BIOL 99 AND NEUR 99 Senior Honors Talks

Senior honors presentations and defenses for Biology and Neuroscience are this week and next Monday.

Name      Faculty Sponsor & Committee  Time & Location of Talk

Biol 99

Alicia Bach Dagmar Ringe, Neil Simister, Liz Hedstrom May 10   3 pm    Bassine 251
Kristin Little Bruce Goode, Joan Press, Satoshi Yoshida May 6    10 am    Bassine 251
Spencer Rittner KC Hayes, Carolyn Cohen, Larry Wangh May 6    3 pm      Bassine 251
Danielle Saly Michael Rosbash, Mike Marr, Nelson Lau May 10   11 am   Bassine 251
Sue Yen Tay Jim Haber, Sue Lovett, Joan Press  May 7    11am     Bassine 251
Alan Tso Daniela Nicastro, Liz Hedstrom, Greg Petsko May 10   2 pm    Bassine 251
Hannah Worchel Jim Morris, Ruibao Ren, Paul Garrity   May 6    2 pm     Bassine 251

Neur 99
Sarah Pease Sue Paradis, Gina Turrigiano, Paul Miller  May 10   11 am   Volen 201
Solon Schur John Lisman, Eve Marder, Paul Miller May 6    10 am   Volen 201
Alexander Trott Leslie Griffith, Piali Sengupa, Melissa Kosinski-Collins May 6    11 am   Volen 201
Dylan Wolman Sue Paradis, Sacha Nelson, Piali Sengupta May 10   1 pm    Volen 201

Faculty research mentor (emphasized) is chair of the committee.

New undergraduate specialization in Chemical Biology

The Brandeis Department of Chemistry now offers a B.A. or B.S. degree with specialization in Chemical Biology. The requirements for the degree are described in the university bulletin. — look in the section Requirements for the Major, towards the bottom.

More information: What Is Chemical Biology?

Biochemistry Senior Research Talks

It’s also the season for Senior Honors / Masters Thesis talks…


Annual Senior Research Talks
2009/2010 Biochemistry Honors and BS/MS Candidates

Friday, April  23, 11:30-1:30pm – G-zang 122

Clarence Friedman – BS/MS

Characterization of 1-d-deoxyxylulose reductoisomerase
Advisor: Dan Oprian

Stefan Isaac  – BS/MS

Functional Characterization and in silico Modeling of HlyU
Advisors:  Dagmar Ringe/Greg Petsko

Seth Lieblich BS/MS

Bacterial Gene Repressors
Advisor: Dagmar Ringe

Miranda Patton BS/MS

Mutation of the Active Site of IMP Dehydrogenase, to Find a Novel Mutant and Create a Hybrid GMP Reductase
Advisor:  Liz Hedstrom

Nat Lazar BS

We are superfamily: bioinformatic and biochemical analyses of protein evolution
Advisor:  Douglas Theobald

Kanchana Ravichandran BS

Formation of heterotetramers between the human isozymes of Inosine 5’-Monophosphate Dehydrogenase
Advisor:  Liz Hedstrom

Seth Robey BS

Streamlining C1C-0 Purification and Examining the pH Dependence of an Amino Acid Transporter
Advisor:  Chris Miller

Kenta Yamamoto BS

The Type-1 Insulin-Like Growth Factor in Cancer and Hematopoiesis
Advisor: Ruibao Ren

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come.  Pizza will be provided.

SACNAS Meeting at Brandeis on April 24

SACNAS (Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science) is a national society with a 37-year history of supporting minority scientists and science students. SACNAS members are dedicated to giving back through mentorship, peer networks, and professional development, and to engaging in science research and leadership of the highest caliber. The organization and its members and affiliates are committed to encouraging minority students and scientists to advance to their utmost capability.
The Brandeis SACNAS student chapter will be hosting the Greater Boston SACNAS Regional Meeting on Saturday, April 24, 2010. All SACNAS members, and those interested in SACNAS and promoting diversity in the sciences are invited to participate in the regional activities.

Saturday, April 24, 9am – 6pm @ Brandeis University:
Greater Boston SACNAS Regional Meeting
Coming Together for a Cause: Diversifying the Scientific Community

This dynamic meeting will feature talks by Brandeis professors from the sciences, outside guests, an alternative careers panel, student speakers, a networking lunch and a poster session. Registration is required to attend. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. We welcome all to attend (undergraduate, graduate and post-doc, and faculty). Please click here for more information and to register.

Money for summer research projects and fellowships

Joan Press, Undergraduate Advising Head for Biology, wrote:

Over the next few weeks Academic Services will be holding several Info Sessions about the Summer URP and Jerome A. Schiff Fellowships, both of which fund undergraduate research projects.  The Summer URP allows students to ask for any amount from $50-$2,000 to fund summer research, whereas the Schiff’s funding (~$2,000) is designed for larger, (school)year-long projects.  The deadlines will be in mid-March and First-years, Sophomores and Juniors from all departments are all encouraged to apply.

  • Thursday, February 4, 4pm, Academic Services Conference Room (2nd Floor, Usdan)
  • Tuesday, February 9, 3pm, Academic Services Conference Room (2nd Floor, Usdan)
  • Wednesday, February 10, 12pm, Academic Services Conference Room (2nd Floor, Usdan)
  • Monday, February 22, 12pm, Academic Services Conference Room (2nd Floor, Usdan)

Professional Science Master’s Program in Biotechnology

Brandeis has initiated a new masters program, the Professional Science Masters in Biotechnology, which couples training in science, business and a workforce internship.  Brandeis students have the option of applying to the degree program in their junior year – they would begin program courses in their senior year and would receive the MS in Biotechnology degree after one additional year of graduate work (the “5-year option”).  Seniors can apply to enter the two-year MS degree program.  Applications will be considered beginning MARCH 15, with students admitted on a rolling basis.

Profs. Neil Simister and Susan Lovett will hold an informational meeting about the program on Thursday Feb. 4 at 6:30 PM in the Rosenstiel building, room 118.

Key elements of the program include:

  • Hands-on laboratory experience with state-of-the-art bioscience technologies
  • Integrated coursework in molecular and cell biology, with opportunities to pursue individual interests in courses taught by world-class faculty in biology and biochemistry
  • Courses that aid understanding of the biosciences industry, including business, project management, regulatory affairs and ethics
  • Development of professional skills through writing, oral presentations, research practice, data analysis and team projects
  • A summer workforce or research internship
  • Individual advising and mentorship at each stage

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