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.
BU Biology Department alum Dr. Babak Mehrara (CAS ’89) is featured in this month’s issue of Science, where he discusses his team’s ongoing work on lymphedema and the immune system. The article can be read here.
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, 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, 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.
Biology Department Research Assistant Professor and Lecturer Randi Rotjan has received two grants that will support work in the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati. One grant, awarded by National Geographic, supports fieldwork in the South Seas. Another grant, awarded by the Waitt Foundation, is in support of a documentary of the fieldwork being completed.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Karen Warkentin was invited to give the Plenary Address at the International Society for Behavioural Ecology’s biennial conference in August 2018. Professor Warkentin’s talk was titled “Proximate and ultimate causes of plastic hatching timing.”