2018 Whitman Center Research Awardees

Whitman Center Early Career Fellows
Name Institution Research Supporting Funds
Fritz-Laylin, Lillian University of Massachusetts Amherst Aquatic chytrid fungi and the evolution of cell motility Frederik B. and Betsy G. Bang Fellowship Fund
Gonzalez-Bellido, Paloma University of Cambridge Unravelling the principles for visuo-motor transformations within the cephalopod brain Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund, Stephen W. Kuffler Fellowship Fund
Holt, Liam New York University School of Medicine Evolutionary Biophysics of the Cytosol The Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund, The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, Plum Foundation John E. Dowling Fellowship Fund, Lucy B. Lemann Fellowship Fund
Kee, Lynn Stetson University Shaping the iridescent green structural color of marine bacteria Tenacibaculum discolor The Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund,The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Lesoway, Maryna University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Understanding sex change in marine snails: leveraging ecotoxicology to identify developmental mechanisms Frederik B. and Betsy G. Bang Fellowship Fund, The Eugene and Millicent Bell Fellowship Fund in Tissue Engineering at the MBL
Pauli, Andrea Institute of Molecular Pathology Analysis of sperm-egg interaction and fusion by imaging and evolutionary profiling Robert Day Allen Fellowship Fund, Frederik B. and Betsy G. Bang Fellowship Fund, The Eugene and Millicent Bell Fellowship Fund in Tissue Engineering at the MBL, The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Sheung, Janet Vassar College State Space Reconstruction of Stentor coeruleus Anatomy and Regeneration The Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund, The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Sleight, Victoria University of Cambridge Molluscan biomineralisation: development, repair and evolution Robert Day Allen Fellowship Fund, The Eugene and Millicent Bell Fellowship Fund in Tissue Engineering at the MBL
Watanabe, Shigeki Johns Hopkins University Role of synaptic ribbons in graded neurotransmission The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Whitman Center Fellows
Alavian, Kambiz Imperial College London Regulation of synaptic transmission by Bcl-xL and Kv3.3 The Erik B. Fries Endowed Fellowship Fund, 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
Baskin, Tobias University of Massachusetts Amherst Cellulose organization and growth anisotropy: live cell imaging with polarized-light microscopy in 3-D The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Brown, C. Titus University of California Davis Improving transcriptome resources for novel marine models. The Fischbach Fellowship,The Erik B. Fries Endowed Fellowship Fund, Faith Miller Memorial Fund
Christiaen, Lionel New York University, College of Arts and Science “Transmission of somatic knock-in by germline regeneration in the tunicate Ciona” The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, The Evelyn and Melvin Spiegel Fellowship Fund
Crawford, Karen St. Mary’s College of Maryland Generating transgenic knock out squid embryos at the Marine Biological Laboratory The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, The Fischbach Fellowship, The Ann E. Kammer Memorial Fellowship Fund, Lucy B. Lemann Fellowship Fund
Dawson, Scott University of California Davis Mechanisms and evolutionary implications of branched microtubule networks in Rhizarian amoeba. Nikon Fellowship
Emery, Patrick Univeristy of Massachusetts Medical School Establishing Parhyale hawaiensis as model for the study of circatidal clocks Frank R. Lillie Fellowship Fund
Evans, Ben McMaster University How do important things evolve? Using genome editing to study rapid evolution of sex determination The H. Keffer Hartline and Edward F. MacNichol, Jr. Fellowship Fund
Furlow, John David University of California, Davis Investigating nuclear receptor function in vivo with advanced genome editing The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, The Evelyn and Melvin Spiegel Fellowship Fund
Gomes, Edgar iMM- Lisbon, Faculdade Medicina, Universidade Lisboa A role for cell anisotropy on nucleus-cytoskeleton connections The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Gomez-Skarmeta, Jose Luis Centro Andaluz de Biologia del Desarrollo Generation of epigenomic data to unravel the regulatory principles governing the evolution of the unique morphology of skate fins The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, Frank R. Lillie Fellowship Fund
Gönczy, Pierre Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) Probing conservation and diversity of centriole elimination mechanisms in starfish oocytes The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Gross, Jeffrey University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine “Elucidating the Molecular and Cellular Underpinnings of Retinal Pigment Epithelium Regeneration Using Zebrafish” The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, The Evelyn and Melvin Spiegel Fellowship Fund
Luxton, G.W. Gant University of Minnesota Non-conventional nuclear-cytoplasmic transport and DYT1 dystonia. The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Maddox, Paul University of North Carolina Chapel Hill LITE imaging for high-resolution analysis of subcellular processes The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Nakamura, Tetsuya Rutgers University Revealing the genetic mechanisms underlying diversities of dermal and endochondral bones in vertebrate evolution The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, The Fischbach Fellowship, Frank R. Lillie Fellowship Fund, Elisabet Samuelsson Director’s Discretionary Fund, The Evelyn and Melvin Spiegel Fellowship Fund
Sansam, Christopher Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation The Embryonic DNA Replication Program The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Wagner, Denisa Boston Children’s Hospital Role and localization of peptidylarginine deiminase 4 (PAD4) during neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation John M. Arnold Fellowship Fund, The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
Yuste, Rafael Columbia University The HydraLab: Experimental and Computational Methods for Neural Circuit Analysis The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund, Erik B. Fries Endowed Fund, M.G.F. Fuortes Memorial Fellowship Trust, E. E. Just Endowed Research Fellowship Fund