July 30, 2014

2004 Fellows & Scholars

MBL Summer Research Fellows
Eleven scientists have received fellowships totaling $160,000 to conduct research at the MBL this summer.

Jan Ellenberg, Ph.D.
European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany
“Meiotic chromosome dynamics in echinoderms”
Supported by the Evelyn and Melvin Spiegel, Frederik B. Bang, Lucy B. Lemann, Robert Day Allen, and Herbert W. Rand Fellowships

Simone Engelender, M.D., Ph.D.
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
“Study of synphilin-1 function and its contribution to Parkinson’s disease”
Supported by a Gruss Lipper Foundation Fellowship

John H. Henson, Ph.D.
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
“Cytoskeletal mechanisms underlying retrograde flow and spindle assembly in sea urchin cells”
Supported by an MBL Associates Fellowship

Eileen M. Lafer, Ph.D.
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
“Basic mechanisms underlying neurotransmission”
Supported by the Herbert W. Rand, H. Burr and Susie Steinbach, James A. and Faith Miller, Erik B. Fries, Charles R. Crane, Ann E. Kammer Memorial, and Plum Foundation John E. Dowling Fellowships

Matthew E. Larkum, Ph.D.
University of Bern, Switzerland
“Characterization of the active dendritic properties of the pyramidal cells of turtle cortex – Part 2”
Supported by a Nikon Fellowship

Alex Levine, Ph.D.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
“The role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and nitric oxide (NO) in zebrafish mating”
Supported by a Gruss Lipper Foundation Fellowship

Donald L. Lovett, Ph.D.
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ.
“Physiological significance of methyl farnesoate in osmoregulation by Crabs”
Supported by the John O. Crane and Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship funds

Eduardo A. Perozo, Ph.D.
University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, VA
“Identification and characterization of novel ion channels from marine prokaryotes”
Supported by the MBL Associates, Stephen W. Kuffler, Frank R. Lillie, and M. G. F. Fuortes Fellowship funds

Ehud Razin, Ph.D.
The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
“Lysyl tRNA synthase and Ap4A: New roles in the regulation of the activity of transcription factors”
Supported by a Gruss Lipper Foundation Fellowship

Charles B. Shuster, Ph.D.
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
“Spatio-temporal regulation of cytokinesis in echinoderm embryos”
Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund

Herman Wolosker, M.D., Ph.D.
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
“Role of endogenous D-serine in the brain”
Supported by a Gruss Lipper Foundation Fellowship

Grass Fellows
Eleven young scientists have been awarded fellowships by the Grass Foundation to conduct research in neurobiology at the MBL this summer. The program is directed by Susan Barry, Mount Holyoke College. Daphne Soares, University of Maryland, serves as associate director.

Rachel Mary Berquist, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota, Duluth
“Response dynamics of saccular afferent fibers in free-swimming toadfish, Opsanus tau”

Manuel Estrada, Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
“Effects of steroid hormones on intracellular Ca2+ signaling in a neuronal cell line”

Michael A. Farries
University of Washington Medical Center
“Long-term synaptic plasticity in nucleus RA of the zebra finch: a possible substrate for song learning”

Robert Crooks Froemke
University of California, Berkeley
“The cellular mechanisms and synaptic organization of neocortical receptive fields”

Eric Briant Gonzales
University of North Texas Health Science Center
“Kinetic determinants of the second transmembrane domain 7’ position in the glycine α1 receptor”

Emma Heart, Ph.D.
Evans Biomedical Research Center
“NAD(P)H oscillations in pancreatic islet cells and their modulations by metabolic and electric stimuli”

Leib Litman
Brooklyn College
“In search of a model organism for complex forms of implicit learning: exploring crypsis and the serial reaction time task in cuttlefish”

Mark H. Shalinsky, Ph.D.
Dartmouth College
“An electrophysiological study of the lung rhythm in the bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana, as an evolutionary precursor to gasping in mammals”

James Jiayuan Tong, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
“Mitochondria dynamics in synaptic plasticity and learning”

Yumiko Umino, Ph.D.
SUNY Upstate Medical University
“Processing of visual information of Limulus brain”

Tamily A. Weissman
Columbia University
“The Alzheimer’s disease pathway meets neural development: does presenilin process the reelin receptor and regulate neuronal migration?”

Science Journalism Fellows
Eleven science reporters, producers, and editors have been awarded Science Journalism Fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory this summer. This is the program’s nineteenth year.

The recipients of MBL Science Journalism Fellowships in biomedical science are:

Graham Collins, Editor, Scientific American
Catherine Clabby, Science Reporter, News & Observer
Elizabeth Cooney, Health Reporter, Telegram & Gazette
Karen Heyman, Freelance
Diana Kenney, Writer, Cape Cod Times
Jacqueline Mow, Freelance Producer

The recipients of MBL Science Journalism Fellowships in environmental science are:

John Carey, Senior Correspondent, BusinessWeek
Rebecca Clarren, Freelance
Adele Conover, Freelance
Elizabeth Grossman, Freelance
Eugene Russo, Freelance

Albert and Ellen Grass Faculty Awards
Nine investigators have been awarded Grass Faculty Awards at the MBL this summer. The goal of this Program is to take advantage of the collaborative environment of the MBL and bring together neuroscientists at the Assistant or Associate Professor level from different institutions to work together to conduct specific research in neuroscience.

Helmut J. Koester, Ph.D., an instructor in the Division of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX and Jackie Schiller, Ph. D. an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the Technion Medical School, Haifa, Israel, will collaborate on a project titled “Active dendritic integration in cortical sensory processing in vivo.”

Jasmina N. Jovanovic, Ph.D. a lecturer and group leader in the Department of Pharmacology, The School of Pharmacy at the University of London, London, UK, and Sabine Hilfiker, Ph.D. a Ramon y Cajal Fellow and group leader at the Instituto de Parasitologia y Biomedicina ‘Lopez-Neyra’, Granada, Spain, will collaborate on a project titled “Dissecting the roles of protein phosphorylation in vesicle trafficking and secretion.”

Stefan Heller, Ph.D. an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Huawei Li, Ph.D. a Professor in the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; and Jeffrey Corwin, Ph.D. a Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Otolaryngology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, will collaborate on a project titled “Quiescent stem cells in the mouse utricle.”

William N. Green, Ph.D. an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Chicago, Illinois and John Marshall, Ph.D. an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology at Brown University, Providence, RI, will return to the MBL this summer to continue their collaborative project titled “Targeting and trafficking of glutamate receptors by PDZ domain proteins.”

Dart Scholars Program in Learning and Memory
Three scientists have been named Dart Scholars in Learning and Memory this summer. Sponsored by a generous grant from Dart Neuroscience, these awards bring top scientists in the field of learning and memory together to conduct research at the MBL for the summer.

Daniel Johnston, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Division of Neuroscience at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. His research project is titled “Calcium imaging in hippocampal neurons

Jeff W. Lichtman, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (as of July 2004). His research project is titled “Axonal arbor morphology and plasticity in the developing brain.”

Mark F. Yeckel, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. The title of his research project is “Endoplasmic reticulum as a sensor for neuronal activity.”