MCB News and Announcements

1 day 13 hours ago

For successfully defending your dissertation entitled, "Computational Design of Protein-Protein Interactions to Engineer Novel Inhibitors of the p53 Pathway and the Polycomb Repressive Complex," under the mentorship of Dr. David Baker, Professor, UW Department of Biochemistry. See Dr. James Moody's profile.

1 week 20 hours ago

For successfully defending your dissertation entitled, "Evaluating Properties of Dystrophin and Delivery Methods of rAAV Gene Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy," under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffery Chamberlain, Professor, UW Department of Biochemistry. See Dr. Julian Ramos' profile.

1 week 20 hours ago

For successfully defending your dissertation entitled, "Immunity to Tuberculosis: SNAPc1 and the Importance of Taking Out the Trash," under the mentorship of Dr. Lalita Ramakrishnan, Professor, UW Microbiology.  See Dr. Russell Berg's profile.

2 weeks 2 days ago

For successfully defending your dissertation entitled, "Data-driven inference of dynamic transcriptional regulatory mechanisms in prokaryotes: a systems perspective," under the mentorship of Dr. Nitin Baliga, Professor, Institute for Systems Biology (ISB). See Dr. Brooks' profiles at MCB and ISB for his research summary, publications, and background.

4 weeks 1 day 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

4 weeks 2 days 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.

8 weeks 21 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