Born Tuesday February 9, 2016 at 11:30 pm, Juliette Soucy came into the world at 19 inches long and 7 lbs 5 oz.
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.
Jonas Dorn has moved positions and is now ASSESS MS project lead in the Digital Development group at Novartis, where he continues to work on novel ways to quantify disease progression in multiple sclerosis and other diseases.
This year the French national science council “Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique” awarded only 5 permanent positions in the fields of Cell and Developmental Biology this past year. Ben Lacroix was one of the awardees. This position ensures his salary for life, be it in his present post as a postdoc in the lab of Julien Dumont at the Institut Jacques Monod in Paris, or as a lab head himself, anywhere within France.
Ben uses biochemical, cell biological, and developmental biology approaches to understand the regulation of changes to the microtubule cytoskeleton that occur throughout development and differentiation.
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.
Paul and Amy enjoyed getting to know Daniel Cortes when he hosted them for seminars at UC Davis. They got the return the favor, hosting him for a post-doc interview this spring. Daniel gave an outstanding talk and everyone who met him was enthusiastically in favor of his recruitment.