Student Achievements and Awards


More information on the scholarships, awards and fellowships can be found here:

Scholarships and Awards

Watch the 2021 CBMG Awards Ceremony videos below:



spring 2021 cbmg honors and awards


Undergraduate Student Awards


SASVI KULASINGHE

Recipient of the Norman Laffer Scholarship

Mentor: Dr. Vincent Lee

BSCI Specialization: Physiology & Neurobiology

 

Dr. Lee's comments: “Sasvi is a quick learner by reading primary literature as well as in the lab setting. She has taken on a project to identify putative transporters for bacterial quorum molecules. She has already quickly generated tools to aid her studies. I look forward to the results from her studies!"


CHRISTOPHER BOLLINGER

Recipient of the Anthony D. Brown (BS '93) Memorial Scholarship

Mentor: Dr. John Buchner

BSCI Specialization: Microbiology

 

Dr. Buchner's comments: “Chris was integral in our switch from face to face to emergency online teaching in the Spring of 2020, in particular his assistance in the production of lab videos. That summer he participated in our course re-design, creating content, and testing out our ideas and giving feedback when needed. Finally in the Spring of 2021, Chris got to participate once again as a teaching assistant in the course he helped re-design, helped lead discussions of papers, and even then kept up on improvement of course materials. He has been great to work with, and I look forward to seeing what he will do. "


MARK CERASOLI

Co-Recipient of the Arne P. Hansen CBMG Honors Program Outstanding Thesis

CBMG Departmental High Honors

Thesis Title: "Characterizing the Role of Endophilin-A2 in Plasma Membrane Repair"

Mentor: Dr. Norma Andrews

BSCI Specialization: Microbiology

 

Dr. Andrew's comments:  “Mark did a terrific job with his project and played a critical role in getting the results published. He initially worked with an Assistant Research Professor, Matthias Corrotte, and quickly learned many new techniques. Mark's independence and outstanding ability to “think on his feet” made all the difference when Matthias was offered a position and had to leave the lab. In a short period of time Mark performed the additional experiments required by the reviewers, guaranteeing acceptance of the manuscript! As shown in his thesis he also did an in-depth analysis of the literature and expressed clearly the significance of his findings. We are excited to follow his future achievements in graduate school at Harvard!”


CHIH HAO WU

Co-Recipient of the Arne P. Hansen award for CBMG Honors Program Outstanding Thesis

CBMG Departmental High Honors

Thesis Title: "Discovery of Latent Sequence Features that Delineate LoaP as an RNA-binding subclass of NusG Family Member Proteins"

Mentor: Dr. Wade Winkler

BSCI Specialization: Microbiology

 

Dr. Winkler's comments: "Daniel (Chih Hao) has been involved in research for his entire time at UMD. He started with the Engineering Biosensors FIRE stream and then joined my lab to work on bacterial gene regulation. However, the pandemic refocused his project away from bench work and towards bioinformatics goals. Daniel flourished in this role. His work has impacted several projects in the lab and earned him co-authorship on multiple publications. But even more impressive is the way Daniel has guided these projects, proposing and troubleshooting his own ideas. Already, Daniel is a talented and independent scientist!"


MADISON PLUNKERT

Recipient of the Appleman-Norton Award for Plant Biology

CBMG Departmental High Honors

Thesis Title: "Investigating the Genetic Basis of Compound Leaf Morphology in the Woodland Strawberry"

Mentor: Dr. Zhongchi Liu

BSCI Specialization: Ecology & Evolution

 

Dr. Liu's comments: “Madison joined my lab nearly three years ago and quickly established herself as a valuable member, contributing solutions and making novel discoveries in the molecular mechanism of compound leaf development in strawberry. The Appleman-Norton Award and Departmental High Honors are well-deserved recognitions of her research accomplishments.”


