Katey Lesneski Receives Best Poster Award at Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York

By Christina HoneycuttNovember 28th, 2018in Grad Student News, News

Katey Lesneski, Ph.D. candidate co-advised by Dr. John Finnerty and Dr. Les Kaufman, was recently awarded the Best Poster Award for “Best Use of Quantitative Methods in Conservation Research” at the 2018 Student Conference on Conservation Science in NYC. Her poster titled “Identifying resilient individuals of an endangered coral for reef restoration” focused on the physiological outcomes of a multi-year experiment she has been conducting at Turneffe Atoll, Belize. 

Nahomie Rodriguez-Sastre Receives Outstanding Poster Award at Developmental Biology of the Sea Urchin (DBSU)

Nahomie Rodriguez-Sastre, Ph.D. student in the Bradham Lab, recently received the “Outstanding Poster Award” at the Developmental Biology of the Sea Urchin (DBSU) in Woods Hole, MA for her poster titled: “Ethanol treatment perturbs skeletal patterning during sea urchin development.”

Nahomie’s research uses the sea urchin to identify the pathway that EtOH is affecting that gives rise to physical defects and some neurological problems that might be similar to fetal alcohol syndrome.

Leah Williams Gives Invited Talk at Cnidofest

Ph.D. candidate Leah Williams from Dr. Tom Gilmore’s lab gave an invited talk at Cnidofest: The Cnidarian Model Systems Meeting, held at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience in St. Augustine, Florida from September 6-9, 2018. The title of her talk was “Cnidarian Toll-like Receptor Signaling.” Leah’s research explores the evolutionary origins and molecular mechanisms of immunity in basal marine organisms such as coral and sponges. Her research has been supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Science Foundation.

Shawna Henry Receives Best Poster Award at Gordon Research Conference

Shawna Henry, Ph.D. candidate in the Ho Lab, recently received the “Best Poster Award” at the Gordon Research Conference: Neurobiology of Brain Disorders in Barcelona, Spain for her poster titled: “Conformational Switch of Mint1 Controls APP Binding and Processing.”

Shawna’s research examined how perturbing the interaction between Mint1, a neuronal adaptor protein, and amyloid precursor protein (APP) can decrease Aβ production associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Joana Barbosa Teixeira and Rose Zhao Honored with Marion Kramer Award

By Stacy Straaberg FinfrockSeptember 26th, 2018in Student News

Joana Barbosa Teixeira and Rose Zhao, both Biochemistry & Molecular Biology majors, were recently honored with the 2018/2019 Marion Kramer Award. This award is given to high-achieving female students majoring in the biological sciences. The award was established in 2001 in honor of Dr. Marion Kramer who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Boston University in 1963 and went on to a long and satisfying career in biology and medicine.

Professor Davies Awarded Early-Career Research Fellowship

By Jennifer ScottSeptember 19th, 2018in Faculty News, News

Professor Sarah Davies has been awarded an Early-Career Research Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program. This two year fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems.

Professor Cheng Awarded National Institute on Drug Abuse Grant

By Jennifer ScottSeptember 18th, 2018in Faculty News, News

Department of Biology Assistant Professor Christine Cheng and Assistant Dean of Boston University School of Medicine and Associate Professor (BUMC) Andrew Henderson received a three-year, $2.9 million R61 award from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health to study the effect of opioid use disorder on HIV latent reservoirs and immune dysfunction.

KHC & Behavioral Biology Student Alex Maytin Is Published in Frontiers in Marine Science

Kilachand Honors College student and Behavioral Biology major Alex Maytin (CAS ’18) has just published his Keystone Honors Project on the evolution of fish color in Frontiers in Marine Science. For this research, Alex collaborated with Behavioral Biology major Gabriella Smith (CAS ’17) as well as three faculty, Dr. Sarah Davies (corresponding author), Dr. Sean Mullen and Dr. Pete Buston. Their article can be accessed here.