An Experimental Treatment Failed in Mice, and Researchers Did the Right Thing: They Published About It

June 20, 2022

The knowledge could help steer scientists toward more promising approaches.

UConn Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology David Goldhamer, Alexion Pharmaceuticals researcher Jeffrey Hunter, and colleagues worked for years to discover a potential antibody therapy for FOP using accurate genetic mouse models of the disease developed by the two groups. The idea was that the antibody would block the mutant receptor and prevent the responsible stem cells from making new bone. But the results were exactly the opposite.

See story in UConn Today 

Graf Receives 2022 CLAS Faculty Mentoring Award

May 25, 2022

Joerg Graf has been awarded the CLAS 2022 Faculty Mentoring of Graduate Students Award. The Faculty Mentoring Awards recognize faculty who demonstrate exemplary support, encouragement, and the creation of opportunities to enrich the learning and professional development of others. Awards are given in three categories each year: mentoring of faculty, mentoring of graduate students, and mentoring of undergraduate students.

Congratulations MCB 2022 University Scholars

May 16, 2022

Open to undergraduate students from all of the University's schools and colleges, the University Scholar Program allows students to design and pursue an in-depth research or creative project and to craft a learning plan that supports their interests and academic goals during their final three semesters. Each student is mentored by an advisory committee of three faculty.

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2022 Excellence in Applied Genetics and Technology Award

May 9, 2022

Roshni Mehta has been awarded the 2022 Excellence in Applied Genetics and Technology Award. Each year UConn's Center for Applied Genetics and Technology of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sponsors the award that is given to an outstanding graduating senior who has conducted original research in applied genetics/genomics using an innovative technology or conducting research applied to a broadly defined problem of interest to society.  

Who Let the DoGs Out? An Analysis of RNA Transcription Readthrough and Termination
Roshni Mehta, Leighton J. Core, Luke Wojenski

Congratulations Roshni!

MCB Outstanding Senior Award

Lauren Daddi has been awarded the 2022 MCB Outstanding Senior Award. The Outstanding Senior in MCB Award is awarded to a MCB or Biological Sciences major who has demonstrated exceptional academic and research accomplishment within the MCB department during her or his undergraduate career.

Identification of ciprofloxacin resistance factors via in vivo evolution of Aeromonas veronii in the medicinal leech
Lauren Daddi, Joerg Graf

Congratulations, Lauren!

2022 Judith A. and David C. Kelly Summer MCB Research Fellowships Announced

Congratulations to Shell Chen (Stacey Hanlon lab), Hamza Kasanga (Jonathan Klassen lab), and Harpreet Kaur (Charlie Giardina lab)

The Judith A. and David C. Kelly Summer MCB Research Fellowship program will support these three rising senior MCB majors in their research activities in an MCB Faculty laboratory during the summer of 2022.


Three MCB Undergrads Receive UConn IDEA Grants

May 5, 2022

Congratulations to the following MCB Undergrads that have been awarded Spring 2022 UConn IDEA Grant Recipients!

Ananya Aggarwal ’24, Molecular and Cell Biology, CLAS Synthesizing Cisplatin Loaded Nanoparticles for the Intraperitoneal Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

Nour Al Zouabi ’23, Molecular and Cell Biology & IMJR: Rights, Health, and Refugees, CLAS Refugees’ Post-Resettlement Barriers to Accessing Healthcare Services in the Northeastern  United States During COVID-19

Alexandra Goldhamer ’23, Molecular and Cell Biology & Human Rights, CLAS The Attenuation of Diet-Induced Obesity Through Locus Coeruleus Chemoactivation

The UConn IDEA Grant program awards funding to support self-designed projects including artistic endeavors, community service initiatives, research projects, prototyping and entrepreneurial ventures, and other creative and innovative projects in the 2022-23 academic year.

MCB Celebrates Promotion of Four Faculty

May 2, 2022

Congratulations to
Leighton Core, promotion to Associate Professor
Thomas Abbott, promotion to Associate Professor In-Residence
David Daggett, promotion to Associate Professor In-Residence
Patricia Rossi, promotion to Associate Professor In-Residence

Evaluations for promotion, tenure, and reappointment apply the highest standards of professional achievement in scholarship, teaching, and service for each faculty member evaluated.


Spring ’22 Graduate Student Awards

April 29, 2022

Summer Fellowship Awards

Claire M. Berg Graduate Fellowship in Genetics

Sophia Gosselin, Michelle Neitzey

Arthur Chovnick Graduate Fellowship in Genetics
Bryce Santinello

Richard C. Crain, Jr. Memorial Fellowship
JD Tamucci

Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship in MCB and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Katie Kyle

Dr. Edward A. and Dr. Lamia H. Khairallah Graduate Fellowship
Karishma Dhuri, Shipra Malik, SooWan Lee

Jean Lucas-Lenard Special Summer Fellowship in Biochemistry
Alyssa Coulter, Ryan Drennan, Michael Griffith

Philip I. Marcus Graduate Student Fellowship in Virology
Joshua Calabrese

Pfizer Summer Fellowship in Molecular and Cell Biology
Gabrielle Hartley, Profiero (Irio) Schiano

Antonio H. & Marjorie J. Romano Graduate Education Fellowship
Todd Testerman; Nidhi Vijayan, Yutian Feng

Todd M. Schuster Award in Molecular and Cell Biology
Danielle Arsenault

Biohaven Pharmaceuticals Fellowship
Savannah Hoyt

Visit the MCB department website to learn more about these fellowships

Outstanding TAs

Derrick Kamp, Nidhi Vijayan

DEMI Awards

Spring 2022
Pariksheet Nanda, Emery Ng, Joshua Gil

Summer 2022
Khalia Cain, Gabrielle Corso, Kelly Crandall, Corynne Dedeo, Kristen Dostie-Laprise, Ryan Duggan, Aaron Feinstein, Sophia Gosselin, Patrick Grady, Matthew Kearney, Nadine Lebek, Tyler McDermott, Brandon O'Sullivan, Didem Ozcan, Camille Pearce, Jennifer Podgorski, Ashley Reed, Sean Stoessel, Geno Villafano, Richard Whitehead

Summer Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Awards

Gabrielle Corso, Yutain Feng, Joshua Gil, Rishabh Kejriwal, Jeffrey Tamucci, Nidhi Vijayan

Graduate Degrees Conferred

Joshua Gil, Elizabeth Herder, Rishabh Kejriwal, Virginia King, Jamie Micciulla, Pariksheet Nanda, Irio Schiano, Wayne Mitchell