EMILY REAGLE

Co-Recipient of the CBMG Outstanding Student Award

CBMG Departmental High Honors

Thesis Title: "scfC Encodes Substrate Binding Protein of a Putative ABC Importer Essential for Fitness in Streptococcus pyogenes Infections"

Mentor: Dr. Kevin McIver

BSCI Specialization: Microbiology

 

Dr. McIver's comments: “Emily is a consummate scientist who enjoys identifying key questions, developing relevant experiments, and embracing the time-consuming troubleshooting that is necessary for any successful research. Her honors work with graduate student Rezia Braza on the ScfCDE ABC importer was very productive and is currently in preparation for publication. Just as important, Emily is a fun and integral member of the lab and we are all very proud of her receiving ‘high honors’ for her CBMG honors research.” 


ADAM TYRLIK

Co-Recipient of the CBMG Outstanding Student Award

CBMG Departmental Honors

Thesis Title: "The Role of B cell Intracellular Lipid Accumulation on B cell Activation and B cell-mediated Inflammation"

Mentor: Dr. Wenxia Song

BSCI Specialization: Microbiology

 

Dr. Song's comments: “Adam is a unique thinker and has a passion for research. Adam often could be found in the lab on weekends, with full PPE busy on a cryostat or fluorescence microscope. He has contributed to a project on lipid metabolism on B-cell activation and will be a co-author of a future publication. It has been a pleasure watching Adam grow scientifically. We, the Song Lab, congratulate Adam and wish him a bright future.”


ANUJ APTE

CBMG Departmental Honors

Thesis Title: "Altering Drosophila Sleep Patterns to Assess Resistance to Infection by the Entomopathogenic Fungus Metarhizium anisopliae"

Mentor: Dr. Ray St. Leger

BSCI Specialization: General Biology

 

Dr. Jonathan Wang's (Post-doc in the St. Leger Lab) comments: “Anuj is a diligent and independent worker. He displays both dedication and curiosity --which will no doubt serve him well in the future. It was a great pleasure to work with him.”


ADAM DAWOOD

CBMG High Departmental Honors

Thesis Title: "On the Characterization and Detection of Conserved Elements of Mammalian Spermatogonial Stem Cell Self-renewal and Differentiation"

Mentor: Dr. Carol Keefer

BSCI Specialization: Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics

 

Dr. Keefer's comments: “While Adam Dawood was making good progress in the lab before the COVID19 shutdown – he demonstrated that cat spermatogonial stem cells (SSC) express the protein ID4 – it is his findings from his bioinformatics work that may truly contribute to the success of our cat SSC project. He suggested that inhibition of a particular pathway may result in better maintenance and propagation of undifferentiated cat SSC. We are testing that hypothesis in the lab now. If it works, it will improve the system significantly allowing us to grow more cells for use in more complex analyses.”


SHERRY FAN

CBMG Departmental Honors

Thesis Title: "The Role of Intracellular Neutral Lipid Accumulation in B cells in B cell Activation and Mediation of Obesity-Related Inflammation"

Mentor: Dr. Wenxia Song

BSCI Specialization: Physiology & Neurobiology

 

Dr. Song's comments:  “Sherry is highly enthusiastic and academically talented and always looking for a new learning experience. She has worked on a project on obesity and autoimmunity for three years and will be a co-author of a future publication. It has been a pleasure to have Sherry in the lab. All the members of Song lab are very proud of her and wish her a bright future!”


TANYA GHOSH

CBMG Departmental Honors

Thesis Title: "Assessing a Potential Ribosomal Frameshift Signal within the ATF4 mRNA"

Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Dinman

BSCI Specialization: Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics

 

Dr. Dinman's comments: “Tanya is a tremendous self-starter. She took on a new project for the lab based on an observation made by a colleague of a potential +1 ribosomal frameshift event in a human mRNA that encodes a critical transcriptional regulator of the general stress response. This was a difficult high risk/high reward project that she tackled on her own. Through grit and perseverance through the Covid crisis, she solved the problem, demonstrated efficient frameshifting, and will end up with authorship on an very high impact paper. Great job!”


