reception_icon.pngCongratulations to the following graduate students on their impressive achievements and academic excellence!

 

Megan Aarnio

  • University of Georgia Graduate school travel award, 2013
  • Invited speaker for Society of Glycobiology Annual Meeting, 2013

 

Sandii Brimble, Ph.D

  • Graduated from the Wells' laboratory; accepted instructor position in the Biology Department at UGA.

 

Whitney Bullard

  • NIH T32 predoctoral fellowship, 2014
  • University of Georgia Graduate School Travel Award, 2014

 

Eric DeJesus

  • ARCS Foundation Global Impact Award, 2013

 

Sean Durning, Ph.D

  • Graduated from the Wells' laboratory; accepted a post-doctoral fellowship in Immunobiology at Yale, 2014

 

Matt Furgerson

  • ARCS Foundation Award, 2013
  • Mary Erlanger Fellowship, 2013
  • Graduate School Teaching Fellowship, 2012, 2013
  • Internship with the Technology Commercialization Office at UGA, 2014
  • Graduated from the Fechheimer laboratory; accepted research position at Sanofi/Genzyme, 2014

 

Matt Keller

  • ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Student Program, 2013
  • Institute of Chemical Engineer (IChemE) Energy award finalist, 2013

 

Varshika Kotu

  • University of Georgia Graduate school travel award, 2013

 

Joseph LaMattina

  • University of Georgia Graduate school travel award, 2013, 2014

 

Sonali Majumdar

  • Travel award, Cold Spring Harbor Lab Regulatory RNA meeting, 2014
  • Travel award, Annual CRISPR meeting, UC Berkeley, 2011
  • Publications:

                  Caryn R. Hale, Sonali Majumdar, Joshua Elmore, Neil Pfister, Mark Compton, Sara Olson, A.M.
                  Resch, Claiborne V. Glover, Brenton Graveley, Rebecca M. Terns, Michael P. Terns. (2012)
                  Essential Features and Rational Design of CRISPR RNAs that Function with the Cas RAMP
                  Module Complex to Cleave RNAs. Molecular Cell, 45(3): 292-302

 

Nickita Mehta

  • Invited Plenary speaker for the Annual Drosophila conference, 2014
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Departmental poster award, 2014
  • University of Georgia Graduate school travel award, 2014
  • Society for Glycobiology, Travel award, 2013
  • Invited speaker for the pre-conference for Glycobiology, 2013

 

Jessica Mitchell

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Departmental poster award, 2014
  • Invited platform speaker for GSA Yeast Genetics Meeting, 2014

 

David Nix

  • Visited the NIH for training, 2014
  • Invited Seminar Speaker at Georgia College, 2014
  • Visited John’s Hopkins for training, 2014
  • Workshop faculty for Analytical Glycobiology Training, 2013
  • Visited the University of New Hampshire for training, 2013
  • Nix, D. B., Kumagai, T., Katoh, T., Tiemeyer, M., Aoki, K. Improved In-Gel Reductive β-Elimination for Comprehensive O-Linked and Sulfo-Glycomics by Mass Spectrometry. J. Vis. Exp. (), e51840, doi:10.3791/51840 (2014)

 

David Reynolds

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Departmental poster award, 2014
  • Received a $52,000 pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association to explore epigenetic regulation of gene expression in the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. This protozoan causes Chagas disease, which is a major cause of cardiac disease in South and Central America. David will study the role of a DNA base found within the parasite known as base J. Previous studies indicate that disruption of base J synthesis leads to changes in gene expression and renders T. cruzi defective in host cell invasion and egress. Work conducted under this grant will continue their investigation into what may be an important therapeutic target against Chagas disease.
  • University of Georgia Graduate School Travel Award, 2014
  • Invited speaker for Molecular Parasitology Annual Meeting, 2014

Amanda Rhaesa

  • Invited student speaker at BESC annual scientific retreat in Chattanooga TN
  • NSF GRFP Honorable Mention April 2014.

 

Chin Fen Teo, Ph.D

  • Graduated from the Wells' laboratory; accepted a Howard Hughes Medical Institute post-doctoral fellowship at University California, San Francisco, 2014

 

Krithika Vaidyanathan, Ph.D

  • Graduated from the Wells' laboratory; accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at the Sanford-Burnham Institute in San Diego, CA, 2014
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Departmental poster award, 2014
  • Best Poster Award at NIH Glycobiology Day in Bethesda, MD, 2014
  • Travel award from the Society for Glycobiology to attend annual meeting in St. Petersburg, FL, 2013
  • Society for Glycobiology Travel Award, 2013

 

Jonathan Viola

  • University of Georgia Graduate School travel award, 2014
  • Complex Carbohydrate Research Center travel award, 2014

 

Tony Szempruch

  • American Society for Cell Biology Local Meeting Grant for the Second Annual Cell Biology of Eukaryotic Pathogens Symposium at Clemson University, 2014
  • University of Georgia Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Poster Award, 2014
  • University of Georgia Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute University of Liverpool Fellowship, 2014
  • University of Georgia Graduate School Travel Award, 2014
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Frontiers in Biochemistry Symposium Poster Award, 2014
  • RNA Society Travel Award, 2013
  • University of Georgia Graduate School Travel Award, 2013
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Endowed Scholarship to Attend the Biology of Parasitism Course at the Marine Biological Labs at Woods Hole, 2013

 

Hyowon Ahn

  • Southeastern Regional Yeast Meeting travel award, 2013
  • Yeast genetics meeting travel award, 2014
  • University of Georgia Graduate School Travel Award, 2014

 

David Thieker

  • Complex Carbohydrate Research Center travel award, 2012
  • Publication: Meng, L., Forouhar, F., Thieker, D., Gao, Z., Ramiah, A., Moniz, H., & ... Moremen, K. (2013). Enzymatic basis for N-glycan sialylation: structure of rat α2,6-sialyltransferase (ST6GAL1) reveainls conserved and unique features for glycan sialylation. The Journal Of Biological Chemistry, 288(48), 34680-34698. doi:10.1074/jbc.M113.519041
  • University of Georgia Graduate School travel award, 2014
  • Complex Carbohydrate Research Center travel award, 2014
  • 2nd place at the HealthCare Hackathon in Atlanta, GA, 8/2015

 

Jeremy Praissman

  • Publication: Praissman JL, Wells L. Mammalian O-mannosylation pathway: glycan structures, enzymes, and protein substrates. Biochemistry. 2014;53(19):3066-78. doi: 10.1021/bi500153y. PubMed PMID: 24786756; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4033628.
  • Society for Glycobiology travel award, 2014

Agniva Saha

  • Genetics Society of America GSA travel award, 2014
  • University of Georgia Graduate School Travel Award, 2014
  • Poster presentation award by BCMB department at CCRC 2014