Megan Justice, a Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology student in our lab, was accepted into the Yale University Ciencia Initiative program. Throughout 2019, Megan will participate in a program designed “to expand access to scientific knowledge, experiences, and careers among communities or populations traditionally underrepresented in, or underserved by, the scientific enterprise.”
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Emily Shen and Junjie Zhou are new undergraduate researchers in the Dowen Lab. Emily is a biology major and she is also pursuing a minor in statistics. Junjie is a biostatistics major. They are both learning molecular biology in order to study genome folding. Welcome to the lab!
Dr. Dowen has been trained in being a faculty mentor. She completed a multi-session workshop that cover topics such as:
- Effective Communication
- Aligning Expectations
- Assessing Understanding
- Fostering Independence
- Professional Development
- Addressing Equity and Inclusion
- Articulating Your Mentoring Philosophy
Learn more about the Faculty Mentoring Training Workshop Series put on by the UNC Chapel Hill Office of Graduate Eduction.
Nicole participated in a team that built a kids bike and raced it against other teams. At the end of the team building exercise, the bikes were donated to charity.
Alex Stutzman is a 1st year graduate student in the BBSP program at UNC. She is doing a joint rotation with our lab and the lab of Dan McKay for the fall period. Welcome to the lab Alex!
Nicole Arruda was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation! This is a highly competitive award that will fund her studies for 3 years. Way to go Nicole!
About the award: “The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.”
Nicole Arruda has joined the Dowen Lab for her thesis work. She had a great rotation and we are excited to have her join the lab and study genome architecture. Welcome Nicole!
Supin has joined the Dowen Lab for her postdoctoral studies. We are happy to welcome her to the group and excited about the experience she brings in genome organization and gene control.
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Megan’s undergraduate research work on de novo sequencing and analysis of the Sumatran Rhinoceros genome has been accepted for publication at the journal Current Biology. This work will also be referenced in a highlighted release for a lay audience. The results of this study reveal that before human interaction with the species, ecological pressures had already begun decreasing the population size, contributing to the endangered status of the Rhinoceros.