VICTORIA MURPHY

CBMG Departmental Honors

Thesis Title: "Regulatory sequences that promote transgenerational changes in gene expression in the nematode C. elegans"

Mentor: Dr. Antony Jose

BSCI Specialization: Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics

 

Dr. Jose's comments: “Victoria is a fully engaged scientist. Her honors work with graduate student Mary Chey has started a new line of inquiry in the lab that is foundational for a publication. She carefully analyzed different lines to discover a way to monitor spontaneous gene silencing. Victoria is an active contributor who asks insightful questions and makes useful suggestions. Her input during lab meetings has helped multiple projects in the lab and it has been a pleasure to work with her.”


ANGELA YANG

CBMG Departmental Honors

Thesis Title: "Overly low and high fidelities in translation decrease flagellar motility by distinct mechanisms"

Mentor: Dr. Lanny Ling

BSCI Specialization: Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics

 

Dr. Ling's comments: “Angela is a very smart student and has made substantial contributions to several projects in the lab. Her contributions warrant her as a co-author in a submitted manuscript. She is also a very nice person to interact with and has really been a great addition to our lab.”


SIJIA CHEN

CBMG Departmental Honors

Thesis Title: "Elucidating Heme Sensation in the C. elegans Animal Model"

Mentor: Dr. Iqbal Hamza

BSCI Specialization:  Physiology & Neurobiology

 

OMID TABATABABEE

CBMG Departmental Honors

Thesis Title: "Identifying Novel Pair-Rule Genes in Oncopeltus fasciatus"

Mentor: Dr. Leslie Pick

BSCI Specialization: Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics

 



ELI WINKLER

CBMG Departmental Honors

Thesis Title: "Long Interspersed Nuclear Element-1 (LINE-1) Expression and Regulation"

Mentor: Dr. David Sidransky (Hopkins)

BSCI Specialization: Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics 

DANIEL ZHENG

CBMG Departmental Honors

Thesis Title: "Investigating the promoter specificity and evolutionary significance of an Scr enhancer embedded in the Scr-ftz region"

Mentor: Dr. Leslie Pick

BSCI Specialization: Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics

 



Initiates for the Sigma Alpha Omicron (SAO) Microbiology Honor Society


SARAH BEJO

BSCI Specialization: Microbiology

 

Sarah is a graduating senior majoring in microbiology on the pre-med track. She was in the Antibiotic Resistance stream in the UMD FIRE program, where she helped investigate the growing antibiotic resistance of Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Sarah is heavily involved in the Student Health Advisory Committee with the health center and was a TA for BSCI170 and BSCI171.


GRACE BIDDLE

BSCI Specialization: General Biology

 

Grace is a senior majoring in General Biology who has spent the last semester of her undergraduate career focusing on her microbiology interests by taking immunology and virology courses. In addition to these classes, she also participated in a full-time internship with the U.S. Department of State during her final semester, where she worked for the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Missile, Biological, and Chemical Nonproliferation. At the State Department, she was able to use her biological background to assist the office in furthering U.S. nonproliferation goals, and was also able to see how biology plays a major role in U.S. foreign policy. Throughout her time at UMD, she also participated in the Honors College, Honors Ambassadors, Federal Fellows program, One Tent Health, Cru, Terp Thon, and intramural volleyball.


GIOVANNA CASTELLANOS

BSCI Specialization: General Biology

 

Giovanna is a General Biology major, but has dedicated her last semesters concentrating on her field of passion, microbiology. She has worked as a Biological Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for five semesters and has served as a president and tutor for Turtles, Eagles, and Math Club. Upon graduation, she will be performing research in a microbiology lab as a post-baccalaureate Research Assistant Fellow. 


KAYLA ROY

BSCI Specialization: Microbiology

 

Kayla is a third year student graduating this spring in Microbiology. This fall she will be starting her masters in food science. Kayla currently works as a lab technician for the Trichinella Surveillance Project at the Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory in USDA. 


