News and Special Events

Read Vinay Kartha’s New Paper in Molecular Cancer Research

Vinay Kartha’s work in Stefano Monti’s lab was published on March 20 in Molecular Cancer Research Online. Read about it here: A YAP/TAZ-Regulated Molecular Signature is Associated with Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Emily Speranza Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Emily Speranza has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is highly competitive: this year only 2,000 fellowships were awarded out of more than 16,000 applicants. Congratulations Emily!

Congratulations to Daniel Segrè, Professor

Congratulations to Daniel Segrè who has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor! You can read the official announcement here.

Read Vinay Kartha and Adam Labadorf’s New Paper in BMC Medical Genomics

Vinay Kartha and Adam Labadorf’s work in Rick Myers’ lab has been published in the new issue of BMC Medical Genomics. Read it here: miR-10b-5p expression in Huntington’s disease brain relates to age of onset and the extent of striatal involvement

Read Farren Isaacs’ report in Nature

Farren Isaacs (PhD, ’04) and his team at Yale have published a report in the journal Nature. The report, “Recoded organisms engineered to depend on synthetic amino acids,” was recently featured on All Things Considered and in the New Yorker. Dr. Isaacs is an Assistant Professor at Yale, in the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology department.

Nacho Caballero’s New Paper in BMC Genomics

Congratulations to Nacho Caballero for his work in John Connor’s lab. Their BMC Genomics article was published online November 6th and has already been given the “Highly Accessed” designation. Read it here:  Lassa and Marburg viruses elicit distinct host transcriptional responses early after infection



Teresa Wang is awarded the 2014 Student Service Award

Teresa Wang received the 2014 Student Service Award at the Bioinformatics Program Retreat held on October 3-4 in Portsmouth, NH. Prof. Tullius presented the award for Teresa’s outstanding contribution and service to the Bioinformatics Program.

Congratulations Teresa!

Sara Garamszegi’s Paper on the immune response to Ebola

Sara Garamszegi’s work with John Connor and Brandon Xia has been published in the new issue of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Read it here: Transcriptional Correlates of Disease Outcome in Anticoagulant-Treated Non-Human Primates Infected with Ebolavirus.

BU Bioinfo students receive IBSB 2014 Poster Prizes

Allyson Byrd received the First Place Poster Prize for her presentation, “Strain Tracking of Organisms in Metagenomic Samples of the Skin Microbiome,” during the International Workshop on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology in Berlin. Vinay Kartha, Amy Li and Mike Quintin took home the Second Place Poster Prize for their Challenge Project in Stefano Monti’s lab, “Assembling the mitochondrial minicircle genome in Trypanosoma brucei.” The IBSB has been held annually since the first workshop in Berlin in August of 2001, and this year 15 students from BU Bioinformatics presented their work.



Regulating Gene Drives – Evan Appleton’s New Paper in Science

Evan Appleton’s work with a multidisciplinary team from Synberc (Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center) has been published ahead of print in Science Xpress: Regulating Gene Drives. The paper has also been written about in The New York Times, National GeographicThe Boston Globe and Nova.

Great work Evan!