Christopher Dustin Wins Young Investigator Award

Christopher Dustin

November 20, 2018

Congratulations to Chris Dustin, a CMB student in Dr. Albert van der Vliet's lab, for being selected to receive a Young Investigator Award from the Society for Redox Biology and Medicine! These awards were made available to students and postdoctoral fellows based on a submitted abstract and the presentation of the work at the annual SfRBM meeting, either in oral or poster symposia.Well done!

Joshua Rose Successfully Defends Thesis

November 12, 2018

Joshua Rose, a CMB student in Dr. Kaleem Zaidi and Dr. Gary Stein's lab, successfully defended his thesis, entitled “Maintenance of Mammary Epithelial Phenotype by Transcription Factor Runx1 through Mitotic Gene Bookmarking”.  He is currently a Medical Laboratory Scientist II in the Medical Genomics lab within the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Department at the UVM Medical Center. Congratulations, Josh!


Celebrating Excellence in Research – 2018 Achievements and Awards

October 29, 2018

The CMB Program was well represented at this year's Celebrating Excellence in Research events through the Larner College of Medicine.

CMB students Alex Thompson and Alisa Cario were the winner and runner-up for the Junior Graduate Category and Christopher Dustin and Leslie Sepaniac were the winner and runner-up for the Senior Graduate Category in this year's Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Trainee Research Showcase!

In addition, CMB Faculty member, Christopher Huston, M.D., received the Senior Researcher of the Year award in the UVM Health Network Medical Group.

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Victoria Lynn DeVault Successfully Defends Dissertation

DeVault Defense

October 16, 2018

Victoria Lynn DeVault, a CMB student in Dr. Jonathan Boyson's lab, successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “Regulation of Natural Killer T Cell Subset Development and Function by Slam Family Receptors”. She will be heading to Genocea Biosciences as a Scientist 1 at the end of next month! Congratulations, Vicki!

$12.3 Million NIH Grant Establishes Translational Global Infectious Disease Research Center at UVM


October 11, 2018

CMB Faculty members, Dr. Sean Diehl and Dr. Matthew Kinsey are among those supported by this grant. Dr. Christopher Huston is a co-principal investigator on the TGIR-COBRE.

Specifically, the TGIR-COBRE will incorporate existing research strengths in human Infectious Diseases including the research of Dr. Christopher Huston and the platforms of the UVM Vaccine Testing Center, which include human immunology laboratories, clinical trials capabilities, and collaborations with international investigators and field sites.

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Michael Secinaro Successfully Defends Dissertation

Secinaro Defense

October 9, 2018

Michael Anthony Secinaro, a CMB student in Dr. Ralph C. Budd's lab, successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “The contribution of metabolism to the regulation of caspase activity and cell death in T lymphocytes”. He will be starting a new job at the end of the month as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at AstraZeneca in Waltham, MA. Congratulations, Mike!

GRE Scores No Longer Required for CMB Applicants

CMB News

September 24, 2018

Effective September 24, 2018, CMB has joined several other institutions in the decision to eliminate the GRE as an application/admission requirement for the program.

This decision comes from the CMB Steering Committee after much discussion and research on the effectiveness of this application component in predicting graduate student success. Some literature on the matter is below:

PDF icon Predictors of Student Productivity in Biomedical Graduate School Applications (PDF)

PDF icon White paper summary of GRE research from the University of Michigan (PDF)

Sharath Chandra Madasu Successfully Defends Dissertation

Sharath Madasu

September 27, 2018

Sharath Chandra Madasu, a CMB student in Dr. Anthony Morielli's lab, successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “The metabotropic glutamate receptor mGluR1 regulates the voltage-gated potassium channel Kv1.2 through agonist-dependent and agonist-independent mechanisms in the rat cerebellum”. Congratulations, Sharath!

Hannah Naughton Successfully Defends Thesis

Hannah Naughton

August 27, 2018

Hannah Naughton, CMB student in Dr. Alan Howe's lab, successfully defended her thesis, entitled “A Proximity-Dependent Biotin Labeling Based Screen for Protein Kinase A Anchoring Proteins within Focal Adhesion Complexes” on August 27, 2018. Congratulations, Hannah!

Graham G. Willsey Successfully Defends Dissertation

Graham Willsey

August 24, 2018

Graham G. Willsey, CMB student in Dr. Matthew J. Wargo's lab, successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “Detection of the lung environment by multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacterial pathogens” on August 24, 2018. He has accepted a postdoctoral position with Dr. Nick Mantis at the Wadsworth Center (NY State Dept of Health) in Albany. Congratulations, Graham!

Benjamin King, PhD Receives 2018 Norman R. Alpert Research Prize

Benjamin King

August 22, 2018

CMB Director, Matthew Poynter, Ph.D., presented the Norman R. Alpert Research Prize to recent CMB alumnus, Benjamin King, PhD. This annual prize recognizes the best peer-reviewed research article by a graduate student in the CMB Program and is announced at our annual Retreat. Congratulations Ben!

