Research & Achievements (2014)

October 30, 2014
Past and present JCC Fellows and BSA members make the news

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World-renowned geneticist, Columbia University faculty member, and former JCC Fellow Marian Carlson was named the director of the Simons Foundation in 2013. She served as president of the Genetics Society of America, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Simons Foundation funded two JCC Fellows, Joe Castellano and Tina Han, in 2013.

Suzanne Epstein, Associate Director for Research in the NIH Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies and JCC Fellow from 1979- 1981, was recently recognized with an honorary doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, for more than 20 years of research on universal influenza vaccines. Invited presentations of her research findings have included the World Health Organization meeting on new generation influenza vaccines in Geneva and the Emory University Distinguished Scientist Seminar.

University of Massachusetts Medical School associate professor and former JCC Fellow Thomas G. Fazzio (2004-2007) received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2014. His research focuses on understanding how DNA is packaged in chromatin structures within stem cell nuclei.

Former JCC Fellow Robert J. Johnston Jr. (2006-2009) published “Interchromosomal Communication Coordinates Intrinsically Stochastic Expression Between Alleles” in the February 7, 2014 issue of Science with Claude Desplan of New York University.

“The enemy within: endogenous retroelements and autoimmune disease” was published in Nature Immunology in April 2014 by former JCC Fellow Hannah E. Volkman (2010-2013) and Daniel B. Stetson.

Current JCC Fellow Jonathan Friedman and Jodi Nunnari published “Mitochondrial form and function” in a January 2014 issue of Nature.

Former JCC Fellow Gwangrog Lee (2007-2010) was the lead author on “Elastic coupling between RNA degradation and unwinding by an exoribonuclease” published in Science in June 2012.

Former JCC Fellow Claudia Y. Janda (2010-2013) was the lead author on “Structural Basis of Wnt Recognition by Frizzled” published in Science in July 2012.

Former JCC Fellow Gustavo J. Martinez and JCC BSA Member Anjana Rao published a Perspective in the November 2012 issue of Science “Cooperative Transcription Factor Complexes in Control.”