Geoffrey Goodhill, Ph.D., will be joining department

We are delighted to announce that Geoffrey Goodhill, Ph.D., will be joining Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis on January 1, 2021, to be dually appointed as Professor in the departments of Developmental Biology and Neuroscience. In his interdisciplinary research Dr. Goodhill combines mathematical and experimental approaches to investigate the computational principles underlying […]

Margot Williams receives Chi-Bin Chien Award

Margot Williams, Ph.D., a former Postdoctoral Fellow in Lila Solnica-Krezel’s laboratory, received the IZFS 2020 Chi-Bin Chien Award. Margot is currently an Assistant Professor in the Center for Precision Environmental Health and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Baylor College of Medicine. Her outstanding research contributions and dedication to the zebrafish field truly […]

Mitsukuni Yoshida has received the 2020 Needleman Prize

Congratulations to Mitsukuni Yoshida! Mitsukuni Yoshida, a MSTP student in Dr. Shin Imai’s laboratory in the Neuroscience Program, has received the 2020 Needleman Prize! The Needleman Prize is presented to a graduating student who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field of Pharmacology.

Kel Vin Wo has received an ENTELLIGENCE Young Investigator Award

Congratulations to Kel Vin Woo, MD, PhD! Kel Vin Wo, Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. David Ornitz’s Lab, has received a $100,000 ENTELLIGENCE Young Investigator Program Award through Actelion Pharmaceuticals for his project entitled “Endothelial Drug Targets for Hypoxia-Induced Pulmonary Hypertension”.

Dr. Kristen Kroll’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Kristen Kroll’s Lab on their new publication! Cellular and molecular characterization of multiplex autism in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons. Lewis EMA, Meganathan K, Baldridge D, Gontarz P, Zhang B, Bonni A, Constantino JN, Kroll KL. Mol Autism. 2019 Dec 30;10:51.

Dr. Aaron Johnson’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Johnson’s Lab on their recent publication! FGF signaling directs myotube guidance by regulating Rac activity. Yang S, Weske A, Du Y, Valera JM, Johnson AN. Development. 2020 Jan 13. pii: dev.183624.

Dr. Alison Snyder-Warwick’s New Publications

Congratulations to Dr. Alison Snyder-Warwick’s Lab on their new publications! One Multidisciplinary Cleft and Craniofacial Team’s Experience in Shifting to Family-Centered Care. Pfeifauf KD, Snyder-Warwick AK, Scheve S, Grellner CL, Skolnick GB, Wilkey A, Foy J, Naidoo SD, Patel KB. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2020 Jan 17:1055665619899518. Evaluation of Multidisciplinary Team Clinic for Patients With […]

Dr. David Ornitz’s New Publications

Congratulations to Dr. David Ornitz’s Lab on their new publications! Identification of a FGF18-expressing alveolar myofibroblast that is developmentally cleared during alveologenesis. Hagan AS, Zhang B, Ornitz DM. Development. 2020 Jan 17;147(2). Mouse genetics identifies unique and overlapping functions of fibroblast growth factor receptors in keratinocytes. Meyer M, Ben-Yehuda Greenwald M, Rauschendorfer T, Sänger C, […]

Dr. Andrew Yoo’s New Publication

Congratulation to Dr. Andrew Yoo’s Lab on their recent publication! Huntington’s Disease Pathogenesis Is Modified In Vivo by Alfy/Wdfy3 and Selective Macroautophagy. Fox LM, Kim K, Johnson CW, Chen S, Croce KR, Victor MB, Eenjes E, Bosco JR, Randolph LK, Dragatsis I, Dragich JM, Yoo AS, Yamamoto A. Neuron. 2019 Dec 23.

Dr. David Ornitz’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. David Ornitz’s Lab on their recent publication! FGFR2 is Required for AEC2 Homeostasis and Survival Following Bleomycin-Induced Lung Injury. Dorry SJ, Ansbro BO, Ornitz DM, Mutlu GM, Guzy RD. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2019 Dec 20.

Andrew Yoo has received a grant award from CHDI Foundation

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Yoo! Andrew Yoo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Developmental Biology has received a two-year $556,983 grant award from CHDI Foundation starting 2/1/2020 for his project entitled “Identification and Implication of Epigenetic Dysregulation in Huntington’s Disease using Directly Reprogrammed Patient Neurons”.

Dr. Mokalled has received the H.W. Mossman Award

  Congratulations to Dr. Mayssa Mokalled! Dr. Mokalled has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the H.W. Mossman Award in Developmental Biology. This award recognizes investigators in the early stages of their careers who have made important contributions to the field of developmental biology, and have demonstrated remarkable promise of future accomplishments.

