News Archive


2018

September 2018: Andrew Liu is appointed a Center for Quantitative Biology Scholar. This supports Andrew’s thesis research on growth control. Congratulations Andrew!

September 2018: Kevin Gallagher is appointed a Center for Quantitative Biology Scholar. This supports Kevin’s thesis research on eye development. Congratulations Kevin!

June 2018: The NIH has renewed its $4 million training grant to support the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease Training Program. Rich is PI and Director. Congratulations Rich!

June 2018: New grad student Andrew Liu joins the lab! Andrew received his BSc degree from UC Berkeley. Welcome Andrew!

May 2018: The NSF and Simons Foundation award a $10 million Center for Quantitative Biology to Northwestern. Rich is PI and Director of the Center. Congratulations Rich!

2017

September 2017: Rachael Bakker is appointed to the NCI Oncogenesis and Developmental Biology Training Program. Congratulations Rachael!

September 2017: Sebastian Bernasek passes his PhD qualifying exam! Sebastian is co-advised by Rich, Luis Amaral, and Neda Bagheri. Way to go Sebastian!

August 2017: Yu Hsin Wan successfully defends her thesis! Yu Hsin has defended her Masters thesis in which she studied how siRNAs and endogenously made in early embryos. She is off to work at the Scripps Research Institute. We will miss you Yu Hsin!

August 2017: Jay Lee graduates with a Masters and leaves the lab! Jay is off to start at Miacom Inc.. We will miss you Jay!

July 2017: Bryan Eder passes his PhD qualifying exam! Kevin successfully transitioned from second to third year candidacy status with an outstanding defense. Way to go Bryan!

July 2017: Vicky Church publishes a paper in Cell Reports. A new paper came out from the lab in the journal Cell Reports. It studies how microRNA biogenesis occurs in the nucleus as a co-transcriptional event..

June 2017: Vicky Church successfully defends her thesis! Vicky has defended her PhD thesis in which she studied how microRNA biogenesis occurs in the nucleus as a co-transcriptional event. She is off to spend a six-month internship at Google followed by a postdoc at Washington University. We will miss you Vicky!

June 2017: Kevin Gallagher passes his PhD qualifying exam! Kevin successfully transitioned from second to third year candidacy status with an outstanding defense. Way to go Kevin!

May 2017: Former postdoc Sigal Pressman visits the lab. She works in the healthcare industry in Israel.

March 2017: Bryan Eder is appointed to the NIH Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease Training Program. Congratulations Bryan!

January 2017: Postdoc Kevin Nyberg is awarded a prestigious NRSA Fellowship from the NIH. Congratulations Kevin!

2016

July 22, 2016: Yu-Hsin Wan joins the lab! Yu-Hsin is a Masters student from University of Illinois who will be performing her thesis research in our lab. Welcome Yu-Hsin!

June 29, 2016: IBiS student Kevin Gallagher joins the lab! Kevin joins us as a first year graduate student from Northeastern Illinois College. Welcome Kevin!

June 25, 2016: IBiS student Bryan Eder joins the lab!  Bryan joins us as a first year IBiS graduate student from Coe College. Welcome Bryan!

June 23, 2016: Alec Straughn graduates from Northwestern and starts his healthcare internship in New York. We will miss you, Alec!

June 20, 2016: New postdoc Kevin Nyberg joins the lab! Kevin received his PhD at University of Maryland in computational biology and genomics. Welcome Kevin!

June 15, 2016: Alec Straughn receives his honors thesis in Biological Sciences for his work in our lab on quantitative genetics. Congratulations Alec!

April 3, 2016: Chicago magazine publishes an article on our lab and reports the cancer implications for Nic Pelaez’s eLife paper. See here.

April 1, 2016: The lab receives a prestigious new grant from the NIH called Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for five years.

February 1, 2016: Justin Cassidy and Alec Straughn publish a paper in Genetics. A new paper came out from the lab in the journal Genetics. It studies the role of miR-9a miRNA on suppressing the impact of quantitative genetic variation on various traits, including fitness traits.

January 25, 2016: Stephanie Ger receives a predoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Congratulations Steph!

January 20, 2016: Nic Pelaez successfully defends his thesis! Nico has defended his PhD thesis in which he brought systems-level analysis to study protein dynamics in eye development. He has lined up a postdoc with Michael Elowitz at Caltech. We will miss you Nic!

January 11, 2016: Postdoc Justin Cassidy leaves the lab to start a career in the healthcare consulting business with the firm Sg2 in Chicago. We are going to miss you a lot Justin!

January 7, 2016: Arlise Andress publishes in Journal of Cell Biology with the lab! A new paper came out from the lab that reports on protein dynamics in a class of cytoplasmic membrane-less organelles called nuage granules. They form by phase transitions with unstructured RNAs and proteins, and Arlise shows how they act as hubs for transient protein-protein complexes.

January 4, 2016: Stephanie Ger joins the lab! Stephanie joins us as an Engineering Science and Applied Math PhD student jointly advised with Madhav Mani. Welcome Steph!

2015

December 20, 2015: Postdoc Mamiko Isaji leaves the lab. We will miss you, Mamiko!

December 8, 2015: Nic Pelaez publishes in eLife with the lab! A new paper came out from the lab in eLife on the systems biology of cell fate determination induced by Receptor Tyrosine Kinase signaling. This was a fruitful collaborative effort with the  Amaral group.

October 15, 2015: Postdoc Shige Yamada leaves the lab to start a new research associate position at New York University. We will miss you, Shige!