Sepaniac and Kelm Receive 2018 CMB Director's Awards

Director's Award

August 22, 2018

Leslie Sepaniac and Dr. Robert Kelm received the CMB Director's Awards for a student and for a faculty respectfully at this year's CMB/NGP Retreat. Dr. Matt Poynter, presented these awards at the Grand Isle Lake House on Wednesday, August 22 to recognize their outstanding work with the program. Thank you Leslie and Bob for your dedication!

Devin Pierre Champagne Successfully Defends Dissertation

Devin Champagne

August 3, 2018

Devin Champagne in Dr. Mercedes Rincon's lab successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "METHYLATION CONTROLLED J PROTEIN IS A MASTER REGULATOR OF MITOCHONDRIAL METABOLISM" on August 3, 2018. Devin has accepted a position at UC Denver working with Dr. Angelo D'Alessandro. Congratulations, Devin!

Drew Barber Successfully Defends Dissertation

Drew Barber

July 5, 2018

Drew Barber from Dr. Robert Hondal's lab successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Selenium in Thioredoxin Reductase: Resistance to oxidative inactivation, oxidation states, and reversibility of chemical reactions” on July 5, 2018. He will be moving on to do a Postdoc at SUNY Buffalo. Congratulations, Drew!

Rajiv Jumani Receives Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

Rajiv Jumani

June 5, 2018

Rajiv Jumani, 2018 Graduate of CMB, has been awarded the 2017-18 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award through the UVM Graduate College!

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Jessica Sheehe Successfully Defends Dissertation

Jessica Sheehe

May 23, 2018

Jessica Lynne Sheehe from Dr. Wolfgang Dostmann's lab successfully defended her dissertation entitled “The cGMP binding A-site controls both cGMP and oxidation-dependent activation of PKG Iα” on May 23, 2018. She will move forward to be a Postdoc at The University of Arizona. Congratulations, Jess!

Haein Kim Successfully Defends Dissertation

Haein Kim

May 15, 2018

Haein Kim, CMB student in Dr. Jason Stumpff's lab, successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “TEMPORAL COORDINATION OF MITOTIC CHROMOSOME ALIGNMENT AND SEGREGATION: STRUCTURAL AND FUNCTIONAL STUDIES OF KIF18A” on May 15, 2018. Haein has accepted a position at the University of Washington. Congratulations, Haein!


AAI 2018

May 7, 2018

CMB students, Abbas Raza, Princess Rodriguez, Phyu Thwe and Vicki DeVault recently attended the American Association of Immunologists conference in Austin, TX. Faculty member, Eyal Amiel, attended as a former public policy fellow for the 2017-2018 season.

Phyu Thwe Successfully Defends Dissertation

Phyu Thwe

May 2, 2018

Phyu Thwe, CMB student in Dr. Eyal Amiel's lab, successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Characterizing the Role and Regulation of Glycogen Metabolism in Dendritic Cell Immune Responses” on May 2, 2018.  Phyu has accepted the Postdoctoral fellowship position for the Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology Fellowship Program at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. UTMB is one of the highly selective/competitive fellowship programs accredited by the American Society of Microbiology ASM.

Her training will be tailored towards learning about the role and responsibilities of a clinical microbiology laboratory director, including a rotation in the Texas Department of State Public Health Laboratories in Austin and Houston, rotations in infectious diseases and infection control, and participation in consultative and administrative activities in the microbiology diagnostic laboratory at UTMB.

Congratulations, Phyu!

Jamie Stern Awarded Academic Pathways Fellowship

Jamie Stern

April 19, 2018

Congratulations to Jamie Stern, recent CMB graduate, who has been awarded an Academic Pathways Fellowship for two years! The fellowship is supported by Vanderbilt and the NSF and is designed to prepare recently graduated doctoral students for competitive academic careers. Way to go Jamie!

Yvonne Janssen-Heininger named University Scholar

Yvonne Janssen Heininger

March 27, 2018

The 2018-2019 University Scholars have been announced and CMB faculty member, Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, has been named one of these three distinguished faculty members. They will be honored at the University Scholar Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m. in Waterman Memorial Lounge.

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Jamie Stern Successfully Defends Dissertation

Jamie Stern

March 21, 2018

Jamie Stern, CMB student in Dr. Chris Berger's lab, successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Single Molecule Imaging Reveals Tau Structure and Function on the Microtubule Surface" on March 21, 2018. Jamie will be starting her post-doc at Vanderbilt University in April. Congratulations, Jamie!

CMB Office has Moved

We have moved

March 9, 2018

The CMB Office and Student Study Lounge has moved to the third floor of Given. You can now find our new space at Given Courtyard Level 3 South!

Rajiv Satish Jumani Successfully Defends Dissertation

Rajiv Jumani

February 27, 2018

Rajiv Satish Jumani, a CMB student in Dr. Christopher D. Huston's lab, successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Methods to Identify and Develop Drugs for Cryptosporidiosis" on February 27, 2018. Rajiv will be starting his job at Norvatis Institute Biomedical Research with an Investigator I position. Congratulations, Rajiv!

Filiz Korkmaz Successfully Defends Dissertation

Filiz Korkmaz

January 9, 2018

Filiz Korkmaz, a CMB student in Dr. David Kerr's lab, successfully defended her thesis entitled "An Analysis of Between-Cow Variation in Innate Immunity in Relation to Mastitis Severity" on January 9, 2018. Congratulations, Filiz!