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David Pfennig quoted in The Guardian!

June 29, 2022

Congratulations to David Pfennig for his featured quotes in “Do we need a new theory of evolution?,” an article featured in The Guardian! From the article, “A new wave of scientists argues that mainstream evolutionary theory needs an urgent overhaul. Their opponents have dismissed them as misguided careerists – and the conflict may determine the future of biology.” Read the full article here.

Dr. Copenhaver featured in Innovate Carolina article!

June 21, 2022

After being named the Director of the Institute for Convergent Science just a few weeks ago, Dr. Gregory Copenhaver has been featured in an article for Innovate Carolina! In the article, Dr. Copenhaver explains how the ICS is “bringing multidisciplinary teams together to address society’s most intractable problems to benefit the citizens of North Carolina and beyond.” Check out the article here.

Check out Dr. Bloom’s recent publications!

June 21, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Bloom for his recent articles, both accepted and published. Dr. Bloom has two papers accepted for 2022, including “DNA damage reduces heterogeneity and coherence of chromatin motions” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and “Polymer models reveal how chromatin modification can modulate force at the kinetochore” in Molecular Biology of the Cell.

Dr. Bloom also has four recently published articles available for viewing. “Simulating Dynamic Chromosome Compaction: Methods for Bridging in Silico to In Vivo” can be found in Methods in Molecular Biology. To read the abstract for free, check out this link. Also, be on the lookout for “Mechanisms of DNA Mobilization and Sequestration Genes 2022” in Mechanisms of DNA Damage, Repair and Mutagenesis. To learn more about this article, use this link. Bloom has another article in the Journal of Cell Science called, “Shaping centromeres to resist mitotic spindle forces” which you can learn more about here. Finally, you can find “Cdc7-mediated phosphorylation of Cse4 regulates high-fidelity chromosome segregation in budding yeast” in Molecular Biology of the Cell at this link.

Great job, Dr. Bloom!

Citations:

Locatelli, M., Lawrimore, J, Lin,H., Sanaullah, S., Seitz, C., Segall, D., Kefer, P., Moreno, NS., Lietz, B., Anderson, R., Holmes, J., Yuan, C., Holzwarth, G., Bloom, K.S., Liu, J., Bonin, K. Vidi, P.A., DNA damage reduces heterogeneity and coherence of chromatin motions (2022) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., USA (accepted)

Lawrimore, J., de Larminat, S. Cook, D., Friedman, B., Doshi, A., Yeh, E., and Bloom K. (2022) Polymer models reveal how chromatin modification can modulate force at the kinetochore. Molecular Biology of the Cell 2022 (accepted).

He Y, Adalsteinsson D, Walker B, Lawrimore J, Forest MG, Bloom, K. (2022) Simulating Dynamic Chromosome Compaction: Methods for Bridging In Silico to In Vivo. Methods Mol Biol. 2022;2415:211-220. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-1904-9_16.

Bloom, K., and Kolbin, D. (2022) Mechanisms of DNA Mobilization and Sequestration Genes 2022, 13, 352. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13020352.

Lawrimore, J., and Bloom, K. (2022) Shaping centromeres to resist mitotic spindle forces J Cell Sci. 2022 135, jcs259532. doi:10.1242/jcs.259532.

Mishra PK, Wood H, Stanton J, Au WC, Eisenstatt JR, Boeckmann L, Sclafani RA, Weinreich M, Bloom KS, Thorpe PH, Basrai MA. Cdc7-mediated phosphorylation of Cse4 regulates high-fidelity chromosome segregation in budding yeast Mol Biol Cell. 2021 Nov 1;32(21):ar15.

Ken Lohmann featured on CBC Podcast!

June 13, 2022

UNC Biology’s Ken Lohmann was featured on an episode of Tai Asks Why, a CBC Podcast. In the episode, entitled “How do animals know where they are going,” Lohmann discusses how marine life navigate! Check out the podcast here.

Greg Copenhaver named Director of the Institute for Convergent Science!

June 6, 2022

Congratulations to Greg Copenhaver for being named both the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Convergent Science and the new director of the Institute for Convergent Science! According to this article, “As director of the Institute for Convergent Science, Copenhaver will bring multidisciplinary teams together to address society’s most intractable problems to benefit the citizens of North Carolina and beyond.” Congratulations, Greg!

Logan Brackett earns College’s 2021-2022 Award in Management!

June 1, 2022

Congratulations to Logan Brackett for winning the UNC College of Arts and Sciences 2021 Award in Management! From Interim Chair Steve Matson, “Once again, Logan Brackett has been recognized by his colleagues for his work in our department. Logan was a finalist in the University Managers Association (UMA) Manger of the Year recognition. The UMA is a university wide organization. He was honored at a virtual ceremony yesterday afternoon… We are very fortunate to have Logan working in Biology. Again, congratulations are due.” Be sure to check out the article here.

Congratulations, Logan!

Congrats 2022 Ph.D. Graduates!

May 9, 2022

A big congratulations to all our May 2022 Biology PhD graduates! This is a huge accomplishment and the department would like to extend our appreciation for all your hard work over the years. We wish you the best of luck in your next phase of life!

Meggan Alston (Willett lab)
Gina Calabrese (K. Pfennig lab)
Catherine Chen (K. Pfennig lab)
Nazli Deger (Sancar lab)
Grace Di Cecco (Hurlbert lab)
Sean James (Nimchuk lab)
Anais Monroy-Eklund (Laederach lab)
Lewis Naisbett-Jones (K. Lohmann lab)
Jonathan Rader (Hedrick lab)

Frank Conlon’s Lab makes Heart Disease Discovery!

April 28, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Frank Conlon’s lab for making an important discovery implicating non-cardiac genes in congenital heart disease. From the article: “The UNC-Chapel Hill lab of Frank Conlon, PhD, and colleagues conducted experiments to show how a non-cardiac protein subunit interacts with three cardiac genes known to be mutated in patients with congenital heart disease.” Read more here.

Amy Shaub Maddox named Whitman Center Fellow!

April 28, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Shaub Maddox for being named a Whitman Center Fellow. According to their website, “A diverse group of 29 scientists from universities and research institutes around the world have been named 2022 Whitman Center Fellows by the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). These fellowships enable exceptional scientists, including Early Career Fellows, to conduct independent research at the MBL and take advantage of its unique resources and highly collaborative scientific community.” Congrats, Dr. Maddox!

Read more here.

Biology Undergraduates earn Honors and Highest Honors

April 28, 2022

Due to their mentors, working groups, evaluators, and most of all, their hard work and dedication, the following graduating senior Biology majors have earned the designations of Highest Honors and Honors:

Highest Honors

Ralph Alberto
Colleen Bereda
Megan Butler
Meredith Chambers
Kelly Chong
Billy Ngo
Olivia Rice
Yasharth Singh
Kelly Wan

Honors

Thidar Aye
Julia Bay
Audrey Bousquet
Henry Bryant III
Angela Chen
Carla Escobar-Tomlienovich
Rajee Ganesan
Chavely Gonzalez Ramirez
Camryn Kellogg
Sriya Kongala
Priya Kosana
Sydney Lai
Tianxiu Katherine Li
Sneha Makhijani
Ryan Merritt
Elizabeth Morton
Valerie Nguyen
Ella Patackis
Tyler Pereira
Aayush Purohit
Paloma Ruiz
Benjamin Silver
Najia Ward-Conyers
Runjie Yuan
Rebecca Zasloff