Mitch worked on synthetic biology as an independent research project for several years. The goal was to design a toggle switch that used a basic leucine zipper (C/EBPa) and a dominant-negative (3HF). His results were submitted as a honor’s thesis and he graduated with distinction in Biology. Congratulations!
Tony Burnetti and Selcan Aydin defended their dissertations on back-to-back days! Double congrats to these new PhDs posing with Selcan’s magnum of champagne.
Tony defended his dissertation on the “Coupling of the Yeast Metabolic Cycle and the Cell Division Cycle in Populations and Single Cells“. Tony’s committee was Paul Magwene (Biology), Amy Schmid (Biology), Philip Benfey (Biology), and Nicolas Buchler (Biology & Physics). Tony is now a University Program in Genetics & Genomics PhD.
Selcan defended her dissertation on “Understanding the Effects of Genetic Variation on Osmo-adaptation Dynamics Across Saccharomyces cerevisiae using Bulk Segregant Analysis and Whole Genome Sequencing“. Selcan’s committee consisted of Paul Magwene (Biology), Tom Mitchell-Olds (Biology), John Willis (Biology), Amy Schmid (Biology), Danny Lew (Pharmacology & Cancer Biology), and Nicolas Buchler (Biology & Physics). Selcan is now a Biology PhD.
Anne Marie Augustus was awarded a Foerster-Bernstein Post-Doctoral Fellowship. She will continue her work on E2F/SBF in early-diverging fungi in the laboratory of Dr. Raluca Gordan.