, received an F32 grant from NINDS this summer.          

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Bodnya was awarded a Director’s Award Scholarship

Aug. 17, 2021—Caroline Bodnya (Gama lab) was awarded a Director’s Award Scholarship to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at Vanderbilt.      

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Vega selected as 2021 Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar

Aug. 12, 2021—Aug. 11, 2021, 4:10 PM   by Bill Snyder Paige Vega, a PhD student in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University, has been selected as the 2021 Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar. Paige Vega has been selected as the 2021 Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar. (photo by Elaine Chen) She will receive a...

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Alyssa Weaver leads the Extracellular Vesicle Research Center

Jul. 28, 2021—Beginning on July 1, the Program for Extracellular Vesicle Research got an upgrade and became one of the nine official centers and institutes associated with the School of Medicine Basic Sciences. The Center for Extracellular Vesicle Research will be led by Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Alissa Weaver, who holds the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair...

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Everyday action item: make your images more accessible by adding alt text

Jun. 29, 2021—Alternative text, or alt text, are words that describe an image or other graphic. Alt text helps people with low vision, and others who use assistive technology such as screen readers, understand what’s happening in the image. Taking this extra step improves your communication by making your information more accessible, and it signals to readers...

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Recent graduation photos of Dr. Frye and Dr. Rasmussen

Jun. 24, 2021—Keyada Frye, Ph.D. Department: Cell & Developmental Biology Faculty Mentor: Irina Kaverina, Ph.D. Dissertation Description: The role of the motor kinesin, KIF1C, in vascular smooth muscle cell podosome regulation Megan Rasmussen, Ph.D Department: Cell & Developmental Biology Faculty Mentor: Vivian Gama, Ph.D. Dissertation Description: Understanding the mechanisms by which the BCL-2 family of proteins regulate mitochondrial dynamics and function in human embryonic stem...

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Gabriella Robertson wins Sidney P. Colowick Graduate Student Scholarship

Jun. 11, 2021—Gabriella Robertson (Gama lab) has been awarded the Sidney P. Colowick Graduate Student Scholarship. The Sidney P. Colowick Graduate Student Scholarship award provides financial support for a student selected as the most outstanding candidate from among those selected to receive Harold Stirling Vanderbilt (HSV) graduate scholarship. The Sidney P. Colowick Graduate Student Scholarship was established...

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Guarnaccia highlighted as #VU2021 grad

Jun. 9, 2021—Alissa Guarnaccia is jumping into a highly sought-after research career to help find treatments for cancer at the cellular level. But lately she’s taking time to write lots of thank-you letters, even to some of her old high school teachers. “Without the people who believed in me and without their encouragement, I would not be...

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Provost Susan R. Wente receives Mary Jane Werthan award

Jun. 9, 2021—Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente is one of five members of the Vanderbilt community who were honored recently by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center. The Women’s Center presents awards each spring to recognize Vanderbilt community members who have demonstrated leadership, fostered mentorship, promoted gender equity and contributed significantly to the...

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Ian Macara moderates the Discussion on the Origins of Life

Jun. 5, 2021—by Marissa Shapiro Jun. 3, 2021, 9:00 AM How do academics with diverse areas of expertise view the origins of life? What kind of conversation would take place among a cell biologist, a theologian, an astronomer/physicist and a philosopher if they all sat around the same table? A virtual discussion hosted by the School of...

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Lindsey Seldin Post Doc of the Year!

Jun. 5, 2021—May. 25, 2021, 2:00 PM The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs announced its 2021 award winners at the Spring Postdoc Awards ceremony on May 24. Postdoc of the Year The Postdoc of the Year award recognizes a postdoctoral scholar who demonstrates excellence in research and scholarship since January 2020. The nominee must...

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A compound to counteract aging?

May. 20, 2021—Apr. 29, 2021, 9:53 AM by Leigh MacMillan Aging is a primary risk factor for many chronic diseases. Strategies to slow the aging process and improve health have focused on limiting nutrients, but fasting is difficult.  Jason MacGurn, PhD, and colleagues including Robert Dickson, PhD, at the University of Kentucky, have explored a pharmacological approach to increase longevity. Dickson’s...

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Registration is now open for Cell Dynamics Symposium 2021

Apr. 23, 2021—The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University will host its third Cell Dynamics Symposium on May 20th & May 21st, 2021. This event will be held virtually over Zoom. Invited speakers include Marc Kirschner, Ph.D., John Franklin Enders University Professor; Chair Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Gia Voeltz, Ph.D., HHMI, Professor of Molecular,...

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Gould to assume leadership of the Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training

Apr. 23, 2021—Kathy Gould, Louise McGavock Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and senior associate dean for biomedical research, education and career development will assume leadership of the Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training. Kathy has worked alongside Roger Chalkley, who is retiring this summer, for over 10 years and is well versed in the functions of...

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3 QUESTIONS ON… How Tumor Cells Grow With Maria Fomicheva of Vanderbilt University

Apr. 23, 2021—Maria Fomicheva (Kaverina lab) is featured in the April 20, 2021 issue of Oncology Times. CRISPR (which stands for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”) is a genome screening tool that allows researchers to edit or delete individual genes—as well as identify the specific genes in the body responsible for certain traits. Now researchers have...

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