January 2021 News

Rob Unckless (assistant professor) was named an Associate Editor for the journal Evolution.




Berl Oakley (professor) has been appointed a Review Editor for Frontiers in Fungal Biology.




Zoe Dimond (PhD recipient, Hefty lab) successfully defended her PhD dissertation entitled “Genome-wide Investigation into Chlamydial Factors Important in Host-Specific Pathogenesis” on Nov. 10, 2020.  She has begun her post-doctoral position at the National Institutes of Health-Rocky Mountain Laboratories with Ted Hackstadt.


Thelma Chiremba (PhD recipient, Neufeld lab) successfully defended her PhD dissertation entitled “Functional Characterization of Musashi1 in Mouse Postnatal Development and Intestinal Homeostasis” on December 10, 2020.  In January, Thelma begins a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in the laboratory of Ron Yu.

Shivani JM (MS recipient, M Azuma lab) successfully defended her MS thesis on December 16, 2020.

Kade Townsend (undergraduate, Chandler lab) has been awarded a McNair Scholarship. Kade is a sophomore microbiology major.




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Yinglong Miao (assistant professor) gave an invited talk entitled "Accelerated Molecular Simulations and Computer-Aided Drug Design" to the Chemistry Colloquium, Illinois Institute of Technology, Virtual, October 13, 2020.

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Hyewon Park, Haeyoung Kim, Victoria Hassebroek, Yoshiaki Azuma, Chad Slawson, and Mizuki Azuma. (2020) Chromosomal localization of Ewing sarcoma EWSR1/FLI1 protein promotes the induction of aneuploidy. J. Biological Chemistry.

Clinton Rice, Stuart J. Macdonald, Xiaochen Wang, and Robert Ward (2020).The Broad Transcription Factor Links Hormonal Signaling, Gene Expression, and Cellular Morphogenesis Events During Drosophila Imaginal Disc Development. Genetics.


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Shivani JagannathanMurali (MS recipient, Mizuki Azuma lab) successfully defended her MS thesis on December 16, 2020. https://t.co/uBw6XfL4hc