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Liz Goley, MS 2002 Jan LaRocque, PhD 2007 Stephanie Bellendir, PhD 2015
Özlem Yιldιz, PhD 2003 Sushmita Mukherjee, PhD 2008 Noelle Romero, PhD 2016
Hunter Blanton, PhD 2005 Sabrina Andersen, PhD 2010 Greg Zapotoczny, PhD 2016
Sarah Radford, PhD 2006 Matt LaFave, PhD 2011 Julie Korda Holsclaw, PhD 2017
Kirsten Trowbridge, MS 2007 Kathryn Kohl, PhD 2013 Danielle Rognstad, PhD 2017
 
Danielle Rognstad
PhD Defense:
April 5, 2017
Dissertation:
GENerating a Greater Understanding of Resolvases in DNA Damage Repair
Publications:
Honors:
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2013-16)
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2016-17)
Current  Position:
Regional Institute Coordinator of the Regional Training Institute of the Atlantic States..
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Noelle Romero
PhD Defense:
March 14, 2017
Dissertation:
Novel Roles for the Drosophila melanogaster Ortholog of SMARCAL1 in DNA Damage Repair
Publications:
Honors:
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology Training Grant (2011-12)
  • NRSA F31 fellowship from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (2015-16)
Current  Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University, Center for Human Disease Modeling.
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Greg Zapotoczny
PhD Defense:
November 22, 2016
Dissertation:
Contributions of DNA Helicases to Genome Stability
Publications:
Current  Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow at Univ. Southern California, lab of Irene Chiolo.
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Noelle Romero
PhD Defense:
August 16, 2016
Dissertation:
Biochemical Activities and Genetic Functions of the Drosophila Fancm Helicase in DNA Repair
Publications:
Honors:
Genetics and Molecular Biology Training Grant (2010-11)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2011-14)
  • Royster Society of Fellows Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2014-15)
  • Current  Position:
    Program Coordinator, Chancellor's Science Scholars, UNC
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    Stephanie Bellendir
    Stephanie Bellendir
    PhD Defense:
    October 30, 2015
    Dissertation:
    Genetic and Biochemical Characterization of Drosophila Gen during DNA Repair and Recombination
    Publications:
    Honors:
    • Genetics and Molecular Biology Training Grant (2008-9)
    Talks at conferences:
    • "Substrate specificity of the Drosophila Holliday junction resolvase GEN"
      Genetics/GMB Retreat at the Beach, Sept. 28, 2013.
    Current  Position:
    Postdoctoral Fellow with Jonathan Berg, UNC
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    Kathryn Kohl
    PhD Defense:
    March 8, 2013
    Dissertation:
    Identification and Characterization of the Drosophila melanogaster Meiotic MCM Complex
    Publications:
    Honors:
    • Life Sciences Research Foundation postdoctoral fellowship (declined).
    • Genetics Society of America's Larry Sandler Award for outstanding dissertation in Drosophila, runner up (2014).
    • Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award (2013).
    • Kenan-Hobgood Dissertation Fellowship for outstanding student in GMB (2011).
    • Genetics and Molecular Biology Training Grant (2006-7)
    • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, honorable mention (2008)
    Talks at conferences:
    • "Identification of a Novel MCM Complex Involved in Meiotic Crossover Formation"
      Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar, June 12, 2010.
    • "Functions of a Meiotic MCM Complex in Generating Crossovers"
      Genetics/GMB Retreat at the Beach, Sept. 17, 2011.
    • "Identification of a Novel MCM Complex Involved in Meiotic Crossover Formation"
      Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar, June 2, 2012.
    • "The role of the Drosophila meiotic MCM proteins in crossover formation"
      GSA Drosophila Research Conference, April 5, 2013.
    • "The role of the Drosophila meiotic MCM proteins in crossover formation"
      Harold Weintraub Symposium, Seattle, WA, May 3, 2013.
