Student News and Highlights

 


Congratulations to Steve Provencher and group for InnoCentive award!

4/5/17

Steve Provencher and fellow Pitt ChemE students won a $5000 InnoCentive award. Read more here.

Congratulations to Kirsten Endresen (TECBio 2016) on her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award!

2/3/17

GRFP supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Kirsten is graduating from Trinity University and currently deciding on her post-graduate plans. Congrats! (More info on the NSF GRFP)

Congratulations to Ivy Shi (TECBio 2014) who will be presenting a poster discussion session at the ATS 2017 Conference

2/3/17

Ivy Shi (TECBio 2014) will be presenting her work with Dr. Takis Benos at the 2017 American Thoracic Society Conference. "Probabilistic Graphical Models Identify Causal Predictors of FEV1 Decline in COPD Patients".

Congratulations to Shana Bergman, who published in the Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling!

12/22/16

Shana Bergman (TECBio 2015) published a paper titled, "Modeling global changes induced by local perturbations to the HIV-1 capsid", with her research with Dr. Tim Lezon (Assistant Professor, Comp & Sys Bio, Drug Discovery Institute). The research highlights:

• Coarse-grained modeling of mutation and binding in HIV-1 capsid.

• Dynamics are robust against simulated linking of capsomers within hexamers.

• Inter-hexamer linking stabilizes most mobile regions of capsid.

Jess LeClair is to present at the Joint Math Meeting (JMM) conference in Atlanta this January!

11/10/16

Congratulations to Jessica LeClair (TECBio 2016) who will be presenting her research with Dr. John Shaffer (Assistant Professor, Human Genetics) at the Joint Math Meeting (JMM) conference in Atlanta this coming January. Her research was titled: “Association of Low-Frequency Variants in Regulatory Regions with Non-Syndromic Orofacial Clefts”.

Kirsten Endresen presented at the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium, hosted by Rice University

10/30/16

Congratulations to Kirsten Endresen (TECBio 2016) who presented her research with Dr. Rob Coalson at the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium, hosted by Rice. She was awarded "Best Biophysics Talk". Her research was titled: “Modeling Transport Through the Nuclear Pore Complex”.

Andonian Presents at REU Symposium

10/17/16

Congratulations to Alex Andonian (TECBio 2016) who was selected to present at the 2016 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium. The Symposium is run by the Council on Undergraduate Research and is to be held October 23-24, 2016. His research is titled, “Scalable Informatics Tools for Investigating Intra-Tumor Heterogeneity in Breast Cancer”. Best of luck, Alex!

Elisa Idrobo Presents at the American Chemical Society

8/23/16

Elisa presented at the American Chemical Society meeting in Philadelphia on August 23, 2016. She presented an extended version of her poster ("Convolutional Neural Networks for Protein-Ligand Scoring") along with two other undergraduates. Congrats, Elisa!

Jeopardy winner!

2/22/16

Congratulations to the 2015 TECBio Alum, Sarah Dubnik, for making it to the Jeopardy College Championship Final!

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recipients

4/20/15

Congratulations to Emily Speranza and Nicolas Pabon on receiving NSF Graduate Research Fellowships! GRFP supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Emily is in the Bioinformatics program at Boston University, and Nick is a graduate student in the Joint CMU-Pitt Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology. (More info on the NSF GRFP)

Student Publication in the Journal of Dental Research

4/18/14

Brooklyn Stanley's (TECBio 2013) manuscript "Genetic association of MPPED2 and ACTN2 with dental caries," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Dental Research, with an acceptance date of 15-Apr-2014. Congratulations, Brooklyn!!

Student paper in the Pacific Symposium - Biocomputing 2013

1/1/13

Katie Cunningham's (TECBio 2011) paper, "Spectral clustering strategies for heterogenous disease expression data," was featured in the Pacific Symposium Biocomputing 2013. Congratulations, Katie!!