QUYNH-THU KAITLIN TA

BSCI Specialization: Microbiology

 

Kaitlin is a microbiology major with a minor in sustainability and a minor in humanities, health, and medicine. She completed the environment, technology, and economy Scholars program and will be pursuing a career in medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine later this year. During her undergraduate years, Kaitlin has worked in the UMD Microbiology and Environmental Health lab, participated in club tennis and club volleyball, and was on the executive board for Phi Delta Epsilon.


EMILY REAGLE

BSCI Specialization: Microbiology

 

 

CHENGYAN ZHENG

BSCI Specialization: Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics

 



Graduate Student Awards


MUZI LI

Recipient of the Carroll E. Cox Award

Lab: Dr. Zhongchi Liu

Project Title: Comparative transcriptome analysis to identify the mechanisms underlying Rosaceae fruit diversity

BISI Specialization: Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Genomics (CBBG)

 

Dr. Liu's comments: "I'm very fortunate to have Muzi as a graduate student in my lab. She's co-advised by Dr. Steve Mount and myself, so it worked really well as someone who works on the forefront of interdisciplinary research. So she learns plant biology from me and genetics from me, but her analysis is guided by Dr. Steve Mount. She has a talent, and she really works really well in this kind of arrangement and made a really important discoveries in the mechanism, food development. "


REZIA BRAZA

Recipient of the Andrew J. Moyer Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Lab: Dr. Kevin McIver

Project Title: The importance of nutrient adaptation and uptake by Group A Streptococcus for its growth and infection

BISI Specialization: Molecular and Cellular Biology (MOCB)

 

Dr. McIver's comments: "She's not someone that stands on her laurels. I mean, she's incredibly well-prepared and incredibly proactive in everything she does. I think that the fact that, very rarely do we see students that do incredibly well in the lab but also do service as well. That's pretty much two parts of the same coin with Rezia. She very much cares about the lab, the lab community, the graduate community, or her fellow classmates, and how that's worked. She served on probably way too many committees outside of that scope that most students don't do so things in the department and the university that above and beyond, and yet she still was able to get three manuscripts and at least one or two more on the way. At some point, secure herself, a nice post-doc. I can't be happier, and I can't be sadder right because losing Rezia is like losing an arm. We're not going to grow that arm back. We just have to compensate. So, I think it's well-deserved, and I wish you the best of luck, and we’ll miss her. "


NATHAN SHUGARTS

Recipient of the Isabel R. McDonald Service Award

Lab: Dr. Antony Jose

Project Title: Intercellular transport of RNA in the nematode C. elegans

BISI Specialization: Molecular and Cellular Biology (MOCB)

 

Dr. Jose's comments: "He is indeed very much deserving of this award. What I can add as his graduate advisor, and therefore perhaps watching him from a little bit closer is that he is as described a very reliable person who has been kind of a backbone of the lab through the time that he's been in the lab. He’s pushed our lab in new directions, been a very reliable and active participant at meetings. Generally, just pushing the science of everyone to a higher level than it would be without his presence. And as a person also, he brings a kind of friendly presence in the lab that makes the environment really collegiate. I think it's going to help him be a future leader in science and being able to kind of shepherd fields along as discoveries get made over time. So I think these are all great qualities that he possesses, and I'm really thrilled that he's recognized with this award. "


JAMIE KELLY

Recipient of the Wallace Prescott Rowe Award

Lab: Dr. Jonathan Dinman

Project Title: Characterizing the programmed -1 ribosomal frameshift signal of SARS-CoV-2

BISI Specialization: Molecular and Cellular Biology (MOCB)

 

