2005 Fellows & Scholars

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

Angel Alonso, Ph.D.
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
“On the role of dendritic Ca dynamics and electrogenesis in the generation of “persistent” activity in entorhinal cortex neurons”.
Supported by the Herbert W. Rand and the James A. and Faith Miller Fellowships.

Guo-Qiang Bi, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
“Intracellular calcium dynamics in spike-timing-dependent plasticity”
Supported by the Lucy B. Leman, Erik B. Fries, and John O. Crane Fellowships

John W. Fleeger, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University
“Benthic food webs in Plum Island Estuary”
Supported by the Herbert W. Rand Fellowship

Ilya Fleidervish, Ph.D.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel
“The role of late sodium channels in dynamic control of neuronal integration”
Supported by the Gruss Lipper Foundation Fellowship

Maria Gomez, Ph.D.
Boston University School of Medicine
“Mechanisms of extra-synaptic neurotransmitter release”
Supported by the MBL Associates and the Ann E. Kammer Fellowships

Mia Horowitz, Ph.D.
Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Israel.
“Studies on the function and intracellular localization of EHDs”
Supported by the Gruss Lipper Foundation Fellowship

William R. Jeffery, Ph.D.
University of Maryland
“Evolutionary Origin of Neural Crest Stem Cells”
Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship

Edward R. Leadbetter, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut
“Marine sporocytophaga?” and “Pigmented marine endospore-forming bacteria”
Supported by the John O. Crane Fellowship and the Elisabet Samuelsson Director’s Discretionary Fund

Christopher J. Lowe, Ph.D.
University of Chicago
“Origins and evolution of chordate brain patterning: insights from hemichordates”
Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship

Dannel McCollum, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
“Genetic and cytological characterization of lagging chromosomes in s. pombe”
Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship

Robert L. Morris, Ph.D.
Wheaton College
“Coordination of ciliogenic and mitotic cycles during embryogenesis”
Supported by the Evelyn and Melvin Spiegel and Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowships

Miguel Navarro, Ph.D.
Instituto de Parasitologia CSIC, Granada, Spain
“Nuclear Compartmentalization of transcriptional domains in trypanosome”
Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship

Eduardo A. Perozo, Ph.D.
University of Virginia
“Novel ion channels from marine prokaryotes via ecosystem-wide targeted PCR of hyperthermophilic communities”
Supported by the MBL Associates, Stephen W. Kuffler, Frank R. Lillie, H. Burr and Susie Steinbach and Charles R. Crane Fellowships

Anton Post, Ph.D.
Hebrew University, Eilat, Israel
“Niche adaptation and evolution of marine cyanobacteria: biodiversity and environmental genomics”. Supported by the Gruss Lipper Foundation Fellowship

David Rand, Ph.D.
Brown University
“Co-evolution of nuclear and mitochondrial proteins”. Supported by the William T. Golden Endowed Director’s Discretionary Fund

Anthony Ricci, Ph.D.
LSU Medical Center
“Calcium regulation of hair cell mechano-electric transduction”
Supported by the MBL Associates, Charles R. Crane, Lucy B. Leman, G. F. Fuortes Memorial, Plum Foundation John E. Dowling, H. Keffer Hartline and Edward F. MacNichol, Jr., Fellowships

Charles B. Shuster, Ph.D.
New Mexico State University
“Coordination of Mitosis and Cytokinesis in Animal Cells”
Supported by Robert Day Allen and Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowships

Jason Swedlow, Ph.D.
University of Dundee
Supported by a Nikon Fellowship

Kevin T. Vaughan, Ph.D.
University of Notre Dame
“Novel regulatory targets during cytoplasmic dynein-mediated transport”
Supported by the Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship

Grass Fellows
Nine 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.

Kevin L. Briggman
University of California – San Diego
“Sensory integration in the toad visual system under dim threshold conditions”

Cristiane del Corso, Ph.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Yeshiva University
“Biophysical properties of connexins isolated from Ascidiacea”

Andrew T. E. Hartwick
Dalhousie University
“Light-evoked calcium dynamics in melanopsin retinal ganglion cells”

Quan (Donny) V. Hoang
University of Illinois at Chicago
“Gap junctional channel-mediated communication between retinal pigment epithelial cells”

Petronella Kettunen, Ph.D.
Karolinsky Institutet
“Metabotropic glutamate receptors in the zebrafish spinal cord”

Elizabeth Prescott, Ph.D.
Yale University
“Development of a zebrafish model system to study ribbon synapse dynamics”

Kimberlei A. Richardson, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes
“The effect of development on the activation of neurons involved in neonatal opioid dependence”

Alvaro Sagasti, Ph.D.
New York University School of Medicine
“Cytoskeletal control of zebrafish sensory neuron branching”

Xiang Yu, Ph.D.
Stanford University Medical Center
“Effect of changes in dendritic morphology mediated by the cadherin/catenin complex on the synaptic properties of CA1 pyramidal neurons”

Science Journalism Fellows
Thirteen 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:

Ingfei Chen, Freelance science journalist
Herton Escobar, Science Reporter, O Estado de S. Paulo, Brazil
Helen Fields, Reporter, U.S. News & World Report
Taro Mitamura, Science Reporter, NHK (Japan)
Liza Mundy, Staff Writer, The Washington Post
Lisa Rossi, Assoc. Director, News Bureau, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Sarah Zielinski, Assistant News Editor, Journal of the National Cancer Institute

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

James Bruggers, Senior Reporter, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Rosanna Hansen, Freelance writer/children’s books
Hannah Hoag, Freelance science journalist
Kristan Hutchinson, Senior Editor, The Antarctic Sun
Mike Stark, Reporter, The Billings Gazette
Jeff Tollefson, Reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican

Albert and Ellen Grass Faculty Awards
Eight 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.

Mark Warchol, Ph.D. an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Stefan Heller, Ph.D. an assistant professor in the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School are doing research entitled “Identification and isolation of stem cells from the vertebrate inner ear”.

Richard Kramer, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and Sonia Gasparini, Ph.D. an assistant professor in the Neuroscience Center at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, are doing research entitled “Remote photic control of dendritic excitability with light-activated ion channels”.

William N. Green, Ph.D. an associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Chicago and John Marshall, Ph.D. an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology at Brown University in Providence are continuing their research entitled “Targeting and trafficking of glutamate receptors by PDZ domain proteins”.

Leonardo Belluscio, Ph.D. an investigator with the National Institutes of Health and Rory McQuiston, Ph.D. an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond are doing a research project entitled “Odorant activation of juxtaglomerular neurons in the mammalian olfactory bulb: Contributions to olfactory sensory processing”.

Dart Scholars Program in Learning and Memory
Six 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.

Jeff Lichtman, Ph.D.
Harvard University
“Synaptic circuits in fluorescent mice; axonal arbor morphology and circuit analysis in branbow multispectral neurons”

Daniel Johnston, Ph.D.
University of Texas
“Changes in dendritic excitability as a substrate for learning”

David L. Glanzman Ph.D.
University of California in Los Angeles
“Development of the zebrafish into a model organism for the cellular and molecular analysis of non-associative memory”

William Frost, Ph.D.
Chicago Medical School
“Optical recording studies of learning and memory in the marine mollusk tritonia diomedea”

Paul Forscher, Ph.D.
Yale University
“Role of calcium in regulation of cytoskeletal protein dynamics during axon growth and guidance”

Elaine Bearer, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology
“Molecular mechanisms of fast anterograde transport”