2015 MBL Research Awardees

Twenty-one investigators received awards to conduct research at the MBL in 2015.

 

 Simon Alford, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

“Control of the synaptic vesicle pool by endocytic processes”

Supported by The H. Keffer Hartline and Edward F. MacNichol, Jr. Fellowship Fund.

 

 

Srdjan Antic, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT

“Sodium-Calcium imaging of glutamate-mediated dendritic spikes”

Supported by The Albert and Ellen Grass MBL Faculty Research Award and The H. Keffer Hartline and Edward F. MacNichol, Jr. Fellowship Fund.

 

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

“Microfluidics devices functioning as micro-barriers provide a novel single-cell re-polarization assay”

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

 

Sean Colin, Professor, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

“Fluid mechanical basis of natural propulsor bending patterns”

Supported by the Frederik B. and Betsy G. Bang Fellowship Fund, The Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund, and The Fischbach Fellowship.

 

John Costello, Professor, Providence College, Providence, RI

“Fluid mechanical basis of universal natural propulsor bending patterns”

Supported by The Fischbach Fellowship, The Great Generation Fund for Research and Education at the MBL, the Lucy B. Lemann Fellowship Fund, and the Frank R. Lillie Fellowship.

 

David Furlow, Professor, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

“Continued in vivo analysis of thyroid hormone receptor signaling during development using emerging genetic technologies in Xenopus laevis

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

 

Jay Gatlin, Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

“Investigating mitotic spindle assembly using microfluidic devices and cell-mimetic droplets”

Supported by the Nikon Fellowship.

 

Jose Gomez-Skarmeta, Professor, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain

“Identification and functional analysis of cis-regulatory elements required for the highly specialized morphology of skate fins”

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

 

Pierre Gönczy, Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland

“Mechanisms of centriole elimination in starfish oocytes”

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

 

Gary Gorbsky, Chair, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, OK

“Development of and gene editing in Xenopus tissue culture cell lines”

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

 

Gohta Goshima, Professor, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

“Reconstitution of kinetochore microtubule dynamics”

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

 

Jessica Gray, Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA

“Investigating the role of miR-124 in nervous system evolution”

Supported by the Robert Day Allen Fellowship Fund, the James A. and Faith Miller Memorial Fund, and The Evelyn and Melvin Spiegel Fellowship Fund.

 

Marc Hammarlund, Assistant Professor, Yale University, New Haven, CT

“Mechanisms of neuronal circuit homeostasis”

Supported by The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund and The Albert and Ellen Grass MBL Faculty Research.

 

Rolf Karlstrom, Professor and Chair, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

“Zebrafish spinal cord regeneration”

Supported by The Eugene and Millicent Bell Fellowship Fund in Tissue Engineering at the MBL.

 

Darcy Kelley, Professor, Columbia University, New York, New York

“Molecular neurobiology of sexually differentiated vocal patterns”

Supported by The Albert and Ellen Grass MBL Faculty Research and the Ann E. Kammer Memorial Fellowship Fund.

 

Amanda Mifflin, Assistant Professor, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

“Field and nonlinear spectroscopic studies of iron availability and reduction at mineral/water interfaces”

Supported by The Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund.

 

Brian Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

“Functional analysis of the deuterosome using CRISPR/Cas based genome editing”

Supported by The Eugene and Millicent Bell Fellowship Fund in Tissue Engineering at the MBL and The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund.

 

John Oakey, Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

“In situ hydrogel microfabrication to produce functional biomimetic surfaces”

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

 

Karin Rengefors, Professor, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

“Single-cell population genomic analyses of an invasive microalgae”

Supported by The Erik B. Fries Endowed Fellowship Fund and The Great Generation Fund for Research and Education at the MBL.

 

Eric Tytell, Assistant Professor, Tufts University, Boston, MA

“Biomedical tuning of the functional circuit of the lamprey central pattern generator for locomotion”

Supported by the M. G. F. Fuortes Fellowship Fund, The H. Keffer Hartline and Edward F. MacNichol, Jr. Fellowship Fund, the Stephen W. Kuffler Fellowship Fund, and the Elisabet Samuelsson Director’s Discretionary Fund.

 

Erik Zornik, Assistant Professor, Reed College, Portland, OR

“Functional imaging of novel pattern generator neurons”

Supported by The Albert and Ellen Grass MBL Faculty Research.