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Nicole selected as nominee for the Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nicole Arruda was selected as the nominee from the Genetics and Molecular Biology PhD Program to compete for a Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award. The Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes the highest level of graduate student scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill, highlighting the original and innovative work of our doctoral candidates and graduates.

There are 4 total awards given out each year, 1 in each of these 4 areas:
– Biological & Life Sciences (applicable for Nicole’s thesis work)
– Humanities & Fine Arts
– Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering
– Social Sciences

We are wishing Nicole well during the competitive selection process and hope her phenomenal accomplishments will be recognized with an award by The Graduate School at UNC.

Alex and Audra win “Best Talk” awards at UNC Genetics Department Retreat

A huge congratulation goes out to graduate student Alex Stutzman and postdoctoral fellow Audra Bryan for giving excellent research talks at the 2022 UNC Genetics Department Retreat. The retreat was held Sept 14-16 in Wilmington, NC and was full of exciting research and scientific discussions. Both Alex and Audra received “Best Talk” awards in recognition of their terrific presentations. Way to go!

Nicole and Audra receive Science Mentoring Awards!

Two members of the Dowen Lab receive recognition for their outstanding mentoring from the UNC Office of Graduate Education!

Our very own Audra Bryan has received an Outstanding Mentor Award for her terrific efforts as a mentor in our lab, and especially for her work with Geoff during his fall rotation. Her planning, leadership, and time commitment were outstanding. She struck the right balance of hands-on guidance vs allowing for independence, which can be hard to achieve. We appreciate you going the extra mile as a mentor in our lab. Congratulations for earning this amazing award!

Our very own Nicole Arruda has received an Outstanding Mentor Award for her dedication to always helping others learn new techniques and analyses, providing constructive feedback/advice, and making our lab environment so fun and supportive. Congratulations Nicole! We appreciate you.

Audra Bryan completes the UNC Office of Graduate Education Mentor Training

Audra completes “Faculty Mentor Training for Biomedical Researchers” through the UNC Office of Graduate Education. The curriculum is designed to improve research mentoring skills of established scientists, faculty, and future biomedical science leaders. The content included: effective communication, aligning expectations, promoting professional development, addressing equity and inclusion, fostering independence and assessing understanding. Your dedication to enhancing the scientific training environment is appreciated!

Natalie selected for GENETICS Peer Review Training Program

Natalie has been accepted into the competitive GENETICS Peer Review Training Programing through the Genetics Society of America. Through this program she will develop the skills to provide constructive scientific feedback to peers and will review manuscripts as an Early Career Reviewer in the Gene Expression Section for the next two years (2022-2024). Congratulations Natalie!

Welcome Winter Rotation student JP Flores!

JP earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology, with a Minor in Public Health, from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA in 2021. There he studied the potential medical relevance of cone snail venom using molecular biology and biochemistry assays. His work also involved computational biology of sequencing data. JP has been involved in scientific outreach activities and has been an advocate for promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the sciences. We appreciate his leadership in this area and can’t wait to see what he does in the future. Welcome to the Dowen Lab!