Karine Bourdages, who completed part of her doctoral work in our lab at the Universite de Montreal, successfully defended her thesis on Friday March 2, at the U de M. Karine worked on cytokinesis in the vulval precursor cells of C. elegans, a truly in situ model of epithelial biogenesis. She published her work in PLoS1, and also published a review in Developmental Cell and contributed to a Methods in Cell Biology chapter. When Amy moved to UNC, she transferred into the lab of Mike Tyers, where she performed genome-wide CRISPR to determine the molecular underpinnings of mammalian cell size regulation. She contributed to a paper in Molecular and Cellular Biology, was awarded a Cole Foundation Fellowship, and generated results for forthcoming manuscripts. In a 2.5 hour public presentation and questioning session, Karine successfully defended her work on these two very different systems, and was awarded her PhD.