    Current  Position:
    Postdoctoral Fellow with Nadia Singh, NC State University (10/13-7/14)
    Assistant Professor, Dept of Biology, Winthrop University
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    Matt LaFave
    Matt LaFave
    PhD Defense:
    April 6, 2011
    Dissertation:
    Detection and Analysis of Common Fragile Sites in Drosophila melanogaster
    Publications:
    Honors:
    • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, honorable mention (2007)
    • Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant (2007-8)
    Current  Position:
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Laboratory of Shawn Burgess, National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH)(11/11-7/15)
    Computational Biology, Synthetic Genomics Vaccine Institute, La Jolla, CA.
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    Sabrina Andersen
    Sabrina Andersen
    PhD Defense:
    March 8, 2010
    Dissertation:
    DmBLM's Functions in DNA Repair and Recombination
    Publications:
    Honors:
    • Best student talk, Genetics Retreat at the Beach (2008)
    • Kenan-Hobgood award for outstanding graduate student in GMB (2009)
    Current  Position:
    NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow with Tom Petes, Duke University (08/10-06/14)
    Laboratory of Simon Gregory, Duke University, Kanapolis campus
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    Sushmita Mukherjee
    Sushmita Mukherjee
    PhD Defense:
    August 1, 2008
    Dissertation:
    DNA Damage Response to Lesions Involving Both Strands of the Double-Helix
    Publication:
    S. Mukherjee, M.C. LaFave, and J. Sekelsky (2009) DNA damage responses in Drosophila nbs mutants with reduced or altered NBS function. DNA Repair 8: 803-812.
    Current  Position:
    Assistant Clinical Project Manager
    Theradex Oncology Experts
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    Kirsten Trowbridge
    Kirsten Trowbridge
    MS:
    May, 2007
    Thesis:
    Overlapping Functions of MUS81 and DmBLM Helicase in Drosophila melanogaster
    Publications:
    Current Position:
    Environmental Health Sciences PhD program, UNC-Greensboro.
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    Jan LaRocque
    Jan LaRocque
    PhD Defense:
    May 18, 2007
    Dissertation:
    DNA Damage Response in Drosophila melanogaster: Orchestrating Repair with Cell Cycle Checkpoints
    Publications:
    Honors:
    Postdoctoral  Research:
    Laboratory of Maria Jasin, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (07/2007-06/2011)
    NRSA postdoctoral fellowship
    Current  Position:
    Assistant Professor: Jan's website
    Dept. of Human Science, School of Nursing & Health Sciences, Georgetown University
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    Sarah Radford
    Sarah Radford
    PhD Defense:
    November 10, 2006
    Dissertation:
    Heteroduplex DNA and Meiotic Recombination in Drosophila.
    Publications:
    Honors:
    Current  Position:
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Laboratory of Kim McKim, Rutgers University (07/2007-present)
    Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellowship
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    Hunter Blanton
    Hunter Blanton
    PhD Defense:
    October 26, 2005
    Dissertation:
    Cloning and Characterization of recombination defective in Drosophila melanogaster.
    Publications:
    Honors:
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    Özlem Yιldιz
    Ozlem Yildiz
    PhD Defense:
    May 6, 2003
    Dissertation:
    The Functions of Two Interacting Proteins, MEI-9 and MUS312, in DNA Repair and Meiotic Recombination pathways
    Publications:
    Honors:
    Platform talk, Drosophila Research Conference (2001)
    Postdoctoral  Research:
    Laboratory of Doug Bishop, University of Chicago (06/2003-06/2005)
    Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Laboratory of Kenan Onel, University of Chicago (07/2005-06/2008)
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    Liz Goley
    Liz Goley
    MS:
    May, 2002
    Thesis:
    Targeting the Ercc1 DNA Repair Gene in Drosophila
    Publications:
    Current Position:
    MBS, Sloan School of Management, MIT (2006)
    Senior Product Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific
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