2017 Whitman Center Research Awardees

Whitman Center Early Career Awardees

Name Institution Research Supporting Funds
Bock, Davi Janelia Research Campus, HHMI Extracellular vesicles in the central nervous system of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and the squid Doryteuthis pealeii Frederik B. and Betsy G. Bang Fellowship Fund, Stephen W. Kuffler Fellowship Fund
Boothby, Thomas University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Establishing a marine heterotardigrade species as a model for probing evolutionary and physiological aspects of water bear stress tolerance Stephen W. Kuffler Fellowship Fund, Lucy B. Lemann Fellowship Fund, Elisabet Samuelsson Director’s Discretionary Fund, The Evelyn and Melvin Spiegel Fellowship Fund
Criswell, Katharine University of Cambridge, United Kingdom The evolution of axial segmentation in jawed vertebrates The Eugene and Millicent Bell Fellowship Fund in Tissue Engineering at the MBL, Lucy B. Lemann Fellowship Fund, Elisabet Samuelsson Director’s Discretionary Fund
Koenig, Kristen Harvard University Neurogenesis in the visual system of the cephalopod Doryteuthis (Loligo) pealeii The Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund, The Eugene and Millicent Bell Fellowship Fund in Tissue Engineering at the MBL, Elisabet Samuelsson Director’s Discretionary Fund
Lesoway, Maryna University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign Sex change and reproductive development in sequentially hermaphroditic marine snails Frederik B. and Betsy G. Bang Fellowship Fund, The Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund, The Great Generation Fund for Research and Education at the MBL, The Evelyn and Melvin Spiegel Fellowship Fund
Minor, Paul Joseph Stanford University Enhancer evolution and the origins of vertebrate brain development The Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund
Shekhar, Shashank National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France Uncovering the physical origins of multicellularity using Stentor coeruleus as a model organism Frederik B. and Betsy G. Bang Fellowship Fund, The Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund
Weissbourd, Brandon Caltech Leveraging a marine model organism to determine how complex behaviors arise from neural activity Robert Day Allen Fellowship Fund, The Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund, Stephen W. Kuffler Fellowship Fund
Whitman Center Awardees
Alavian, Kambiz Imperial College London, United Kingdom Regulation of synaptic transmission by Bcl-xL and Kv3.3 The Fischbach Fellowship, The Erik B. Fries Endowed Fellowship Fund, The Grass Foundation, The Great Generation Fund for Research and Education at the MBL, Lucy B. Lemann Fellowship Fund
Butler, David C. Regenerative Research Foundation Development of bifunctional intrabodies to prevent synuclein toxicity following spinal cord injury The H. Keffer Hartline and Edward F. MacNichol, Jr. Fellowship Fund
Dawson, Scott University of California, Davis Defining the mechanism of interphase branching microtubule nucleation in the emerging model reticulated amoebae Corallomyxa tenera The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, M. G. F. Fuortes Fellowship Fund, The Great Generation Fund for Research and Education at the MBL
Evans, Ben McMaster University, Canada How do important things evolve? Using genome editing to study rapid evolution of sex determination The Erik B. Fries Endowed Fellowship Fund, The H. Keffer Hartline and Edward F. MacNichol, Jr. Fellowship Fund
Giraldez, Antonio Yale University Identification of the regulatory code during the maternal to zygotic transition The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, Frank R. Lillie Fellowship Fund Fellowship Fund
Gönczy, Pierre Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland Mechanisms of centriole elimination in starfish oocytes Nikon Fellowship
Gorbsky, Gary University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Rapid gene editing in multiple model species through transfer of nuclei from cultured cells John M. Arnold Award, The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, The Erik B. Fries Endowed Fellowship Fund
Hammarlund, Marc Yale University Function and regulation of developmental programmed cell death The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, The Great Generation Fund for Research and Education at the MBL
Hu, Ke Indiana University From free living to parasitism: understanding the evolutionary path of the apicomplexan parasites using their marine relatives The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, Lucy B. Lemann Fellowship Fund
Laissue, Pierre Philippe University of Essex, United Kingdom Label-free, low-phototoxicity imaging of marine organisms and communities The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Maddox, Paul University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill LITE Imaging: A high numerical aperture low photobleaching fluorescence imaging technology The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Malamy, Jocelyn University of Chicago Assessing the role of Rho GTPases and de novo protein synthesis in epithelial wound healing in vivo using a marine hydrozoan, Clytia hemisphaerica The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Oakey, John University of Wyoming Microfluidic encapsulation of cell-free extracts to probe intracellular processes driven by microtubule dynamics The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, Lucy B. Lemann Fellowship Fund
O’Connell, Mary Anne CEITEC Masaryk University, Czech Republic Elucidating the evolutionarily conserved roles of ADARs, the RNA editing enzymes M. G. F. Fuortes Fellowship Fund, The Great Generation Fund for Research and Education at the MBL, The H. Keffer Hartline and Edward F. MacNichol, Jr. Fellowship Fund, Ann E. Kammer Memorial Fellowship Fund, Faith Miller Memorial Fund
Sansam, Christopher Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Developmental regulation of DNA replication The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Wagner, Denisa Harvard Medical School Cellular events during the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Yuste, Rafael Columbia University Breaking the neural code of a cnidarian The H. Keffer Hartline and Edward F. MacNichol, Jr. Fellowship Fund, The E. E. Just Endowed Research Fellowship Fund, Lucy B. Lemann Fellowship Fund, Frank R. Lillie Fellowship Fund Fellowship Fund