Dr. Dinman's comments: "Within an hour after the SARS-CoV-2 genome sequence was released at the end of January 2020, Jamie had identified its frameshift signal and approached me about doing a molecular and genetic characterization.  Within a few weeks she had obtained her first data. Working through severely limiting conditions through the spring and early summer of 2020, Jamie conducted all of the experiments, and collected and analyzed data to enable us to publish online in June, and publish the final paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry in July.  This was the first characterization of this important genetic regulatory element. To date it has been cited almost 60 times: this citation rate is illustrative of the "high impact" of her research.  From there, Jamie worked with collaborators to conduct a screen for frameshift inhibitors, work which is currently being finished up. Jamie is also the first author of a review article on coronavirus frameshifting that was published in January 2021."


fall 2020 cbmg honors and awards


Undergraduate Student Awards


NATALIE ACKER

CBMG Departmental Honors

Thesis Title: "Determining the Role of Virulence Factor, PDIM, Produced by Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Phagosome Protein Recruitment"

Mentor: Dr. Volker Briken

BSCI Specialization: Cell Biology & Genetics

 


Spring 2020 CBMG Honors and Awards


Undergraduate Student Awards


ELIANA HERMAN

Recipient of the Arne P. Hansen CBMG Honors Thesis Award

CBMG Departmental High Honors

Thesis Title: "Biosynthesis and Role of ACC vs. Ethylene in Marsilea vestita"

Mentors: Dr. Caren Chang and Dr. Stephen Mount

BSCI Specialization: Cell Biology & Genetics

 

Dr. Chang's comments on Eliana: "Eliana brought a specific idea of what she wanted to study in my lab, utilizing sequence data she was generating in Dr. Stephen Mount's lab for the fern Marsilea vestita and applying this new knowledge to wet bench experiments in my lab. She was the driver of her research from start to finish, and her honors thesis is the outstanding product of her exceptional efforts."


ALEXANDRA SCHNEIDER

Recipient of the Outstanding CBMG Undergraduate Award

CBMG Departmental High Honors

Thesis Title: "Characterizing eEF2 mutations for altered translational fidelity and proteostatic stress"

Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Dinman

BSCI Specialization: Cell Biology & Genetics

 

Dr. Dinman's comments on Lexie: "Lexie joined the Dinman lab two and half years ago and rapidly mastered the techniques of molecular biology and yeast genetics. She regularly spent over 30 hours per week in the lab, and truly devoted herself to the research and to mastering the literature. The data she produced and analyzed are flawless and will be the centerpiece of a publication."


SHAVIN THOMAS

CBMG Departmental Honors

Thesis Title: "Guiding gene-specific methylation of histones in C. elegans"

Mentor: Dr. Antony Jose

BSCI Specialization: Physiology & Neurobiology

 

Dr. Jose's comments on Shavin: "Shavin is a source of positive energy for our group and a dynamo at the bench. Thanks to his fearless independence, his project has now turned from a vague idea into an active direction in the lab."


ALEXANDER LAURENSON

 

Recipient of the Appleman-Norton Plant Biology Award

Mentor: Dr. Charles Delwiche

BSCI Specialization: Cell Biology & Genetics

 

Dr. Delwiche's comments on Alexander: "He has been a hard worker in my lab for four full years, and has done a really interesting project on how single celled dinoflagellates respond to changes in light. He's been doing this -- and finishing his bachelors -- while also working as an EMT for Prince George's County, so he's out there on the front lines whiles we are all sheltering in place. I can also say that his thesis ended up involving a lot of complex statistics that I know he didn't want to have to learn, but knuckled down and did a great job with it."


COLIN FIELDS

 

Recipient of the Outstanding CBMG Undergraduate Award

Mentor: Dr. Daniel Stein

BSCI Specialization: Microbiology

 

Dr. Stein's comments on Colin: "Colin is the most complete undergraduate I have interacted with in years. He was somehow able to balance three research projects, maintain an exceptional GPA while double-majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology (with a minor in Astronomy), find time to be an undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Virology and Organic Chemistry and squeeze in exceptional leadership skills, captaining two different intermural soccer teams and an intermural futsal (a type of indoor soccer) team.


