Inventions of the Year: UMD Researchers Develop FANA Aptamers to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Faculty Spotlight · 31. May 2022
Professor Jeffrey DeStefano and postdoctoral associate Irani Alves Ferreira-Bravo—both from UMD’s Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, were inspired to use their lab’s knowledge of aptamers to expand and improve upon existing therapeutics for COVID-19. Their developments in fluoro-arabino nucleic acid (FANA) aptamers could help prevent initial infection with SARS-CoV-2.

CBMG Spotlight: Annual Award Ceremony - Spring 2022
CBMG Spotlight · 17. May 2022
The Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics (CBMG) celebrated its annual Undergraduate and Graduate awards on May 11, 2022. Congratulations to all the CBMG recipients!

CBMG Spotlight: College Announces 2022 Employee Award Recipients
CBMG Spotlight · 16. May 2022
The University of Maryland's College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) celebrated its 2022 employee award recipients on April 22, 2022 at its Academic Awards Festival. Congratulations to all the CBMG recipients!

Personal Story - Heven Sze (Professor Emerita)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 16. May 2022
Heven Sze is a Professor Emerita who started with the department in 1982. During her academic journey, she has faced many challenges, like being viewed as a “faculty wife” and trying to find a healthy balance in her personal and professional life. Read about the hurdles she has faced and overcome in the 2005 article published in the American Society of Plant Biologists Newsletter.

Personal Story - Fuxi Wang (Graduate Student, Liu Lab)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 13. May 2022
Graduate student Fuxi Wang, a winner of the newly-instituted CBMG DEI award, has made important contributions to our department, including creating a welcoming, inclusive, fair, and open environment. Fuxi has always displayed sensitivity towards people of different backgrounds and can be counted on to speak up on issues relating to fair treatment in classes, the lab, the department, and on campus. Here is her short video introducing the 2022 Winter Olympics mascot from her hometown.

Personal Story - Teresa Thompson (CBMG Staff)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 13. May 2022
Teresa was born in Washington DC in the 60's in the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. Her parents instilled in her a passion for social justice and civil rights, hence her interest in being a member of the DEI committee. Read her story below.

Personal Story - Claudia Gonzalez Arevalo (MCB Housekeeping)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 09. May 2022
Claudia M. Gonzalez Arevalo (Housekeeping) provides outstanding service to the Microbiology Building. MCB has 500 people coming and going each day and Claudia provides a wonderful first impression to anyone who enters Microbiology. She is conscientious, dependable, polite and works extremely hard to keep this building looking the best it can. Read her story of coming to the United States.

Kevin Tu Named as one of the 2022 Goldwater Scholars
Student Spotlight · 01. April 2022
“As a researcher, Kevin is highly motivated to take on complex problems,” Dinman said. “The project he’s working on will mark the first demonstration through which a disruption in a -1 programmed ribosomal frameshifting signal leads to the development of a specific human disease. In addition to his keen scientific insight and fierce devotion to research, he has demonstrated his versatility and innovative approach as an educator.”

Dr. Brian Pierce awarded $1.5 million NIH R35 Grant!
Faculty Spotlight · 04. January 2022
Dr. Brian Pierce, an Assistant Professor in the CBMG Department, was recently awarded a $1.5 million R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) grant from the National Institutes of Health for his project entitled “High Resolution Modeling and Design of Immune Recognition”.

CBMG Welcome Back to School Event
CBMG Spotlight · 01. September 2021
CBMG would like to thank everyone that attended and made the Welcome Back event a great success!

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