2020

MinYa

Min Ya Awarded GSAS Merit Fellowship

June 30, 2020
Congratulations to PhD Candidate Min Ya (Kramer Lab) awarded the GSAS Merit Fellowship in recognition of her academic talent and promise! 
Ryan Hulett

Ryan Hulett Awarded NIH Fellowship

June 29, 2020

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Ryan Hulett (Srivastava Lab) awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research for his project titled, "Identifying genetic pathways and cellular sources for neural regeneration in adult animals"

The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the...

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Jianshania furcatus, from the Ercaicun section of Haikou, Cambrian (Stage 3) Chengjiang biota

MicroCT Reveals New Arthropod Species

June 1, 2020

Using microCT Javier Ortega-Hernández and Yu Liu, Professor of Paleobiology, Yunnan University, China discovered Xiaocaris luoi, a new species of fuxianhuiid, an important group of early branching arthropods that are central to discussions concerning the early evolution of this phylum. Xiaocaris luoi, represents the smallest known fuxianhuiid, its trunk legs bore strong spines...

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Tomographic models of Leanchoilia illecbrosa juveniles from the Cambrian (Stage 3) Chengjiang biota of South China

MicroCT Reveals Detailed Head Morphology of Arthropod, Leanchoilia illecebrosa

June 25, 2020

Javier Ortega-Hernández and Yu Liu, Professor of Paleobiology, Yunnan University, China have collaborated for years in the study of Chengjiang arthropods and their evolutionary significance. Their latest paper in Current Biology shows with unprecedented clarity the head morphology of the species Leanchoilia illecebrosa - a member of...

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Tree Canopy by James Bowe on Flickr

Study Aids in Understanding How Leaf Carbon Transport in Mature Trees Aids in Water Stress

June 1, 2020

Trees typically experience mid-day water depressions due to water evaporating out of the plant's stomata (a tiny opening or pore in plant leaves that intakes carbon dioxide, which is needed for photosynthesis). To understand how the water stress influences carbon's movement from the leaves (where production begins) to the roots, trunk and shoots (where the water is needed), PhD candidate Jessica Gersony (Holbrook Lab) measured carbon and water traits of five mature red oak trees over the course of 24 hours at Harvard Forest.

Working with...

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Study Supports Key Insights into Fish Locomotion

June 8, 2020

Fish locomotion is characterized by waves of muscle electrical activity that proceed from head to tail, and result in an undulatory pattern of body bending that generates thrust during locomotion. However, isolating and studying these movements in live fishes is difficult and scientists often use robotic models instead. Most robotic fish models are either passive, flapping models that are simple but don't actively swim, or active, hard models that actively swim but take forever to construct. PhD candidate ...

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Fruit Fly which contains oskar gene

Extavour Lab Discovers Part of Key Gene Needed for Insect Reproduction Came from Bacterial Genomes

February 25, 2020

For a decade Prof. Cassandra Extavour pitched a project to students to understand whether horizontal gene transfer — the process of passing genes between organisms without sexual reproduction — might be responsible for part of the makeup of a gene, known as oskar, that plays a critical role in the creation of germ cells in some insects. PhD candidate Leo Blondel (MCO, Extavour Lab) rose to the challenge. Blondel, a first-year student in the Molecules, Cells, and Organisms (MCO) program, was able to provide the strongest suggestive evidence yet that at least part of oskar...

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Snapshots from a live recording of Drosophila embryonic development.  (Image courtesy of Stefan Günther/EMBL Heidelberg)

Life from Chaos

May 27, 2020

Prof. Mahadevan and researchers have developed a framework to quantify the fate and dynamic organization of cells into tissues from imaging data by applying techniques of fluid dynamics and chaos theory to embryogenesis.

Embryogenesis — how an organism arises from a single cell — is one of the most mysterious and complex processes in nature. The large-scale, coordinated and collective movements of cells in a tissue during embryogenesis resemble the complex and chaotic flows of fluids in the ocean or atmosphere. How the movements determine which cells are destined to...

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Derek Bok Center

Fall 2019 Derek Bok Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching

May 25, 2020

Congratulations to OEB graduate students, postdocs and associates awarded the Fall 2019 Derek Bok Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching!

Certificates of Distinction for TFs, TAs and CAs: Abagail Burrus (OEB 10), Alyssa Hernandez (OEB 10), Austin Garner, Brock Wooldridge and Tianzhu Xiong (OEB 50), Richard Childers (OEB 54), Sarah Losso (OEB 56), Min Ya (OEB...

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Sang Il Kim

Sang Il Kim Recipient of the Graduate Student Research Enhancement Award

May 28, 2020
Congratulations to PhD Candidate Sang Il Kim (Farrell Lab), awarded the Graduate Student Research Enhancement Award (Program Award) from The Coleopterists Society for his project, "Target enrichment phylogenomics of longhorned beetle genus Anoplophora Hope, 1839 (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae) with emphasis on their adaptation to the temperate... Read more about Sang Il Kim Recipient of the Graduate Student Research Enhancement Award

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