September 4, 2015: Gokay Yamakurt receives a Chemistry of Life Processes Graduate T32 fellowship. Congratulations Gokay!

July 1, 2015: Gokay Yamakurt joins the lab! Gokay joins us as a second year IBiS student jointly advised with Chad Mirkin. Welcome Gokay!

June 23, 2015: Rachael Bakker passes her PhD qualifying exam! Rachael successfully transitioned from second to third year candidacy status with an outstanding defense. Way to go Rachael!

February 18, 2015: Postdoc Anna Bobrowska leaves the lab to start her new position as an Analyst for Costello Medical Consulting in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Congratulations Anna!

2014

December 2, 2014: Arlise Andress successfully defends her thesis! Arlise has defended her PhD thesis studying the functions of Spindle-E on transposon silencing in the germline. We will miss you Arlise!

October 8, 2014: Diana Posadas runs another Chicago marathon!

June 15, 2014: Rachael Bakker joins the lab! Rachael Bakker joins us as a first year IBiS graduate student from U Washington. Welcome Rachael!

June 23, 2014: Pamela Agbu passes her PhD qualifying exam! Pamela successfully transitioned from second to third year candidacy status with an outstanding defense. Way to go Pamela!

June 1, 2014: Pamela Agbu is awarded a training fellowship from the CMBD T32 Training Program. Congratulations Pamela!

March 1, 2014: Shige Yamada joins the lab! Shige Yamada has joined us as a new postdoc. He received his PhD at Kyoto University in Japan. Welcome Shige!

January 1, 2014: Mamiko Isaji joins the lab! Mamiko Isaji has joined us as a new postdoc. She received her PhD at Kobe University in Japan. Welcome Mamiko!

2013

December 19, 2013: Postdoc Justin Cassidy publishes in Cell with the lab! A new paper came out from the lab in Cell on the effect of miRNA miR-9a to prevent the Drosophila genome from impacting phenotypic variation. Check it out.

December 16, 2013: Ritika Giri has been awarded a Malkin Scholarship! Ritika distinguishes herself and the entire lab by receiving a prestigious Malkin Family Scholars Award.

October 13, 2013: Postdoc Diana Posadas ran the Chicago Marathon! Diana completed the 26+ miles and felt none the worse for wear. Congratulations!

October 10, 2013: Former graduate student Pei Hsuan Wu publishes in Molecular Cell with the lab! A new paper came out by Xuan and Rich in Molecular Cell on the regulation of miRISC complexes by lipid signaling. Check it out. A News and Views commentary on the article was also published. See here.

August 29, 2013: Former postdoc Joao Marques publishes in PLoS Pathogens with the lab! A new paper by Joao and Rich came out in PLoS Pathogens on the role of RNAi in antiviral defense. Check it out.

August 1, 2013: Diana Posadas has been awarded a Pew Fellowship! Diana Posadas distinguishes herself and the entire lab by receiving a prestigious Pew Latin American Postdoctoral Fellowship. View more information and the full list of recipients at the Pew website.

July 15, 2013: Lab jocks go the distance!  Several lab members have successfully completed the Chicago half marathon and we don’t know how you survived the heat. Way to go!

June 20, 2013: Justin Cassidy successfully defends his thesis! Justin Cassidy has defended his PhD thesis studying the functions of miR-7 and miR-9 in development. They suppress the impact of environmental and genomic variation on cell behaviors such as differentiation. We will miss you Justin!

June 18, 2013: Jingran Ji graduates Northwestern! Jin completed an honors thesis on his work with miR-7 and finished his BSc. Degree. As part of his HPME program, Jin is off to medical school in the fall.

June 15, 2013: Pamela Agbu joins the lab!  Pamela Agbu joins us as a first year IBiS graduate student. Welcome Pamela!

June 11, 2013: Ritika Giri passes her PhD qualifying exam! Ritika Giri successfully transitioned from second to third year candidacy status with an outstanding defense. Way to go Ritika!

February 1, 2013: Anna Bobrowska joins the lab! Anna Bobrowska has joined us as a new postdoc. She received her PhD at Kings College in London with Gillian Bates. Welcome Anna!

2012

December 4, 2012: Xuan Wu successfully defends her thesis! Pei Hsuan Wu has defended her PhD thesis studying the regulation of miRNA effector complexes by lipid signaling. She is off to a postdoc in Phil Zamore’s lab at University of Massachusetts. We will miss you Xuan!

October 30, 2012: Karla Oliveira returns to Brazil! Karla Oliveira has spent a productive six months in the lab as an exchange student from Brazil with a government scholarship. She studied virus infection and RNAi. We will miss you Karla. Adeus!

September 30, 2012: Yanxia Bei completes her postdoc!  Yanxia Bei has been a valued member of the lab for six years and will be very much missed. New opportunities in New England beckon and we wish her the best.

July 1, 2012: Catherine Reinke completes her postdoc. Catherine Reinke has been with us for five years and we already miss her. Our loss is Linfield College’s gain and we know she is going to be a fabulous educator and researcher there. Best of luck Catherine!

June 15, 2012: Ritika Giri joins the lab! Ritika Giri is a first year IBiS graduate student who has joined our lab for her PhD thesis. Welcome Ritika!

2011

September 1, 2011: Nic Pelaez has been awarded a HHMI Fellowship!  Nicolas Pelaez distinguishes himself and the entire lab by receiving the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship. Offered for the first time this year, the award funds international students who are several years into their PhD program in science, allowing them to focus on their research without having to worry about funding. View more information and the full list of recipients at the HHMI website.