Articles Archive for December 2010
As per MCB tradition, a group of second year students organized a welcome bbq for the incoming first years early in September at Gas Works park. Students from all class years, program directors and adminstrative staff met and mingled with the new students, enjoying some outside time and some summertime barbeque food.
A group of undergraduates – mentored in part by MCB student Matt Smith – won first place in the Best Health and Medicine category in an international competition. Each year, a group of undergraduates at the University of Washington compete in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM). A team of students works together on a synthetic biology project for the better part of a year, then presents their work at an international conference before other teams and judges.
This year, the team focused on developing two “Twenty-first century antibiotics”. Half …
The newest addition to the Microbiology faculty, Jason Smith comes to Seattle from a postdoc at Scripps Institute in southern California. Surprisingly, he prefers the Seattle climate to San Diego’s, finding changing seasons refreshing after several years of constant sunshine. Having recently become a faculty member, Jason is still becoming accustomed to more time in his office away from the bench.
“The best thing about being a PI is that you have the freedom to do whatever you want,” he says, but adds quickly that it is also the scariest aspect …
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Hard work has paid off, literally, for third year MCB student Xiaoji Chen. At the Small Nucleic Acid Symposium held in October at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Xiaoji was awarded $20,000 for her poster presentation “Functional Genetic Approach to Map Regulatory Networks Governing the Lineage Commitment of Human Hematopoietic Stem Cells.” Competing against post-docs, PIs and other students, Xiaoji was one of eight people chosen for awards by Hutch faculty judges and symposium attendees.
The awards are funded by a pilot …