Dr. David Ornitz received an award from the CDI

Congratulations to Dr. David Ornitz! David M. Ornitz, M.D., Ph.D., Alumni Endowed Professor of Developmental Biology, Dr. David T Curiel, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology; Director Therapeutics Center, Dr. Igor P. Dmitriev, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, and Dr. Kel Vin Woo, M.D., Ph.D., Pediatric Cardiology Fellow, received a three-year, $450,000 grant […]

Brian Lananna received the 2019 John E. Majors Award

Congratulations to Brian Lananna, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dr. Shin Imai’s Lab! Brian received the 2019 John E. Majors Award in honor of Dr. John Majors. The Majors award was created in 2018 to recognize the outstanding accomplishments in research and teaching. Dr. Johns Majors was a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular […]

Dr. Helen McNeill’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Helen McNeill’s Lab on their new publication! Fat/Dachsous family cadherins in cell and tissue organisation. Fulford AD, McNeill H. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2019 Nov 15;62:96-103.  

Dr. Aaron DiAntonio’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron DiAntonio’s Lab on their new publication! DLK Activation Synergizes with Mitochondrial Dysfunction to Downregulate Axon Survival Factors and Promote SARM1-Dependent Axon Degeneration. Summers DW, Frey E, Walker LJ, Milbrandt J, DiAntonio A. Mol Neurobiol. 2019 Nov 7.  

Dr. Doug Covey’s New Publication

Congratulation to Dr. Doug Covey’s Lab on their recent publication! Novel neuroactive steroid with hypnotic and T-channel blocking properties exerts effective analgesia in a rodent model of post-surgical pain. Joksimovic SL, Joksimovic SM, Manzella FM, Asnake B, Orestes P, Raol YH, Krishnan K, Covey DF, Jevtovic-Todorovic V, Todorovic SM. Br J Pharmacol. 2019 Nov 15.

Dr. Alison Snyder-Warwick’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Alison Snyder-Warwick’s Lab on their recent publication! Too much or too little? A systematic review of postparetic synkinesis treatment. Lapidus JB, Lu JC, Santosa KB, Yaeger LH, Stoll C, Colditz GA, Snyder-Warwick A. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2019 Oct 11.

Dr. David Ornitz has received a grant award from the Hope Center

Congratulations to Dr. David Ornitz! David M. Ornitz, M.D., Ph.D.,  Alumni Endowed Professor of Developmental Biology and Dr. Robert Gereau, Ph.D., the Dr. Seymour and Rose T Brown Prof of Anesthesiology received a two-year, $100,000 grant award from the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders starting January 1, 2020, for their project entitled “Determining the pathogenic […]

Dr. Samantha Morris has received 3 new awards

Congratulations to Dr. Samantha Morris, Professor of Developmental Biology and Genetics, on her three new awards! Two year $183,334 Chan Zuckerberg Initiative award as a sub-agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital beginning July 1, 2019 for her project entitled “Single-cell resolution of cell lineages and states based on chromatin accessibility combined with CellTagging or somatic mutations”. […]

Brian Egan has been selected to receive the Boime Fellowship

Congratulations to Brian Egan! Brian Egan, graduate student in Dr. Kerry Kornfeld’s Lab, has been selected to receive the 2019-2020 Irving Boime Graduate Student Fellowship! This fellowship is made possible by scientific discoveries by Professor Boime and his trainees that extend longevity of proteins in vivo and led to development of Elonva, a recombinant human […]

Dr. David Ornitz has been elected a 2019 AAAS Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. David Ornitz, Alumni Endowed Professor of Developmental Biology! He has been elected a 2019 AAAS Fellow. “In order to be considered for the rank of Fellow, a AAAS member must be nominated by three previously elected Fellows, the steering group of a AAAS section, or the organization’s CEO. Nominations go through a […]

Dr. Thorold Theunissen’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Thorold Theunissen’s Lab on their recent publication! Recent insights into the naïve state of human pluripotency and its applications. Dong C, Fischer LA, Theunissen TW. Exp Cell Res. 2019 Dec 1;385(1):111645.

Dr. Aaron DiAntonio’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron DiAntonio’s Lab on their recent publication! SIK3 suppresses neuronal hyperexcitability by regulating the glial capacity to buffer K+ and water. Li H, Russo A, DiAntonio A. J Cell Biol. 2019 Oct 23. pii: jcb.201907138.

Dr. David Ornitz’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. David Ornitz’s Lab on their recent publication! β-Catenin is required for radial cell patterning and identity in the developing mouse cochlea. Jansson L, Ebeid M, Shen JW, Mokhtari TE, Quiruz LA, Ornitz DM, Huh SH, Cheng AG. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Oct 15;116(42):21054-21060.

Dr. Doug Covey’s New Publications

Congratulations to Dr. Doug Covey’s Lab on their recent publications! The morphogen Sonic hedgehog inhibits its receptor Patched by a pincer grasp mechanism. Rudolf AF, Kinnebrew M, Kowatsch C, Ansell TB, El Omari K, Bishop B, Pardon E, Schwab RA, Malinauskas T, Qian M, Duman R, Covey DF, Steyaert J, Wagner A, Sansom MSP, Rohatgi […]

Dr. Craig Micchelli’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Craig Micchelli’s Lab on their recent publication. Ultra-low frequency labeling of single cell lineages in Drosophila. Snee M, Lee WC, Beehler-Evans R, Micchelli CA. Dev Biol. 2019 Sep 21.  

