We are proud to have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how animals create exceptionally large cells: their eggs. These funds will support our work on the stable inter-cellular bridges that allow nurse cells to inflate and stock developing egg cells, so that embryonic development can be supported. The grant aims to define how these bridges are stable despite a similar constitution to contractile rings in cell division.
Daniel Cortes, who recently moved to Chapel Hill from Davis, CA, is carrying out post-doctoral studies in the aMDX lab. Daniel will now be supported by a Diversity Supplement award from the NIH. This award will allow Daniel to attend international conferences such as ASCB, and workshops on grant writing, biophysics, and computer science, but locally and overseas. This generous award will fuel Daniel’s ongoing work on the development of quantitative analysis of cytoskeletal remodeling during cell division.
Karine Bourdages now holds a fellowship from the Cole Foundation, a private foundation that funds research in Montréal’s universities and hospitals, aimed at understanding the mechanisms of and curing childhood and young adult leukemias. Karine’s project, entitled “Genome-wide CRISPR gene knock-out collection in human cells,” will work towards identifying new therapeutic targets for cancers bearing mutations in Fbw7, a tumor suppressor gene mutated in 31% of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.