Initiation of New Sigma Alpha Omicron (SAO)


EVA AGOSTINO

BSCI Specialization: General Biology

 

Eva is a General Biology major with a focus in microbiology entering the final semester of her undergraduate education. For the past two years, she has been an active member of an FDA research lab studying pathogenic E. coli outbreaks and is excited to start research in an academic virology lab in the fall. Eva has made the most out of her undergraduate experience by also pursuing interests in humanities through her History minor, multidisciplinary Honors seminars in the University of Maryland Honors College, and here study abroad experiences in Spain and England. She enjoys giving back to the University of Maryland community as a UMD Campus Tour Guide and through involvement in community service student organizations.


JOSHUA PICKENS

BSCI Specialization: Microbiology

 

In Joshua's sophomore year, he had a large setback in his academic career. A motorcycle accident on campus that caused him to have short term brain loss and he had to repeat a semester and Organic Chemistry. However, he fought through his adversity and now works as a microbiologist at a lab for Emergent Biosolutions! Joshua is truly putting his microbiology degree to good use.


Graduate Student Awards


FUXI WANG

Recipient of the Carroll E. Cox Award

Lab: Dr.Zhongchi Liu

Project Title: "Investigating Arabidopis meristem development by studying a genetic suppressor of tso 1"

BISI Specialization: Molecular and Cellular Biology (MOCB)

 

Fuxi Wang is currently a fifth-year BISI-MOCB student. Her PhD research investigates how cell cycle regulation is coordinated with stem cell maintenance in Arabidopsis, a flowering plant. Fuxi has identified and characterized a cell cycle regulator (CYCA3;4), whose mutation can suppress the over-proliferation of stem cells exhibited by mutants of TSO1, a member of a conserved transcription complex DREAM. Her research directly links key cell cycle components with stem cell regulators, providing mechanistic insights into stem cell maintenance. Fuxi thinks critically and analytically with attention to detail. She is generous with her time in guiding undergraduate students and contributed to several collaborative projects. The Carroll E. Cox award recognizes her research excellence in plant biology.


REZIA BRAZA

Recipient of the MOCB-BISI M. Zain-Ul-Abedin Memorial Scholarship Award

Lab: Dr. Kevin McIver

Project Title: "Functional Analysis of a Group A Streptococcal Lous Important for Fitness in Soft Tissue"

BISI Specialization: Molecular and Cellular Biology (MOCB) / Host-Pathogen Interactions (HPI)

 

Rezia Era Braza is a 4th-year student in the MOCB concentration area of the BISI graduate program. She immigrated from the Philippines as a young teenager and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. from Morgan State University. Rezia was a trainee on the NIH Host-Pathogen Interactions (HPI) graduate training grant, was awarded the Isabel R. McDonald Service Award, and currently holds a prestigious NIH/NIAID F31 Diversity Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Her research in the McIver laboratory focuses on understanding how the human pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A Streptococcus) obtains critical nutrients during infection that impact the outcome of disease. Rezia's work has resulted in a first author manuscript in Infection and Immunity in 2019 and co-authorship on a paper in Frontiers in Cell Infection and Microbiology in 2018.


ALEXANDER SIMON

Recipient of the Andrew J. Moyer Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Lab: Dr. Jose Feijo

Project Title: "Molecular Evolution and Biophysical Characterization of Plant Glutamate Receptors"

BISI Specialization: Physiological Systems (PSYS)

 

Alex is an extremely dedicated and hard-working graduate student, with elevated sense of responsibility, commitment to his project and endless curiosity about science. In accordance, he excelled in many ways, from sorting out the optimization of mammalian COS7 cells system expression plant ion channels that became an international reference in the field, to experimental records published on top shelf journals and relevant conceptual thinking that made it to seminal reviews about ion signaling and biophysics. Last but not least, Alex is the ultimate team player, always ready to help and collaborate, and someone which makes everyone happy just for being around.

