October 2, 2014

MBL Research Award Recipients 2013

RESEARCH AWARDS

Twenty seven investigators received awards to conduct research at the MBL in 2013.

 

Sara Abrahamsson, Post Doctoral Fellow,The Rockefeller University, New York, NY

“Fast, high-resolution 3D imaging using polarization multi-focus microscopy”

Supported by The Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund and The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund.

 

Magdalena Bezanilla, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

“Imaging spatiotemporal regulation of a novel myosin in plant cell division”

Supported by The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund and the James A. and Faith Miller Memorial Fund

 

Ona Bloom, Assistant Professor, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

“Inhibitory Pathways after Spinal Cord Injury in Lamprey”

Supported by the Albert and Ellen Grass MBL Faculty Research Award (joint with Joseph Buxbaum)

 

Titus Brown, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

“mRNAseq analysis for gene content and gene networks in diverse non-model organisms”

Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund and the Burr and Susie Steinbach Fellowship Fund.

 

Joseph Buxbaum, Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

“Inhibitory Pathways after SCI in Lamprey”

Supported by the Albert and Ellen Grass MBL Faculty Research Award (joint with Ona Bloom)

 

Daniel Colon-Ramos, Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven , CT,ZhirongBao, Assistant Member, Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, New York, NY, Hari Shroff, Chief of Laboratory, HIBIB/NIH, Bethesda, MD

“An integrated system to monitor complex tissues at single-cell resolution”

Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund and the E. E. Just Endowed Research Fellowship Fund.

 

Rhonda Dzakpasu, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

“How GABA influences high-frequency oscillations within the hippocampus in the in vitro 4-aminopyridine model of epilepsy

Supported by the Albert and Ellen Grass MBL Faculty Research Award, the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund and the Ann E. Kammer Memorial Fellowship Fund (joint with William Lytton)

 

Christine Field, Associate Scientist & Lecturer, Harvard Medical School

“Local control of cytokinesis analyzed in a cell-free system”

Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund,  theElisabet Samuelsson Director’s Discretionary Fund and the Evelyn and Melvin Spiegel Fellowship Fund (in collaboration with Amy Gladfelter)

 

David Gadsby, Professor, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY

“Mechanisms of function and dysfunction of the Na, K-ATPase pump”

Supported by the John M. Arnold Award

 

Jesse Gatlin, Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming

“Investigating mechanisms of spindle scaling and aster positioning using microfluidic encapsulation of cell-free extracts”

Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund (in collaboration with Christine Field and Tim Mitchison)

 

Andrew Gillis, Postdoctoral Scientist, Dalhousie University

“Experimental investigation of crainiofacial development in the little skate, Leucorajaerinacea

Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund and the Plum Foundation John E. Dowling Fellowship Fund

 

Amy Gladfelter, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

“Local control of cytokinesis analyzed in a cell-free system”

Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund,  theElisabet Samuelsson Director’s Discretionary Fund and the Evelyn and Melvin Spiegel Fellowship Fund (in collaboration with Christine Field)

 

Deborah Hogan, Associate Professor, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH

“Profiling fungi within chronic lung infections:  Methods development and analysis of longitudinal sample sets”

Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund

 

Yishi Jin, Professor, University of California, San Diego

“Understanding microtubule cytoskeleton in regenerating axons and in epidermal wounding in an intact animal model”

Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund and the Lucy B. Lemann Fellowship Fund

 

Wei-Lih Lee, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

“Rapid single-molecule TIRFM screen for motility competent mammalian bynein motor constructs expressed in S. cerevisiae

Supported by the Robert Day Allen Fellowship Fund, the Erik B. Fries Endowed Fellowship Fund and the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund

 

Artur Llobet, Investigator, Bellvitge Biomedical Rsearch Institute, Barcelona, Spain

“Rewiring of odor maps in the olfactory bulb of Xenopustropicalis

Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, the M. G. F. Fuortes Fellowship Fund and the Stephen W. Kuffler Fellowship Fund

 

William Lytton, Professor, Downstate Medical Center, New York, NY

“How GABA influences high-frequency oscillations within the hippocampus in the in vitro 4-aminopyridine model of epilepsy”

