Annual Retreat

Each year PCB sponsors a retreat showcasing the research done by graduate students and postdocs in the Department. Oral and poster presentations allow for a high volume of information exchange and awards are given to the top poster presenters. We also use this forum to present the Robert J. Fitzgerald Scholars awards to recognize the most important manuscripts published by students, fellows, and staff in the preceding year.

Our next retreat will be held September 20-22, 2019 at Wrightsville Beach, NC.

2018 Retreat Poster Winners

2018 Retreat Poster Winners
Courtney McKernan (Pendergast Lab)
Joanna Sinnakannu (Ong Lab- Duke NUS)
Debleena Ray (Epstein Lab- Duke NUS)
Marc Johnson (Rathmell Lab)
Armando Corona (Blobe Lab)
Scott Allen (Fox Lab)
Kevin Lin (Wood Lab)
Nathaniel Mabe (Alvarez Lab)
(not pictured) Kristianne Oristian (Linardic Lab)

2018 Fitzgerald Scholars

2018 Fitzgerald Scholars
Bella Gao, PhD (Locasale Lab)
Serine availability influences mitochondrial dynamics and function through lipid metabolism.
Cell Reports 2018 22:3507-3520
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=29590619

Hema Adhikari, PhD (Counter Lab)
Interrogating the protein interactomes of RAS isoforms identifies PIP5K1A as a KRAS-specific vulnerability.
Nat Commun 2018 9(1):3646
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=30194290

Jessica Sawyer, PhD (Fox Lab)
Interorgan regulation of Drosophila intestinal stem cell proliferation by a hybrid organ boundary zone.
Development 2017 144(22):4091-4102
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=28947534

Ziwei Dai, PhD (Locasale Lab)
Methionine metabolism influences genomic architecture and gene expression through H3K4me3 peak width.
Nat Commun 2018 9(1):1955
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=29769529

Grace Anderson (Wood Lab)
Dysregulation of mitochondrial dynamics proteins are a targetable feature of human tumors.
Nat Commun 2018 9(1):1677
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=29700304

Jian-geng Chiou (Lew Lab)
Principles that govern competition or co-existence in Rho-GTPase driven polarization.
PLoS Comput Biol 2018 14(4) e1006095
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=29649212

Erez Cohen (Fox Lab)
Fizzy-related dictates a cell cycle switch during organ repair and tissue growth responses in the Drosophila hindgut.
Elife 2018 7:e38327
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=30117808

Joanne Dai (Luftig Lab)
Intracellular BH3 profiling reveals shifts in antiapoptotic dependency in human B cell maturation and mitogen-stimulated proliferation.
J Immunol 2018 200(5):1727-1736
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=29358277

Nathaniel Mabe (Alvarez Lab)
Epigenetic silencing of tumor suppressor Par-4 promotes chemoresistance in recurrent breast cancer.
J Clin Invest 2018
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=30148456

Lifeng Yuan, PhD (Wang Lab)
IMMP2L: a mitochondrial protease suppressing cellular senescence.
Cell Res 2018 28(6):607-608
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=29844577