Hedstrom named AAAS Fellow

Professor of Biology Liz Hedstrom has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of  Science (story on Brandeis NOW).

BrandeisNOW ran a follow-up profile on Liz. Moral: always ask your undergraduates whether they’ve thought about  going to grad school.

Quantitative Biology Bootcamp 2011

The 5th Annual Quantitative Biology Bootcamp will be held on January 16 & 17, 2011.  Paul Miller will preside over the 2nd annual QB Computational Challenge:  When space trumps time: modeling dynamic spatial patterns with Matlab. This year’s panel discussion topic is “Writing interdisciplinary papers. What to do. What not to do.”  We’re delighted to announce the HHMI Interfaces Scholar award went to Adelajda Zorba (Kern lab).  Adelajda was selected from among several exceptional submissions this year.  The topic is HIV-1 assembly.

Members of the Brandeis community are invited to attend. If you are interested, please contact Trisha Murray no later than Jan. 4, 2011.

Melissa K-C wins Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize

Brandeis NOW reports:

At the 2010 Brandeis commencement exercises this week, Assistant Professor of Biology Melissa Kosinski-Collins was awarded the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Melissa’s enthusiasm and energy in teaching are infectious, and her efforts in the development of our undergraduate teaching lab and other courses are vastly appreciated.


Brandeis professor and postdoc alumni win Searle Scholars grants

One Brandeis professor and two of our former postdocs are among the 15 recipients of the competitive Searle Scholars awards for 2010. Nelson Lau, an assistant professor in the Biology Dept., won for his work on “Germline Genome Regulation by Piwi Proteins and Small RNAs”. Katie Henzler-Wildman is a former postdoc from the Kern lab in Biochemistry who now has a lab at Washington Univ. in St. Louis. Katie received a grant to study “The Role of Protein Dynamics in Multidrug Resistance Transport Activity”. David Biron, an alumnus of the Sengupta Lab who is now an assistant professor at U. Chicago, received a grant to study “Understanding Lethargus: The Sleep-Like Behavior of the Nematode C. Elegans“.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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