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STUDENT Achievements

MCB Spring 17 Reception Awards





Outstanding Graduate Research was received by Yen-Pang Hsu (VanNieuwenhze lab)






Outstanding Associate Instructor Awards was received by Jennifer Wong (Dann Lab)

Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) 

We would like to congratulate Perla Palomino as SACNAS's vice president. Perla assumes presidential responsibilities in the absence of the president, develops and coordinates outreach activities with the National Liaison, maintains the chapter’s web presence on the SACNAS website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites.  Formulates and executes plan for recruitment and retention.

Latino/a Graduate Student Association (LGSA)

We would also like to congratulate Perla as LGSA's chair, who's duties and responsibilities include planning & facilitating executive board & community meetings & as well as overseeing other positions in the LGSA.

BIOC Grad Student Spring 2017 Awards through Dept. of Biology:

Yen-Pang Hsu (VanNieuwenhze lab)
  Walter A. Konetzka Fellowship

Erkin Kuru (Brun Lab/VanNieuwenhze lab)
  Floyd Award for Outstanding Publication in Microbiology

Cody M. Rogers (Bochman lab)      
  Frank W. Putnam Research Fellowship

2017 Spring COAS Travel Award:

Jiangyu Yan (Bell Lab) and Yunliang Zhang (Bush Lab) were both recipients of the 2017 Spring COAS Travel Award.

Research Achievements:

PhD student Yen-Pang Hsu (VanNieuwenhze lab) are authors on a study reported in Science that is the first to reveal in extreme detail the operation of the biochemical clockwork that drives cellular division in bacteria. [ IU news release ]

Exceptional Prelim Peglow Award Recipients

In the van Kessel laboratory, we study how bacterial cells reconfigure gene expression in response to changes in population dynamics through a process known as quorum sensing. We have discovered that a family of DNA binding proteins, known as nucleoid-associated proteins, are involved in this reconfiguration. My project seeks to investigate the mechanisms by which these proteins control transcription along side the quorum sensing master regulator, LuxR, on a global scale.


Ryan Chaparian, Fall 2016

My study is focusing on investigation of bacterial cell wall synthesis. How bacteria build their cell wall to coordinate growth and division remains unclear. The use of genetic engineering, with the combination of newly designed fluorescence probes and microscopy, allowed us to study the dynamics and mechanisms of bacterial cell wall synthesis as well as the related synthetic proteins. Our recent findings revealed a novel pattern of cell wall synthesis during bacterial division, expanding our understanding of bacteria growth and protein regulation. This study is expected to provide advanced knowledge of cell wall formation for the development of new antibacterial strategies.

Yen-Pang Hsu, Fall 2015

Grant Award Recipients

Nicholas Pulliam had a poster selected as one of the outstanding posters at the Indiana CTSI 8th Annual Meeting. Nicholas has been selected to receive $1,000 toward research or education related travel or training.





Nicholas Pulliam, Fall 2016

2015 AI Award Recipients

AI Awards Recipients

L to R: Amber Yount, James Haley, Sundhar Subramanian, Heidi Schindel (not pictured)

Graduate and Professional Organization (GPSO) 2015 Research Award Winner

Ali Ozes, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Dr. Ken Nephew Lab

2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Building Bridges Award Winner

Virginia Smith is being awarded for her "...awesome contributions, and helping to promote the legacy, vision, and spirit of Dr. King on the IU Bloomington campus."

For more information on the Building Bridges Award, visit their website here: