Biology Graduate Students Excel

Biology Graduate Alumni

Our MA and PhD graduates further their training at prestigious research institutions, pursue research opportunities in academia or industry, or pursue careers in education, publishing and science communication.  For example:

Nickesha Anderson (PhD, Grabel Lab) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Mustafa Sahin at Harvard.

Stephanie Aracena (MA, Cohan Lab) completed an MSc in Global Health and Policy at Queens College London and is a Program Specialist and Navigator at the Community Service Society of New York.

Kemal Asik (PhD, Kirn Lab) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Genentech.

Melissa Bernardo (PhD, Singer Lab) is a Science Teacher at The Ethel Walker School.

Michael Barresi (PhD, Devoto Lab) is a Professor at Smith College and the co-author of the 12th edition of the textbook Developmental Biology (ISBN-13: 978-1605358222) (co-authored with Scott Gilbert who completed his BA at Wesleyan).

Hunter Cai (PhD, Grabel Lab), is an Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Jim Casanova (PhD, Grabel Lab), is a Professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Justin Cherny (PhD, Weir Lab), is a Senior Program Manager at Cambridge Mobile Telematics.  He previously worked for JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments).

Rob Clark (PhD, Singer Lab) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dave Crowder at Washington State University.

Mattheau Comerford (MA, Singer Lab) is PhD student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University.

Tirtha Das (PhD, Weir Lab) is an Assistant Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Lisa D'Angelo (PhD, Bodznick Lab) is the Assistant Provost for Research at Yale University.

Christina Feiler (MA, Johnson Lab & University of Regensburg) completed her PhD at Tubingen University and is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technical University of Munich.

Xuesong (PhD, Devoto Lab) is a Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Muscle Stem Cells and Gene Regulation at the NIAMS

Claire Fournier (PhD, Weir Lab) is a Lecturer and Laboratory Coordinator at Trinity College.

Julian Gal (MA, Grabel Lab) is a Medical Student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Noelle Germain (PhD, Grabel Lab) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Jacob Glickman (MA, Weir Lab) is a Medical Student at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Jyoti Gupta (PhD, Naegele Lab) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the of Michael Higley at Yale University School of Medicine.

Nate Hartman (PhD, Grabel Lab) is an Assistant Professor at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Jacob Herman (PhD, Sultan Lab) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Joy Bergelson at the University of Chicago.

Josephine Ho (MA, Coolon Lab) is a Research Assistant in the lab of Diana Hargreaves at the Salk Institute.

Timothy Horgan-Kobelski (MA, Sultan Lab) is an Attorney at the law firm DurieTangri.

Rulang Jiang (PhD, Grabel Lab) is a Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Michelle Kraczkowski (PhD, Chernoff Lab) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Saint Joseph

Trish Labosky (PhD, Grabel Lab), is a Program Leader in the Division of Program Coordination, at the NIH

Chelsea Lassiter (PhD, Grabel Lab) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Kaylee Schwertfeger at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Kate MacDonald (PhD, Kirn Lab) is a STEM Learning Specialist at Connecticut College.

Peri Mason (PhD, Singer Lab) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Deane Bowers at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Peter Maye (PhD, Grabel Lab), is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Skeletal Biology and Regeneration Graduate Program at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Sarah Patterson (PhD, Devoto Lab) is Manager of Clinical Analytics and Curation at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine.

Adam Robbins-Pianka (MA, Weir Lab) is a PhD student at the University of Colorado.

Rebecca Shearman (Postdoc, Burke Lab) is an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation and an Associate Professor at Framingham State University.

Frank Stellabotte (PhD, Devoto Lab) is an Associate Professor at Middlesex Community College.

Christos Suriano (PhD, Bodznick Lab) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Lisa Boulanger at Princeton University.

Frank Tulenko (PhD, Burke Lab) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Peter Currie at Monash University in Australia.

Sam Van Rensburg (MA, Johnson Lab), completed an NP-C and is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult healthcare.

Meghan Van Zandt (PhD, Naegele Lab) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Christopher Pittenger at Yale University School of Medicine.

Pavrithra Vivekanand (PhD, Weir Lab) is now an Assistant Professor at Susquehanna University.

Jane Wiedenbeck (MA, Cohan Lab) completed her MBA at Yale and is a Consultant at Boston Consulting Group.

Stefanie Windner (PhD, Devoto Lab) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Mary Baylies at Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center.

Nick Woods (MA, Naegele Lab) is a PhD student at the University of California, San Francisco.

Zhi Zhang (PhD, Bodznick Lab) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan - Dearborn.

 

 

Publications

In addition to presenting their work at national and international conferences, our MA and PhD graduate students publish their research in top-notch peer-reviewed journals.  For example:

2019

Baker, B.H., Sultan, S.E., Lopez-Ichikawa, M., Waterman, R., 2019. Transgenerational effects of parental light environment on progeny competitive performance and lifetime fitness. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 374, 20180182.

DeAngelis, M.W., Johnson, R.I., 2019. Dissection of the Drosophila Pupal Retina for Immunohistochemistry, Western Analysis, and RNA Isolation. J Vis Exp.

Gupta, J., Bromwich, M., Radell, J., Arshad, M.N., Gonzalez, S., Luikart, B.W., Aaron, G.B., Naegele, J.R., 2019. Restrained Dendritic Growth of Adult-Born Granule Cells Innervated by Transplanted Fetal GABAergic Interneurons in Mice with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. eNeuro 6.

Lanno, S.M., Shimshak, S.J., Peyser, R.D., Linde, S.C., Coolon, J.D., 2019. Investigating the role of Osiris genes in Drosophila sechellia larval resistance to a host plant toxin. Ecol Evol 9, 1922-1933.

Tom, R.L., Ahuja, A., Maniates, H., Freeland, C.M., Robinson, M.J.F., 2019. Optogenetic activation of the central amygdala generates addiction-like preference for reward. Eur J Neurosci 50, 2086-2100.

Van Zandt, M., Weiss, E., Almyasheva, A., Lipior, S., Maisel, S., Naegele, J.R., 2019. Adeno-associated viral overexpression of neuroligin 2 in the mouse hippocampus enhances GABAergic synapses and impairs hippocampal-dependent behaviors. Behav Brain Res 362, 7-20.

 2018

Anderson, N.C., Van Zandt, M.A., Shrestha, S., Lawrence, D.B., Gupta, J., Chen, C.Y., Harrsch, F.A., Boyi, T., Dundes, C.E., Aaron, G., Naegele, J.R., Grabel, L., 2018. Pluripotent stem cell-derived interneuron progenitors mature and restore memory deficits but do not suppress seizures in the epileptic mouse brain. Stem Cell Res 33, 83-94.

Bagchi, R., Brown, L.M., Elphick, C.S., Wagner, D.L., Singer, M.S., 2018. Anthropogenic fragmentation of landscapes: mechanisms for eroding the specificity of plant-herbivore interactions. Oecologia 187, 521-533.

Baker, B.H., Berg, L.J., Sultan, S.E., 2018. Context-Dependent Developmental Effects of Parental Shade Versus Sun Are Mediated by DNA Methylation. Front Plant Sci 9, 1251.

Bushnell, H.L., Feiler, C.E., Ketosugbo, K.F., Hellerman, M.B., Nazzaro, V.L., Johnson, R.I., 2018. JNK is antagonized to ensure the correct number of interommatidial cells pattern the Drosophila retina. Dev Biol 433, 94-107.

Chen, C.Y., Anderson, N.C., Becker, S., Schicht, M., Stoddard, C., Brauer, L., Paulsen, F., Grabel, L., 2018. Examining the role of the surfactant family member SFTA3 in interneuron specification. PLoS One 13, e0198703.

Clark, R.E., Singer, M.S., 2018. Behavioral differences between ant species determine the ecological consequences of a food-for-protection mutualism. Journal of Insect Behavior 31, 510-522.

Clark, R.E., Singer, M.S., 2018. Keystone mutualism strengthens top-down effects by recruiting large-bodied ants. Oecologia 186, 601-610.

Suriano, C.M., Bodznick, D., 2018. Evidence for generative homology of cerebellum and cerebellum-like structures in an elasmobranch fish based on Pax6, Cbln1 and Grid2 expression. J Comp Neurol.

 2017­

Andrade Lopez, J.M., Lanno, S.M., Auerbach, J.M., Moskowitz, E.C., Sligar, L.A., Wittkopp, P.J., Coolon, J.D., 2017. Genetic basis of octanoic acid resistance in Drosophila sechellia: functional analysis of a fine-mapped region. Mol Ecol 26, 1148-1160.

Bernardo, M.A., Singer, M.S., 2017. Parasite-altered feeding behavior in insects: integrating functional and mechanistic research frontiers. Journal of Experimental Biology 220, 2848-2857.

Clark, R.E., Farkas, T.E., Lichter-Marck, I., Johnson, E.R., Singer, M.S., 2016. Multiple interaction types determine the impact of ant predation of caterpillars in a forest community. Ecology 97, 3379-3388.

Cohan, F.M., Kopac, S., 2017. A Theory-Based Pragmatism for Discovering and Classifying Newly Divergent Species of Bacterial Pathogens. Genetics and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, 2nd Edition, 25-49.

Lanno, S.M., Gregory, S.M., Shimshak, S.J., Alverson, M.K., Chiu, K., Feil, A.L., Findley, M.G., Forman, T.E., Gordon, J.T., Ho, J., Krupp, J.L., Lam, I., Lane, J., Linde, S.C., Morse, A.E., Rusk, S., Ryan, R., Saniee, A., Sheth, R.B., Siranosian, J.J., Sirichantaropart, L., Sternlieb, S.R., Zaccardi, C.M., Coolon, J.D., 2017. Transcriptomic Analysis of Octanoic Acid Response in Drosophila sechellia Using RNA-Sequencing. G3 (Bethesda) 7, 3867-3873.

Peyser, R.D., Lanno, S.M., Shimshak, S.J., Coolon, J.D., 2017. Analysis of cytochrome P450 contribution to evolved plant toxin resistance in Drosophila sechellia. Insect Mol Biol 26, 715-720.

Singer, M.S., Clark, R.E., Lichter-Marck, I.H., Johnson, E.R., Mooney, K.A., 2017. Predatory birds and ants partition caterpillar prey by body size and diet breadth. J Anim Ecol 86, 1363-1371.

Van Zandt, M., Naegele, J., 2017. GABAergic Synapse Dysfunction and Repair in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. InTechOpen, Synaptic Plasticity, ISBN 978-953-51-5036-7.

 2016

Anderson, N.C., Chen, C.Y., Grabel, L., 2016. Hedgehog Promotes Production of Inhibitory Interneurons in Vivo and in Vitro from Pluripotent Stem Cells. J Dev Biol 4.

Bernardo, M.A., Singer, M.S., 2016. Nutrient-mediated manipulation of host feeding behavior by a parasitoid. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56, E16-E16.

Chen, C.Y., Plocik, A., Anderson, N.C., Moakley, D., Boyi, T., Dundes, C., Lassiter, C., Graveley, B.R., Grabel, L., 2016. Transcriptome and in Vitro Differentiation Profile of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Derived NKX2.1-Positive Neural Progenitors. Stem Cell Rev 12, 744-756.

Clark, R.E., Farkas, T.E., Lichter-Marck, I., Johnson, E.R., Singer, M.S., 2016. Multiple interaction types determine the impact of ant predation of caterpillars in a forest community. Ecology 97, 3379-3388.

Corliss, C.T., Sultan, S.E., 2016. Evolutionary potential for increased invasiveness: High-Performance Polygonum cespitosum genotypes are competitively superior in full sun. Am J Bot 103, 348-354.

Dunlap, C.A., Saunders, L.P., Schisler, D.A., Leathers, T.D., Naeem, N., Cohan, F.M., Rooney, A.P., 2016. Bacillus nakamurai sp. nov., a black-pigment-producing strain. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 66, 2987-2991.

Herman, J.J., Sultan, S.E., 2016. DNA methylation mediates genetic variation for adaptive transgenerational plasticity. Proc Biol Sci 283.

Horgan-Kobelski, T., Matesanz, S., Sultan, S.E., 2016. Limits to Future Adaptation in the Invasive Plant Polygonum cespitosum: Expression of Functional and Fitness Traits at Elevated CO2. J Hered 107, 42-50.

Lassiter, C.M., Gal, J.S., Becker, S., Hartman, N.W., Grabel, L., 2016. Embryonic stem cell-derived neural progenitors transplanted to the hippocampus migrate on host vasculature. Stem Cell Res 16, 579-588.

Lycette, B.E., Glickman, J.W., Roth, S.J., Cram, A.E., Kim, T.H., Krizanc, D., Weir, M.P., 2016. N-Terminal Peptide Detection with Optimized Peptide-Spectrum Matching and Streamlined Sequence Libraries. J Proteome Res 15, 2891-2899.

Yasin, H.W.R., van Rensburg, S.H., Feiler, C.E., Johnson, R.I., 2016. The adaptor protein Cindr regulates JNK activity to maintain epithelial sheet integrity. Dev Biol 410, 135-149.

 2015

Banda, E., McKinsey, A., Germain, N., Carter, J., Anderson, N.C., Grabel, L., 2015. Cell polarity and neurogenesis in embryonic stem cell-derived neural rosettes. Stem Cells Dev 24, 1022-1033.

Gupta, J., Naegele, J.R., 2015. The Art of Setting Limits: Lessons from GABAergic Interneuron Transplantation. Epilepsy Curr 15, 347-348.

Matesanz, S., Horgan-Kobelski, T., Sultan, S.E., 2015. Evidence for rapid ecological range expansion in a newly invasive plant. AoB Plants 7.

Windner, S.E., Doris, R.A., Ferguson, C.M., Nelson, A.C., Valentin, G., Tan, H., Oates, A.C., Wardle, F.C., Devoto, S.H., 2015. Tbx6, Mesp-b and Ripply1 regulate the onset of skeletal myogenesis in zebrafish. Development 142, 1159-1168.

 2014

Asik, K., Rao, J.L., Kirn, J.R., 2014. A method for exploring adult neurogenesis in the songbird brain. Cold Spring Harb Protoc 2014, 1259-1266.

Francisco, J.C., Cohan, F.M., Krizanc, D., 2014. Accuracy and efficiency of algorithms for the demarcation of bacterial ecotypes from DNA sequence data. Int J Bioinform Res Appl 10, 409-425.

Henderson, K.W., Gupta, J., Tagliatela, S., Litvina, E., Zheng, X., Van Zandt, M.A., Woods, N., Grund, E., Lin, D., Royston, S., Yanagawa, Y., Aaron, G.B., Naegele, J.R., 2014. Long-term seizure suppression and optogenetic analyses of synaptic connectivity in epileptic mice with hippocampal grafts of GABAergic interneurons. J Neurosci 34, 13492-13504.

Herman, J.J., Spencer, H.G., Donohue, K., Sultan, S.E., 2014. How stable 'should' epigenetic modifications be? Insights from adaptive plasticity and bet hedging. Evolution 68, 632-643.

Kopac, S., Wang, Z., Wiedenbeck, J., Sherry, J., Wu, M., Cohan, F.M., 2014. Genomic Heterogeneity and Ecological Speciation within One Subspecies of Bacillus subtilis. Appl Environ Microb 80, 4842-4853.

Kraczkowski, M.L., Chernoff, B., 2014. Molecular Phylogenetics of the Eastern and Western Blacknose Dace, Rhinichthys atratulus and R-obtusus (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Copeia, 325-338.

Lin, M.S., Cherny, J.J., Fournier, C.T., Roth, S.J., Krizanc, D., Weir, M.P., 2014. Assessment of MS/MS search algorithms with parent-protein profiling. J Proteome Res 13, 1823-1832.

Mason, P.A., Smilanich, A.M., Singer, M.S., 2014. Reduced consumption of protein-rich foods follows immune challenge in a polyphagous caterpillar. J Exp Biol 217, 2250-2260.

Mason, P.A., Bernardo, M.A., Singer, M.S., 2014. A mixed diet of toxic plants enables increased feeding and anti-predator defense by an insect herbivore. Oecologia 176, 477-486.

Matesanz, S., Horgan-Kobelski, T., Sultan, S.E., 2014. Contrasting levels of evolutionary potential in populations of the invasive plant Polygonum cespitosum. Biological invasions 16, 455-468.

Matesanz, S., Theiss, K.E., Holsinger, K.E., Sultan, S.E., 2014. Genetic diversity and population structure in Polygonum cespitosum: insights to an ongoing plant invasion. PLoS One 9, e93217.

Poulos, H.M., Miller, K.E., Kraczkowski, M.L., Welchel, A.W., Heineman, R., Chernoff, B., 2014. Fish assemblage response to a small dam removal in the Eightmile River system, Connecticut, USA. Environ Manage 54, 1090-1101.

Singer, M.S., Lichter-Marck, I.H., Farkas, T.E., Aaron, E., Whitney, K.D., Mooney, K.A., 2014. Herbivore diet breadth mediates the cascading effects of carnivores in food webs. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 111, 9521-9526.

Singer, M.S., Mason, P.A., Smilanich, A.M., 2014. Ecological immunology mediated by diet in herbivorous insects. Integr Comp Biol 54, 913-921.

 2013

Germain, N.D., Banda, E.C., Becker, S., Naegele, J.R., Grabel, L.B., 2013. Derivation and isolation of NKX2.1-positive basal forebrain progenitors from human embryonic stem cells. Stem Cells Dev 22, 1477-1489.

Koeppel, A.F., Wertheim, J.O., Barone, L., Gentile, N., Krizanc, D., Cohan, F.M., 2013. Speedy speciation in a bacterial microcosm: new species can arise as frequently as adaptations within a species. ISME J 7, 1080-1091.

Tulenko, F.J., McCauley, D.W., Mackenzie, E.L., Mazan, S., Kuratani, S., Sugahara, F., Kusakabe, R., Burke, A.C., 2013. Body wall development in lamprey and a new perspective on the origin of vertebrate paired fins. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110, 11899-11904.

 2012

Bird, N.C., Windner, S.E., Devoto, S.H., 2012. Immunocytochemistry to study myogenesis in zebrafish. Methods Mol Biol 798, 153-169.

Cohan, F.M., Aracena, S., 2012. Prokaryotic sex: eukaryote-like qualities of recombination in an Archaean lineage. Curr Biol 22, R601-602.

Das, S., Grady, L.M., Michtavy, J., Zhou, Y., Cohan, F.M., Hingorani, M.M., Oliver, D.B., 2012. The variable subdomain of Escherichia coli SecA functions to regulate SecA ATPase activity and ADP release. J Bacteriol 194, 2205-2213.

Fournier, C.T., Cherny, J.J., Truncali, K., Robbins-Pianka, A., Lin, M.S., Krizanc, D., Weir, M.P., 2012. Amino termini of many yeast proteins map to downstream start codons. J Proteome Res 11, 5712-5719.

Germain, N.D., Hartman, N.W., Cai, C., Becker, S., Naegele, J.R., Grabel, L.B., 2012. Teratocarcinoma formation in embryonic stem cell-derived neural progenitor hippocampal transplants. Cell Transplant 21, 1603-1611.

Herman, J.J., Sultan, S.E., Horgan-Kobelski, T., Riggs, C., 2012. Adaptive transgenerational plasticity in an annual plant: grandparental and parental drought stress enhance performance of seedlings in dry soil. Integr Comp Biol 52, 77-88.

Kim, J.S., Makama, M., Petito, J., Park, N.H., Cohan, F.M., Dungan, R.S., 2012. Diversity of Bacteria and Archaea in hypersaline sediment from Death Valley National Park, California. Microbiologyopen 1, 135-148.

Lamonica, K., Grabel, L., 2012. The planar cell polarity pathway and parietal endoderm cell migration. Methods Mol Biol 839, 187-200.

