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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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Jacob Suissa

Jacob Suissa Receives New England Botanical Club Award

May 26, 2020
Congratulations to Jacob Suissa (Friedman Lab), recipient of the New England Botanical Club Graduate Student Research Award! The awards are made to the graduate student(s) submitting the best research proposal dealing with systematic botany, plant ecology, genetics, plant conservation biology, or related fields pertaining to the New England flora. Jacob was chosen for his abstract, ... Read more about Jacob Suissa Receives New England Botanical Club Award
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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Peter Girguis courtesy of The Moore Foundation

Peter Girguis Awarded Petra Shattuck Excellence in Teaching

May 22, 2020

Congratulations to Peter Girguis, recipient of the 2020 Petra Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award!

Established by the Harvard Extension School in memory of Petra T. Shattuck, a distinguished and dedicated Harvard Extension teacher who died in 1988, these prizes are presented annually to honor outstanding teaching. 

Pardis Sabeti Lab courtesy of Michael Butts

Pardis Sabeti Awarded Funding from TED's Audacious Project

May 14, 2020

Prof. Pardis Sabeti partnered with Christian Happi, Professor and Director of the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Redeemer's University in Nigeria, to develop, Sentinel, an early warning system that detects and tracks viral threats in real time.

Sabeti and Happi plan to combine rapid CRISPR-based test results in different regions and countries with data-sharing technology to track outbreaks and share information to preempt a pandemic. The...

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Austin Garner

Austin Garner Receives GSAS Award

May 7, 2020
Congratulations to PhD candidate Austin Garner (Hopkins Lab) recipient of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Council Summer Research Award for his project, "Revealing the evolutionary history of speciation by reinforcement through genetic variation in Phlox flower color."