Stephanie D’Souza receives 2nd Prize Russek Award

By Grace KeplerApril 21st, 2017

Stephanie D'Souza (PhD, MD) received second prize, among the Microbiology Graduate Students, in the 2017 Russek Student Achievement Awards. She presented a poster entitled "The genome sequence for the Egyptian fruit bat yields insights into the antiviral immune system of bats." at the 23nd Annual Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day held on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Kate Sawatzki presents poster at PiBS Interview Day

By Grace KeplerJanuary 27th, 2017

Kate Sawatzki (PhD candidate, Microbiology) presented a poster entitled "Anthrax-Vaccine-Adsorbed elicits diverse, antigen-specific B cell clones after secondary priming" at the Poster Session and Reception for the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) Interview Day.

Tom Kepler teaching ‘Statistical Reasoning for the Basic Biomedical Sciences MI720′

By Grace KeplerJanuary 13th, 2017

Tom Kepler, along with Teaching Assistants Stephanie D'Souza (MD/PhD candidate) and Katherine Norwood (PhD Bioinformatics candidate), is teaching a class on ‘Statistical Reasoning for the Basic Biomedical Sciences MI720′ this semester. A description of the course is as follows.

Statistics is a key competency in scientific research—never more so than today—but too often is presented in a dry and detached manner, leaving the impression that statistics is an unfortunate but necessary hurdle to clear after the real science is done. In contrast to this view, we will approach the subject from the broader perspective of reasoning under uncertainty as an integral part of scientific research, and statistics as essential formalizations of foundational scientific methods.

In addition to building up the relevant concepts, intuitions, and theory, we will engage in hands-on exercises in class using R Studio and best data-analytical practices using R Markdown, both of which are freely available and run under Windows, OSX, and Linux.

Katherine Norwood presents poster at ISBS in Tokyo

By Grace KeplerJanuary 12th, 2017in Education and Outreach

Katherine Norwood (Bioinformatics PhD candidate) presented a poster entitled "Self-Contained Antibody Repertoire Analysis" at the 16th Annual International Workshop on Bioinformatics & Systems Biology (IBSB) held in Tokyo Japan. Her trip was sponsored by the Bioinformatics Graduate Program at BU, which is one of several PhD Programs participating in the annual International Workshop on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (IBSB), part of the International Research and Training Program.

Feng Feng presenting a talk at Keystone Symposium

By Grace KeplerMay 31st, 2016

Professor Feng Feng will present a talk ("An autoreactive memory-derived plasmablast response precedes the immunogen-specific response in the repeated anthrax vaccine in humans") at the Keystone Symposium on Molecular and Cellular Biology in Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday, June 1.

Kaitlin Sawatzki to receive the 2016 Corwin Award

By Grace KeplerMay 31st, 2016in Awards

Kate Sawatzki (PhD candidate, Microbiology) has been named the recipient of the 2016 Corwin Award. The Corwin Award recognizes a student who exemplifies the characteristics of an outstanding departmental “citizen.” Values of collegiality, scientific integrity, commitment to scientific endeavor, and active participation in departmental activities are all components taken into account when the selection of the Corwin Award recipient is made. These values best epitomize the contributions of Dr. Larry Corwin, a former member of the Microbiology Department for whom the award is named. The Corwin Award ceremony and luncheon will take place on July 7.

Akshaya Ramesh Wins Russek Student Achievement Award

By Grace KeplerApril 26th, 2016

Akshaya Ramesh ( PhD candidate) received the Genetics and Genomics department's Russek Student Achievement first prize award. Akshaya will give an oral presentation of her work.

Ramesh, A., Darko, S., Overman, G., Trama, A., Tomaras, G., Douek, D., Haynes, B., and Kepler, T. Immunogenetics of the rhesus macaque, an animal model for HIV vaccine development.