Matesanz, S., Horgan-Kobelski, T., Sultan, S.E., 2012. Phenotypic plasticity and population differentiation in an ongoing species invasion. PLoS One 7, e44955.

McDonald, K.S., Kirn, J.R., 2012. Anatomical plasticity in the adult zebra finch song system. J Comp Neurol 520, 3673-3686.

Sultan, S.E., Horgan-Kobelski, T., Nichols, L.M., Riggs, C.E., Waples, R.K., 2013. A resurrection study reveals rapid adaptive evolution within populations of an invasive plant. Evol Appl 6, 266-278.

Walker, J., Storch, G., Quach-Wong, B., Sonnenfeld, J., Aaron, G., 2012. Propagation of epileptiform events across the corpus callosum in a cingulate cortical slice preparation. PLoS One 7, e31415.

Windner, S.E., Bird, N.C., Patterson, S.E., Doris, R.A., Devoto, S.H., 2012. Fss/Tbx6 is required for central dermomyotome cell fate in zebrafish. Biol Open 1, 806-814.

 2011

Briggs, S.W., Walker, J., Asik, K., Lombroso, P., Naegele, J., Aaron, G., 2011. STEP regulation of seizure thresholds in the hippocampus. Epilepsia 52, 497-506.

Cohan, F.M., Kopac, S.M., 2011. Microbial Genomics: E. coli Relatives Out of Doors and Out of Body. Current Biology 21, R587-R589.

Herman, J.J., Sultan, S.E., 2011. Adaptive transgenerational plasticity in plants: case studies, mechanisms, and implications for natural populations. Front Plant Sci 2, 102.

Kopac, S., Cohan, F.M., 2011. A Theory-Based Pragmatism for Discovering and Classifying Newly Divergent Bacterial Species. Genetics and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, 21-41.

Mason, P.A., Wilkes, S.R., Lill, J.T., Singer, M.S., 2011. Abundance trumps quality: bi‐trophic performance and parasitism risk fail to explain host use in the fall webworm. Oikos 120, 1509-1518.

Shearman, R.M., Tulenko, F.J., Burke, A.C., 2011. 3D reconstructions of quail-chick chimeras provide a new fate map of the avian scapula. Dev Biol 355, 1-11.

Smilanich, A.M., Mason, P.A., Sprung, L., Chase, T.R., Singer, M.S., 2011. Complex effects of parasitoids on pharmacophagy and diet choice of a polyphagous caterpillar. Oecologia 165, 995-1005.

Tipton, M.L., Gignoux-Wolfsohn, S., Stonebraker, P., Chernoff, B., 2011. Postglacial recolonization of eastern Blacknose Dace, Rhinichthys atratulus(Teleostei: Cyprinidae), through the gateway of New England. Ecol Evol 1, 343-358.

Wiedenbeck, J., Cohan, F.M., 2011. Origins of bacterial diversity through horizontal genetic transfer and adaptation to new ecological niches. FEMS Microbiol Rev 35, 957-976.

 2010

Connor, N., Sikorski, J., Rooney, A.P., Kopac, S., Koeppel, A.F., Burger, A., Cole, S.G., Perry, E.B., Krizanc, D., Field, N.C., Slaton, M., Cohan, F.M., 2010. Ecology of Speciation in the Genus Bacillus. Appl Environ Microb 76, 1349-1358.

Germain, N., Banda, E., Grabel, L., 2010. Embryonic stem cell neurogenesis and neural specification. J Cell Biochem 111, 535-542.

Hartman, N.W., Carpentino, J.E., LaMonica, K., Mor, D.E., Naegele, J.R., Grabel, L., 2010. CXCL12-mediated guidance of migrating embryonic stem cell-derived neural progenitors transplanted into the hippocampus. PLoS One 5, e15856.

Naegele, J.R., Maisano, X., Yang, J., Royston, S., Ribeiro, E., 2010. Recent advancements in stem cell and gene therapies for neurological disorders and intractable epilepsy. Neuropharmacology 58, 855-864.

Patterson, S.E., Bird, N.C., Devoto, S.H., 2010. BMP regulation of myogenesis in zebrafish. Dev Dyn 239, 806-817.

