MCB News and Announcements

1 day 3 hours ago

KAMPALA, UGANDA -- Dr. Nixon Niyonzima is a magnet for children as he walks the grounds outside the pediatric ward of the Uganda Cancer Institute. The smallest ones hug him around the knees, taller ones swing on his arms. One shy 14-year-old girl kneels --a traditional way to show respect—and ducks her head, then reaches for his hand. He takes it, strokes her hair, and, speaking in Luganda, asks her mother how she’s doing since her treatment for Burkitt lymphoma, the most common childhood cancer in sub-Saharan Africa. From her mother’s beaming face, it’s clear she’s doing well.

MCB Graduate Student, Nixon Niyonzima at home again in Uganda for a 3-week visit.

See the story, Ambassador of hope -- Home again in Uganda, a doctor sees progress, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center website, written by Mary Engel with photographs by Robert Hood

2 days 11 hours ago

The UW Graduate School has awarded MCB graduate, Andrew C. Adey, its 2014 Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation entitled "Comprehensive, Precision Genomics." The award recognizes outstanding and exceptional research and scholarship at the doctoral level and the winner receives $1,000. Congratulations and thanks are also conveyed to Genome Sciences and to Dr. Adey's mentors, Drs. Jay Shendure, Evan Eichler, and Deborah Nickerson.

The Graduate School received 18 nominations from various doctoral programs, and the quality of the work was superb.  All nominations were carefully evaluated by the Dean and Associate Deans, and a 'short list' of eight applicants was then reviewed by a sub-committee of the Graduate School Council to decide the final winner. Dean Eaton and all of those who reviewed the nominations found the opportunity to review these submissions to be a real privilege, and felt that each of the nominations received was a striking reminder of the exceptional research that is completed by our UW graduate students. Dr. Adey graduated in Winter Quarter 2014.

1 week 5 hours ago

For successfully defending your dissertation entitled, "Tracking buffers of mutation and noise to the genome," under the mentorship of Dr. Christine Queitsch, Assistant Professor, UW Genome Sciences. See Dr. Lachowiec's MCB Profile for her research summary and publications.

1 week 6 days ago

—who successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "It’s not just fluff: mechanisms underlying the ability of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to build complex multicellular colonies" under the mentorship of Dr. Aimee Dudley, PhD, UW Associate Professor and Principal Scientist, Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI).

See also, PNDRI's announcement of Dr. Tan's defense of his doctoral thesis and the non-technical article using "Jon Bon Jovi's hair ... as a metaphor for a scientific phenomenon" at Dr. Tan has a gift for making complicated science concepts understood by those without scientific training.

The thumbnail below is a close-up view of an intricate colony formed by an S. cerevisiae stain derived from natural isolates. Its nickname is Fluffy. The photo placed 1st in the Science Category, Overall, of the MCB 2011 Photo Contest.


4 weeks 12 hours ago

—who successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "High-resolution studies of the chromatin and transcription landscape" under the mentorship of Steven Henikoff, PhD, FHCRC and Affiliate Professor, Genome Sciences, UW School of Medicine.

4 weeks 12 hours ago

Go directly to the The Reluctant Onlcologist at

“Being at the cutting edge of research is very exciting in its own right,” he said during a recent interview on the Hutch campus. “It opens people to new opportunities and ideas. It’s exciting to be able to discover something. Also to offer hope to your patients—research does that.”

“I think ‘How much closer can I bring Uganda to something like this?’” he asked, waving a hand to take in the Hutch campus. “It’s still my overriding goal to improve health care in Africa.”

Article by Mary Engel, staff writer at FHCRC

7 weeks 2 days ago

See Karlyn Beer's Bonderman Fellowship Bike Tour Blog. “Karlyn Beer is traveling by bike through Central and South America, Turkey and parts of southeast Asia, exploring how people and cultures interact with the living world around them. Through the lenses of dwindling reptile and amphibian diversity and bicycle transportation, she hopes to observe how human activity feeds back on itself around the world to influence animal, environmental, and our own health.  Although herpetology and bicycles are important parts of her life, this trip will connect her with people who experience these same animals and transportation in new and different ways.“  As noted on the UW Honors Program & Grad School Fellow Profiles page at