Dr. Doug Covey’s New Publications

Congratulations to Dr. Doug Covey’s 2 new publications in September! Binding and intracellular transport of 25-hydroxycholesterol by Niemann-Pick C2 protein. Petersen D, Reinholdt P, Szomek M, Hansen SK, Poongavanam V, Dupont A, Heegaard CW, Krishnan K, Fujiwara H, Covey DF, Ory DS, Kongsted J, Wüstner D. Biochim Biophys Acta Biomembr. 2019 Sep 12:183063. Neurosteroids as […]

Dr. Mokalled has received a grant award from The NIH/NINDS

Mayssa Mokalled, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology, has received a five-year, $1,936,562 grant award from The NIH/NINDS starting 9/30/2019 for her project entitled “Mechanisms of glial bridging and neurogenesis during spinal cord regeneration in zebrafish”

Dr. Thor Theunissen has received New Innovator Award from the NIH

Dr. Thorold Theunissen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology has received a five-year $2,361,375 New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences beginning September 30, 2019 for his project entitled “Resolving epigenetic instability during pluripotent state transitions: a roadmap for exploiting the biomedical potential of dynamic human stem […]

Dr. Kristen L. Kroll has received a one-year subaward

Congratulations to Dr. Kristen Kroll! Dr. Kristen L. Kroll, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Developmental Biology has received a one-year $150,000 subaward through Harvard Medical School, Undiagnosed Disease Network beginning July 1, 2019 for her project entitled “Using human pluripotent stem cell models to evaluate pathogenicity and define disease mechanisms for ZNF292 variant found in UDN373964”.

Dr. David Ornitz’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. David Ornitz’s Lab on their recent Publication! FGF2-induced STAT3 activation regulates pathologic neovascularization. Dong Z, Santeford A, Ban N, Lee TJ, Smith C, Ornitz DM, Apte RS. Exp Eye Res. 2019 Oct;187:107775.  

Dr. Shin Imai’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Shin Imai’s Lab on their recent publication! Extracellular Vesicle-Contained eNAMPT Delays Aging and Extends Lifespan in Mice. Yoshida M, Satoh A, Lin JB, Mills KF, Sasaki Y, Rensing N, Wong M, Apte RS, Imai SI. Cell Metab. 2019 Aug 6;30(2):329-342.e5.

Dr. Doug Covey’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Doug Covey’s Lab on their recent publication! Mechanism of Action of VP1-001 in cryAB(R120G)-Associated and Age-Related Cataracts. Molnar KS, Dunyak BM, Su B, Izrayelit Y, McGlasson-Naumann B, Hamilton PD, Qian M, Covey DF, Gestwicki JE, Makley LN, Andley UP. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2019 Aug 1;60(10):3320-3331.

Dr. Aaron DiAntonio’s New Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron DiAntonio’s Lab on their recent Publication! TIR domains of plant immune receptors are NAD+-cleaving enzymes that promote cell death. Wan L, Essuman K, Anderson RG, Sasaki Y, Monteiro F, Chung EH, Osborne Nishimura E, DiAntonio A, Milbrandt J, Dangl JL, Nishimura MT. Science. 2019 Aug 23;365(6455):799-803.

Lila Solnica-Krezel received the Nusslein-Volhard Award

Congratulations to Dr. Lilianna Solnica-Krezel! Lila Solnica-Krezel, the Alan A and Edith L Wolff Distinguished Professor and Head of Developmental Biology, received the Nusslein-Volhard Award at the 2019 International Zebrafish Society meeting! The Nusslein-Volhard Award is from the European Society for Fish Models in Biology and Medicine (EuFishBioMed).

Andrea Scharf has received the Viktor Hamburger Award

Congratulations to Andrea Scharf, Staff Scientist in Dr. Kerry Kornfeld’s Lab! Andrea received the Viktor Hamburger Award for Best Postdoc Oral Presentation for her talk entitled “How to get old in a population – a systems approach to aging”.

Wookyung Kim has received the Rita Levi-Montalcini Award

Congratulations to Wookyung Kim, Postdoc in Dr. Andrew Yoo’s Lab! Wookyung received the Rita Levi-Montalcini  Award for Best Postdoc Poster Presentation for her poster entitled “Epigenetic mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration in patient-derived neurons of Huntington’s Disease ”.

Tracey Hermanstyne has received the Viktor Hamburger Award

Congratulations to Tracey Hermanstyne, Instructor in Dr. Jeanne Nerbonne’s Lab! Tracey received the Viktor Hamburger Award for Best Instructor Oral Presentation for her talk entitled “The physiological role of Kv12 Channels in regulating SCN neuronal excitability and behavior”.

Kitra Cates has received the Rita Levi-Montalcini Award

Congratulations to Kitra Cates, Graduate Student in Dr. Andrew Yoo’s Lab! Kitra received the Rita Levi-Montalcini  Award for Best Student Poster Presentation for her poster entitled “The non-coding RNA 7SK mediates neuronal cell fate specification”.