Robbins-Pianka, A., Rice, M.D., Weir, M.P., 2010. The mRNA landscape at yeast translation initiation sites. Bioinformatics 26, 2651-2655.

Weir, D.C., Glickman, J.N., Roiff, T., Valim, C., Leichtner, A.M., 2010. Variability of histopathological changes in childhood celiac disease. Am J Gastroenterol 105, 207-212.

Willink, P.W., Mol, J.H., Chernoff, B., 2010. A new species of suckermouth armored catfish, Pseudancistrus kwinti (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the Coppename River drainage, Central Suriname Nature Reserve, Suriname. Zootaxa, 40-48.

Winslow, B.B., Burke, A.C., 2010. Atypical molecular profile for joint development in the avian costal joint. Dev Dyn 239, 2547-2557.

Zhang, Z., Bodznick, D., 2010. The importance of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in subtraction of electrosensory reafference in the dorsal nucleus of skates. J Exp Biol 213, 2700-2709.


 

Biology graduate student grants and awards

Our PhD graduate students’ often secure research awards or grants. For example:

Melissa Bernardo (PhD, Singer Lab) was awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for the project “Nutrient-mediated manipulation of host feeding behavior by a parasitoid" (2015, $18,500).

Perry Mason and Melissa Bernardo (both PhD, Singer Lab):  The publication “A mixed diet of toxic plants enables increased feeding and anti-predator defense by an insect herbivore” (2014, Oecologia 176, 477-486) was recommended in F1000Prime as being of special significance in its field by F1000 Faculty Member Patrick Tobin. 

Melissa Bernardo (PhD, Singer Lab) was awarded the Entomological Society of America President’s Prize for 2nd place in the Student Ten-Minute Paper Competition. Melissa’s talk was titled “Evidence for manipulation in caterpillar feeding behavior by a parasitoid wasp” (National Entomological Society of America conference, 2014).

Melissa Bernardo (PhD, Singer Lab) was awarded a Research Coordination Network for Ecoimmunology Research Exchange Grant, for “Learning and standardizing techniques for measuring diet and parasite mediated immune responses in Grammia incorrupta caterpillars” (2014).  

Robert Clark (PhD, Singer Lab) was awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for the project “A mechanistic test of the keystone mutualism hypothesis" (2014, $12,000).

Robert Clark (PhD, Singer Lab) was awarded the Entomological Society of America President’s Prize,for 2nd Place in the Student Ten-Minute Paper Competition. Rob’s talk was titled “How do sap-feeding insect modify the trophic ecology of ants?  Examining the community-level consequences of a food-for-protection mutualism.” (National Entomological Society of America conference, 2014).

Jacob Herman (PhD, Sultan Lab) was awarded a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, for “Epigenetics and Transgenerational Plasticity: Does Parental Drought Influence DNA Methylation in Polygonum persicaria?” (2012).

Sarah Kopac (PhD, Cohan Lab) was awarded a Graduate Fellowship from the Connecticut Space Grant, funded by NASA (2011, $20,000).

Peri Mason (PhD, Singer Lab) was awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for the project “The role of toxin complementation in herbivore defense" (2010, $10,000).

Frank Tulenko (PhD, Burke Lab) was awarded a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, for “A Lineage Analysis of Somitic and Lateral Mesoderm in Lamprey: Implications for the Origin of Paired Appendages” (2010).

Frank Tulenko (PhD, Burke Lab) was awarded a National Science Foundation Travel Award to present "Investigating the Lateral Somitic Frontier in Lamprey: Implications for the Origin of Paired Appendages" at the 9th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology in Punta del Este, Uruguay (2010).

Frank Tulenko (PhD, Burke Lab) was awarded the Best Student Oral Presentation for his seminar "Body Wall Formation in Lamprey" presented at The Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology, Division of Developmental and Evolutionary Biology Meeting (2009).

Frank Tulenko (PhD, Burke Lab) was awarded a National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Grant for “Investigating Body Wall Formation in the Japanese River Lamprey, Lethenteron japonicum” (2008).