 


Spring 2019 CBMG Honors and Awards

Initiation of New Sigma Alpha Omicron (SAO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Vincent Lee (left), Laura Maria Wilke, Anna B. Seminara, Emily Morgan, Avinaash Kaur Sandhu, Jason Lynch.  

Recognition of Graduation CBMG Honors Students

Congratulations to our graduating CBMG Honors undergraduates for successfully defending their theses! Shown from L to R: Dr. Louisa Wu, Hannah Bress (Honors), Dr. Jon Dinman, Lyra Morina (Honors), Anna Seminara (High Honors) and Dr. Vincent Lee.

CBMG Outstanding Student Award

Dr. Norman Laffer Scholarship

Graduate Student Awards

 

Congratulations to our graduating CBMG Honors undergraduates for successfully defending their theses! 

 

Shown from L to R: Lyra Morina (Fritz Lab), Hannah Bress (Dinman Lab), Anna Seminara (Lee Lab), Uzair Ahtesham (Chang Lab), Jessica Kan (Mount Lab) (not shown).


Spring 2016 CBMG Undergraduate Senior Awards

Students completing CBMG Honors Research

 

Congratulations to our graduating CBMG Honors undergraduates for successfully defending their theses! 

Shown from L to R: Shane Falcinelli (Briken lab), Monika Looney (Jose lab), Charlotte Francoeur (Wu lab), Amelia Stephens (Winkler lab), Lakshmi Kirkire (Pick lab), Eric Zhou (Lee lab), Katie Metz (Delwiche lab), John Paul Ouyang (Chang lab).


May 2015 CBMG Undergraduate Senior Awards

Arne P. Hansen Award for CBMG Honors Program Outstanding Thesis

 

Sarah Helman (right) is graduating Magna Cum Laude in BSCI- Cell Biology & Genetics. She earned High Honors for her research in the lab of Dr. Vince Lee (left).


 

CBMG Outstanding Student Award

 

 

Evguenia Morgun (left) is graduating Magna Cum Lauda in BSCI- Cell Biology & Genetics. She earned High Honors for her research in the lab of Dr. Najib ElSayed (right).

 

CBMG Outstanding Student Award

 

Kai-Li Liang (left) is graduating Magna Cum Laude in BSCI-Microbiology with a minor in Global Poverty. Kai earned High Honors for his research in the lab of Dr. Richard Stewart (right).

 

 

Appleman-Norton Award for Plant Biology

 

Ira Herniter (left) is graduating in BSCI- Cell Biology & Genetics. He earned Honors for his research was in the lab of Dr. Zhongchi Liu (right).



Students completing CBMG Honors Research

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students completing their multiple semesters of research, seminars and honors thesis defense in the CBMG departmental honors program are from the left*:

  1. Steven Klupt “Towards development of tools for live cell imaging of metabolite dynamics” (Dr. Winkler)
  2. Patrick Curry “Characterization of CpsY: A putative transcriptional regulator linked to virulence in group A Streptococcus (Dr. McIver)
  3. Ira Herniter “Determining the function of two novel microRNAs and the effect of GA on transformation in diploid strawberry Fragaria vesca (Dr. Liu)
  4. Michael Kleymen “Using Machine Learning to Analyze Splicing Signals in Plants” (Dr. Mount)

 *Note: Research mentors are behind them in the back row.


 

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistants

Undergraduate students who served as undergraduate teaching assistants were recognized for their multi-term service and excellence in teaching. From left to right are:

MyLinh Vu, Nick Todd, Dr. Patricia Shields, Myrissa Carter and Will Still



Initiates for the Sigma Alpha Omicron Microbiology Honor Society

New initiates are front from left:

 

Naomi Cole, Shane Falcinelli, Erin McCaffrey, Suk-Jun Moon, Theresa Katharina Talalai, Officers of the UMD ASM Microbiology Honor Society welcoming the initiates are (starting 4th from right) Emily DeBoy, Gary Soroosh and Yaniv Kazansky. Dr. Vince Lee (far right) is the faculty advisor for the ASM chapter.

