Current Students


Congratulations to CMB student, Amelia Haj, on being chosen for the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). This is a two-week program in Germany and Poland examining the conduct of physicians in Nazi-occupied Europe to reflect on medical ethics today. Read more about the Fellowship here.

Congratulations to three CMB students on their NSF Fellowship Awards! Katherine Mueller (Saha Lab) and Mitchell Ledwith (Mehle Lab) were both awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Ani Varjabedian (Bement Lab) was awarded Honorable Mention. You can see the full list of UW-Madison awardees here.

Congratulations to the 2017 winners of the CMB Retreat golden pipette, Brian Keppler (CMB alumnus), Christi Binkley, Zach Morrow, Tamara Chamberlin, Tricia Windgassen, and Tony Dawson (pictured here). Adriana Golding won best talk, Sid Jain won best poster, and the fifth year students won best talent with their dance. This year's retreat had a strong focus on professional development, bringing in CMB alumni to share their post-graduation experiences.

CMB student and member of the Professional Development Committee Shane Bernard created a new tool to help current and prospective students understand their career opportunities after graduation. To create the tool, information was collected about alumni career development at 1, 4, and 7 years post graduation. The data was then used to map out alumni career paths. A summary of the findings can be found here. For more information on the alumni data tool, please contact the CMB Office.

"Nicholas R. Davenport of the Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, was named by the Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC) Editorial Board as recipient of the 26th annual MBoCPaper of the Year Award. As a graduate student in Bill Bement’s lab, Davenport was first author of the article “Membrane dynamics during cellular wound repair” (Mol. Biol. Cell 27, 2272–2285)." Excerpt from View the full article here.

Next Up: 
November 3, 2017at 4pm, Bock Labs Penthouse:
Josh Everson (Lipinski Lab) 
Christina Hansen (Pelegri Lab)

The Discovery Challenge is a research competition open to UW-Madison graduate students and postdocotral researchers from all departments. The event featured a poster session and almost 60 presenters ranging from psychiatry to botany, medical informatics to civil engineeing. Cash prizes were awarded to the most creative, impactful and collaborative proposals. Sarah Neuman was awarded for her work in understanding the effect of insulin secretion on growth in mutant animals with reduced body size - A Screen for Systematic Growth Regulators Reveals Hobbit, a Novel and Conserved Regulator of Insulin Secretion. Click here for the full story. 

Congratulations to Nadia Khan, who was recently inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. In the spirit of Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, membership in this society is based on students’ exemplary qualities of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. Nadia will attend the induction ceremony at the Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education in April 2017. See the 2016-2017 Bouchet Scholars page for more information.

The prospect of regenerating bone lost to cancer or trauma is a step closer to the clinic as University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists, including CMB trainer Wan-Ju Li, have identified two proteins found in bone marrow as key regulators of the master cells responsible for making new bone.
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CMB students gathered again this November at the Heidel House in Green Lake, WI for the annual student retreat. Congratulations to the winner for Best Talk (Adam Bayless, Bent Lab) and Best Poster (Drew Doering, Hittinger Lab). Pictured here are the winners of the coveted Golden Pipette. In addition to the usual activities, this year three CMB alumni joined the retreat to talk about their career paths.

CMB student Sarah Neuman recently had the chance to interview Francis Collins, the National Institutes of Health Director and former leader of the Human Genome Project, for the blog Genes to Genomes. In the interview, Dr. Collins offers insights on the role of genetics and model organisms in the future of biomedical research and advice to early-career scientists.
Click here to read the full blog post.

Check out some recent CMB student honors and awards. Congratulations to these students!

Ann Palmenberg, Professor of biochemistry at UW-Madison and CMB faculty member, and her team, which includes CMB student, Holly Basta, have constructed a three-dimensional model of the pathogen that shows why there is no cure yet for the common cold. Palmenberg and her team have published their findings in the journal Virology.  Check out the article here and learn more! 

Congrats to Penny Lam, CMB student in Anna Huttenlocher's lab, who was recently selected as one of ten winning pictures in the 2013 Cool Science Photo Contest at UW-Madison. The selected picture is the neuronal network in the tail fin of a live zebrafish embryo magnified 40 times. Read the full article and see the other winning pictures here

CMB student Brittany Jacobs, lab member in Troy Hornberger's lab, receives honorable mention in the 2012 Cool Science Image Contest. Read more about Brittany's image here.

Michael works on the discovery and characterization of novel pathogens in African non-human primates as well as studies intra-host variability in Hepatitis C virus and Dengue virus.  Michael joined CMB in the fall of 2009 and is originally from Germany.   

CMB Student, Maria Mikedis (Karen Downs Lab) was selected and recently attended the 61st annual meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany. She was selected from an internal UW competition and then a national selection. Based on her thesis advisor holding an NIH grant, Maria's exciting research topic and high productivity within a short period of time, Maria was selected to represent research.