Supported by the Albert and Ellen Grass MBL Faculty Research Award, the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund and the Ann E. Kammer Memorial Fellowship Fund (joint with Rhonda Dzakpasu)

 

Allen Mensinger, Professor, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN

“Multisensory integration in toadfish”

Supported by the William D. Cohen Endowed Undergraduate Research Fund, the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, and the Jane C. Kaltenbach-Townsend Endowment for Undergraduate Research

 

Timothy Mitchison, Professor, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA

“Microtubule aster growth and interaction”

Supported by the Charles Evans Foundation Research Award

 

Melinda Modrell, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

“Electroreceptor development in a teleost, the channel catfish, Ictaluruspunctatus

Supported by the H. Keffler Hartline and Edward F. MacNichol, Jr Fellowship Fund

 

Craig Radford, Assistant Professor, University of Auckland, New Zealand

“Multisensory integration for sound source localization in fish”

Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund and the H. Keffler Hartline and Edward F. MacNichol, Jr Fellowship Fund

 

Robert Rosenberg, Professor, Earlham College, Richmond, IN

“Changes in sodium channel expression during spinal cord regeneration in lamprey”

Supported by the Charles Evans Foundation Research Award and the Fishbach Fellowship

 

Joshua Rosenthal, Associate Professor, Universidad de Puerto Rico Institute of Neurobiology

“Development of an MBL resource for transcriptomes from marine models”

Supported by the Laura and Arthur ColwinEndowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund and the Great Generation Fund for Research and Education at the MBL

 

Jacqueline Webb, Professor, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

“Development of the mechanosensory lateral line system in embryos of the Little Skate, Leucorajaerinacea”

Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund

 

Guillermo Yudowski, Assistant  Professor, Universidad de Puerto Rico Institute of Neurobiology

Molecular mechanisms involved in coral bleaching

Supported by the Frederik B. and Betsy G. Bang Fellowship Fund and the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund

 

GRASS FELLOWS

Twelve young scientists were awarded fellowships by the Grass Foundation to conduct research in neurobiology at the MBL during the summer of 2013.  The program was directed by Alberto Pereda, MD, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and M. Jade Zee of Northeastern University was the Associate Director.

 

Jose (Pepe) Alcami, Ph.D.

Centre National de la RechercheScientifique and Paris Descartes University

“Role and modulation of electrical synapses in cerebellar interneuronal networks”

 

Vijayendran Chandran, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles

“Identification and validation of transcription factors and small-molecules responsible for enhanced regeneration in the central nervous system of lamprey after spinal cord injury”

 

Jessica Fox, Ph.D.

University of California, LA/Case Western Reserve University

“Electrophysiological properties of figure-detecting lobula plate tangential cells in the Drosophila visual system”

 

Chantelle Fourie, M.S.

University of Auckland

“Mapping hippocampal inhibitory networks using optogenetics”

 

Julijana Gjorgjieva, Ph.D.

Harvard University

“A computational model for spontaneous wave propagation in developing cortical networks”

 

Nathan Hedrick, B.S.

Duke University

“In vivo imaging of Rac1 activity surrounding learning”

 

Wolf Huetteroth, Ph.D.

University of Oxford

“Influence of internal state signals on memory-reinforcing dopamine cells”

 

Jeffrey Lehrberg, B.S.

University of California, Irvine

“Influence of nerve derived BMP2 on the proliferation of cell subpopulations during salamander limb regeneration”

 

James Olopade, Ph.D.

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

“The effect of vanadium exposure on the long term myelination infrastructure of embryonic Zebra fish”

 

Nicolas Palacios-Prado, M.S.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

“Intracellular magnesium-dependent modulation of electrical synapses and neuronal synchronization”

 

Lucy Palmer, Ph.D.

Charité University of Medicine in Berlin

“Dendritic activity of pyramidal neurons during learned behavior”

 

Chih-Chieh Wang, Ph.D.

Tulane University

“The role of SynGAP in NMDA receptor-mediated synaptic plasticity”