 


May 2015 CBMG Graduate Student Awards

Isabel MacDonald Award

Keith Hughitt was recognized for his service to the BISI graduate program. Keith is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Xiaoping Zhu. Dr. McIver (right), director of the MOCB area of BISI is presenting the award.


Caroline E. Cox Award

Micki Kuhlmann was recognized by the Cox award for her research in the field of plant biology. Micki is a Ph. D. student in the lab of Dr. Anne Simon. Micki’s husband (left) attended the ceremony.


 

Andrew J. Moyer Award

Laura Dillon (left) was recognized for her outstanding Ph.D research she is completing in the lab of Dr. Najib ElSayed (right)

 




Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistants

Ashley Nazarios Toole, Rachel Godbout and John Clay (left to right) were nominated by faculty and recognized for their excellent work with faculty and students as graduate teaching assistants.





May 2014 CBMG Undergraduate Senior Awards

Arne P. Hansen Award for CBMG Honors Program Outstanding Thesis

Rachel Evans

Rachel (left) is graduating Magna Cum Laude in BSCI- Microbiology. She earned High Honors for her research in the lab of Dr. Najib ElSayed (right). Rachel’s project focused upon identifying differential expressed genes in different strains of the parasiteTrypanosoma cruzi using RNAsequ.

CBMG Outstanding Student Award

Elfalem is graduating with a double major in BSCI- Microbiology and Computer Science. His research was in the lab of Dr. Sridhar Hannenhalli dealing with analyzing variability in gene expression across different individuals and tissues, along with two other projects. 




CBMG Outstanding Student Award

Soriayah (right) is graduating in BSCI-GenB with a minor in Arabic. Her research was in the lab of Dr. Antony Jose (left) on inter-tissue signaling through RNA silencing.



Appleman-Norton Award for Plant Biology

Kalyani is graduating Magna Cum Laude in BSCI- Cell Biology & Genetics. Her research was in the lab of Dr. Anne Simon on long distance RNA-RNA interactions in Saguaro cactus virus and ribosome binding sites in Turnip Crinkle virus.


Students completing CBMG Honors Research

Students completing their multiple semesters of research, seminars and honors thesis defense  (their faculty research mentor) are from the left:

Sonal Patel (Dr. Steve Mount), Tyler Thrasher (Dr. Jon Dinman), Kalyani Kumar (Dr. Anne Simon), Darshan Patel (Dr. Vince Lee), and Rachel Evans (Dr. Najib ElSayed).  Dr. Zhongchi Liu (far right) is the director of the CBMG honors research program. 

 

Initiates for the Sigma Alpha Omicron Microbiology Honor Society

New initiates are front from left: Nadia Kadry, Rachel Evans, Elizabeth Partan rear from left: Kai-li Liang; rear from right: Samuel Barnett and Jonathan Hedricks. Officers of the UMD ASM Microbiology Honor Society welcoming the initiates are Frank Cao (2nd from left, rear)  and Dan Frank (front right) 



 


May 2014 CBMG Graduate Student Awards

2014 Center for Teaching Excellence Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

 

Phil (right) and Carolina (left) are two of the three graduate recognized by CTE for outstanding work with faculty and students as graduate teaching assistants. 



Isabel MacDonald Award

 

Susan Park was recognized for her service to the BISI graduate program. Susan is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Xiaoping Zhu.




Caroline E. Cox Award

 

Rachel was recognized by the Cox award for her research in the field of plant biology. Rachel is a Ph. D. student in the lab of Dr. Zhongchi Liu

 



Andrew J. Moyer Award

 

Heather was recognized for her outstanding research as she completed her Ph.D research in the lab of Dr. David Mosser