Students win prestigious NSF GRFPs
The 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships were announced and the Department of Biology is proud to acknowledge four graduate students for their awards:
Tiffany Dill (Naya Lab): characterizing the roles of Mef2 and the Gtl2-Dio3 cluster in regulating the cell cycle of terminally differentiated heart muscle cells. Also examining how these transcription factors and microRNAs affect the cell cycle of proliferating cell types, such as stem cells. Tiffany is in the Cell and Molecular Biology program.
Amanda Gallinat (Primack Lab): studying the effects of climate change on the autumn phenology of plants, insects, and birds in New England. Amanda is in the Ecology, Behavior and Evolution program
Andrew Hoadley (Traniello Lab): studying the relationship between division of labor, brain investment, and synaptic structure in the leaf-cutter ant A. cephalotes. Results will provide insight on how subcaste-related division of labor is controlled and how brain architecture underscores task specialization in complex social organisms. Andrew is in the Ecology, Behavior and Evolution program
Bryan Matthews (Waxman Lab): to elucidate what global epigenetic and gene regulatory circuits drive sex-specific gene expression in mouse liver. Bryan is in the Cell and Molecular Biology program.
In addition, several students also received honorable mentions: