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Congratulations to Elissa Foss the 2020-2021 Marcy Speer award recipient and Lauren Smith for Marcy Speer Best Scientific Paper award. read more about Marcy Speer Award Winners »

Chelsea Shoben from the Mohamed Noor lab was awarded a 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). Congratulations to Chelsea for this great achievement! read more about Chelsea Shoben-National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) »

Due to travel restrictions at many universities and institutions and Duke's recent cancelation of classes, all remaining UPGG seminars including the DL Series are canceled. read more about Remaining UPGG Seminars-Canceled »

Congratulations to Sarah Cunningham and Laavanya Sankaranarayanan for being awarded the 2020-2021 Bass Instructional Fellowship read more about UPGG Bass Fellows- Sarah C. and Laavanya S. »

The Duke graduate school published a profile of UPGG graduate Annie Jeong. https://gradschool.duke.edu/professional-development/blog/alumni-profiles-series-annie-jeong read more about Profile of UPGG Graduate Annie Jeong »

The UPGG held the annual retreat at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort NC on Oct 4-6, 2019.  Congrats to our presentation winners! Best Talk: Katie Jacobs Best Pop-Talk: Christi Fauci Best Intro Slide: Elissa Foss Best Poster: Ben Schott read more about UPGG Annual Retreat- 2019 Group Photo »

The Graduate School has just published an alumna profile of Mayya Shveygert written by Jonathan Motley. You can find the post here: https://gradschool.duke.edu/professional-development/blog/alumni-profil…   read more about UPGG Graduate, Jonathan Motley Inteviews Mayya Shveygert »

Congratulations to Jenny Tung form the Department of Biology on being awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. https://today.duke.edu/2019/09/dukes-jenny-tung-wins-625k-macarthur-foundation-genius-grant     read more about UPGG Faculty, Jenny Tung awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship »

Allison Ashley-Koch, PhD, is a Professor in the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute and the Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.  Allison previously served as the program DGS and will now serve as Co-Director for the program. Welcome back, Allison     read more about Welcome Allison Ashley-Koch as Co-Director of UPGG »

Congratulations to Jordan Powers on winning the Marcy Speer Fellowship Award for 2019-2020.   Congratulations to Martine Tremblay on being awarded the Marcy Speer Best Scientific Paper Award. Great job! read more about Marcy Speer-Fellowship Awards 2019 »

Chelsea Shoben from the Noor lab was awarded a Sigma Xi Research grant.  Congrats Chelsea! read more about Chelsea Shoben-Sigma Xi Grant »

Amy Webster from the Baugh lab was awarded the DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics for Fall 2019!  Please use the link below to learn more about the award.  http://genestogenomes.org/congratulations-to-the-fall-2019-winners-of-t… Congrats Amy!   read more about Amy Webster-Genetics Society of America (GSA) Award »

UPGG will hold the annual program town hall meeting for students and faculty on Tuesday, September 3 at 12:30p in 147 Nanaline Duke.  Hope all participating members can join us and hear the latest UPGG news. read more about UPGG Student & Faculty Town Hall Meeting on September 3, 2019 »

UPGG will host a scientific computing workshop the week of August 12-16 2019.  This workshop is a requirement for all incoming UPGG students.  We have limited space available for other interested students.  Please contact Liz Labriola -  liz.labriola@duke.ed for more details. read more about UPGG Scientific Computing Bootcamp August 12-16, 2019 »

UPGG 2nd year student, Niba Nirmal from the Benfey lab was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) competition. read more about Niba Nirmal Honorable Mention »

UPGG 5th year student, Cullen Roth from the Magwene lab received an award for his presentation at the annual South Eastern Yeast Meeting (SERYM). read more about Cullen Roth (SERYM) 2019 »

The Graduate School has just published a post by Katharine Korunes reflecting on the value of her GRIP internship at the EPA. https://gradschool.duke.edu/professional-development/blog/broadening-yo…   read more about Katharine Korunes-Professional Development Post-Feb 2019 »

Joe Heitman was awarded the Edward Novitski prize of the Genetics Society of America.  Heitman is honored for his work on human fungal pathogens and for identifying the molecular targets of widely-used immunosuppressive drugs. The latter work proved to be a seminal contribution to the discovery of the TOR pathway, which regulates cell growth and activity in response to nutrients. The Novitski Prize recognizes a single experimental accomplishment or a body of work in which an exceptional level of creativity and… read more about Joseph Heitman - Genetics Society of America Award »

UPGG students, Sarah Cunningham and Katie Jacobs awarded a 2019-2020 Bass Fellowship.  Sarah is a 3rd year student in the Reddy lab and Katie is a 4th year student in the Lew lab.  Congrats to Sarah and Katie! read more about Sarah Cunningham and Katie Jacobs-Bass Fellowship 2019-2020 »

UPGG 2nd year student, Niba Nirmal was accepted as a 2019 Yale Cienca Scholar.  https://www.cienciapr.org/en/yale-ciencia-academy-career-development         read more about Niba Nirmal-accepted as a 2020 Yale Cienca Scholar. »

"On Monday this week, the world found out for the first time via an Associated Press article (https://www.apnews.com/4997bb7aa36c45449b488e19ac83e86d) that Dr. He Jiankui, from the Southern University of Science and Technology of China in Shenzhen, claimed to have made the world’s first genetically edited twins. More details about the study were revealed yesterday when Dr. He spoke at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkeh0MYvEfM. There has been both… read more about Video Link- Repercussions of Human Gene-Editing Panel Discussion Dec 6, 2018 »

Dionna Gamble, a UPGG PhD candidate in the Jinks-Robertson lab, has been awarded a NIGMS Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31). This award will support her research which centers around the repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) via homologous recombination (HR) in the budding yeast. Specifically Dionna is investigating the effect of different DSB end structures, created by nuclease platforms, on the intermediates and outcomes of HR.  Congratulations to Dionna! read more about Dionna Gamble Receives Fellowship »

The UPGG is headed to a mountain resort for the 2018 annual program retreat.  The retreat will take place from October 5-7, 2018 at the Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure. read more about UPGG Annual Retreat October 5-7, 2018 »

Laavanya Sankaranarayanan is the 2018-19 recipient of the Marcy Speer Fellowship Award.  Katie Walzer from the Chi lab and Amy Webster from the Baugh lab were both awarded the Marcy Speer Scientific Paper Award.  Congrats to all 3 UPGG award winners   read more about Marcy Speer Award Winners »

The University Program in Genetics and Genomics (UPGG) will welcome 10 new students to the program.  Please join us for a welcome picnic on Tuesday, August 21, 5:30p at the Duke Forest Rigsbee Shleter-Gate F. read more about UPGG Welcome Picnic on August 21 at 5:30p »

Katharine Korunes, a 4th year UPGG student from the Noor lab was awarded an NSF GRIP (Graduate Research Internship Program) for fall 2018.  This is a program offered to NSF graduate fellows (GRFP-recipients), and it allows Fellows to conduct research and engage in professional development through collaboration with Federal laboratories.  Katharine plans to work with the  EPA's National Health and Environmental Effect's Laboratory for fall 2018.  Congrats to Katharine! read more about Katharine Korunes Awarded an NSF GRIP (Graduate Research Internship Program) for fall 2018 »

The Graduate School has just published a profile of UPGG alumna Felicia Hawthorne on the professional development blog.  Current UPGG 2nd year student, Rachel Newcomb wrote and conducted the interview.  You can find the full article by clicking on the link below. https://gradschool.duke.edu/professional-development/blog/alumni-profil… read more about Rachel Newcomb interviews UPGG Alumna »

UPGG first year students, Rylee Hackley and Niba Nirmal received Sigma Xi grants.  Rylee received her grant from work in the Schmid lab titled  "Evolution of a Global Metabolic Network in Halophilic Archaea.".  Niba received her grant from work in the Sherwood lab titled The Role of Basement Membrane in the C. elegans Germ Stem Cell Niche. Congratulations to Rylee and Niba! read more about 2 Sigma Xi Grants-Rylee Hackley and Niba Nirmal »

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene announced the winners of the Young Investigator Award.  Over 80 students competed in this competition and five winners were announced at the opening session of the meeting. UPGG student, Katie Walzer from the Chi lab was one of the 5 winners.  Congratulations to Katie! read more about Young Investigator Award-Katelyn Walzer from the Chi Lab »