Congratulations to Dr. Zhihao Tan
—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 http://www.yeastgenome.org/smoothing-over-an-extra-chromosome. 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.