Recent News

January 16, 2018
Caitlin received a travel award from the UNC Office of Undergraduate Research to attend and present at the GSA Drosophila Research Conference in April.

January 10, 2018
The lab welcomes three new undergraduate researchers (Maggie, Leela, and Evan) as well as the return of three (Caitlin, David, and Princess).

December 15, 2017
Simon's paper on crossover patterning in mei-41 mutants was accepted at Genetics has was published online.

November 7, 2017
Juan passed his oral exam and becomes a PhD candidate.

August 27, 2017
Talia gave an outstanding talk at the EMBO Conference on Meiosis in Hvar, Croatia.

June 22, 2017
Simon successfully defended his PhD dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Brady!

June 16, 2017
Talia's review of the functions of Blm helicase in meiosis was accepted for publication in Bioessays.

April 15, 2017
Kale's review of chromosome 4 recombination was published in Fly (early online).

April 5, 2017
Danielle successfully defended her PhD dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Rognstad! After graduation, Danielle will be Regional Institute Coordinator of the Regional Training Institute of the Atlantic States.

March 20, 2017
Stephanie and Danielle's paper, "Substrate preference of Gen endonucleases highlights the importance of branched structures as DNA damage repair intermediates", was accepted at Nucleic Acids Research.

March 14, 2017
Julie successfully defended her PhD dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Korda Holsclaw! Julie moves on to a postdoctoal position at the Center for Human Disease Modelingo at Duke.

March 1, 2017
Talia gave an invited seminar at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Department of Biology Seminar Series.

February 22, 2017
Julie's paper, "Annealing of complementary DNA sequences during double-strand break repair in Drosophila is mediated by the ortholog of SMARCAL1", was accepted at Genetics.

February 7, 2017
Greg's paper, " Human cell assays for synthesis-dependent strand annealing and crossovers during double-strand break repair", was accepted at G3 | Genes, Genomes, and Genetics.

February 2, 2016
Jeff's FlyBook article, " DNA repair in Drosophila: Mutagens, models, and missing genes", was published in Genetics.

November 23, 2016
Kale passed her oral exam. That's the last hurdle (except for the thesis and publishing a paper).

November 22, 2016
Greg successfully defended his PhD dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Zapotoczny! He moves on to a postdoc position with Irene Chiolo at USC.

October 27, 2016
Talia and Kathryn's paper titled "Bloom syndrome helicase promotes meiotic crossover patterning and homolog disjunction" was accepted at Current Biology. Susan and Kale are co-authors.

August 31, 2016
Julie and Talia co-wrote a chapter for the book Genome Stability: From Virus to Human Application, published this month. Their chapter is titled "Meiotic and Mitotic Recombination: First in Flies.".

August 16, 2016
Noelle successfully defended her PhD dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Romero! She moves on to a position with the Chancellor's Science Scholars program.

July 28, 2016
Noelle's paper titled "Biochemical activities and genetic functions of the Drosophila melanogaster Fancm helicase in DNA repair" was accepted and is online at Genetics.

June 1, 2016
Talia's F31 NRSA fellowship was funded by the National Institute of Aging.

April 14, 2016
Danielle was awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from The Graduate School at UNC.

April 8, 2016
Greg won a UNC-CH Sigma Xi Chapter Student Travel Award for his talk at the Graduate and Professional Student Federation's Academic Research Conference.

April 8, 2016
Former postdoc Dan Bergstralh accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Biology at University of Rochester!

March 3, 2016
Our MIRA grant to continue our studies of recombination mechanisms was funded by NIGMS. Five more years!

February 11, 2016
Nicole's kangaroo (K99 + R00) Pathway to Independence grant, which received a priorty score of 14, got funded by NIGMS!

November 4, 2015
Kale gave a nice poster at the Structure-Specific Endonucleases in Genome Stability Meeting in Brno, Czech Republic (where Mendel worked).

October 30, 2015
Dr. Stephanie Bellendir successfully defended her dissertation.

April 25, 2015
Kale Hartmann has joined the lab for her thesis research.

April 15, 2015
Hailey was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the Office of Undergraduate Research.

March 23, 2015
Emily gave a nice talk at the Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium on the research for her senior honors thesis.

December 1, 2014
Julie's F31 NRSA fellowship was funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

August 21, 2014
Our funding from NIGMS to study mechanisms of meiotic recombination was renewed until 2018.

July 29, 2014
Kenny's paper on functions of FANCM helicase was accepted at Genetics (published online 09/09).

July 15, 2014
Danielle passed her oral exam.

July 10, 2014
Nicole's paper on short-patch MMR and meiotic heteroduplex DNA was accepted at PLoS Genetics. Published 09/04/14).

July 8, 2014
Julie's F31 NRSA fellowship application scored 18 (6th percentile).

June 18, 2014
Talia was selected for appointment to the Genetics T32 training grant, one of only 7 of 22 applicants.

April 8, 2014
Kathryn accepted a tenure-track posiion at Winthrop University.

April 8, 2014
Noelle received a dissertation completion fellowship in the Rosyter Society of Fellows.

April 4, 2014
Chris gave a great talk at the Biology Undergraduate Honors Symposium; he was awarded Highest Honors.

February 12, 2013
Eric accepted a tenure-track position at Lewis-Clark State College, starting fall 2014.

March 3, 2014
Lydia received a Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA F31 postdoctoral fellowship from the NIH.

January 22, 2014
Kathryn was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Life Sciences Research Foundation, one of about 25 from >1000 applicants.

January 22, 2014
Chris received a travel grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research.

January 14, 2014
Kathryn was selected runner-up for the Larry Sandler Award of the Genetics Society of America.

December 2, 2013
Eric received a DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics.

October 17, 2013
Our paper on mitotic crossovers in Blm mutants was accepted for publication in Genetics.

September 29, 2013
Nicole won the award for best talk by a postdoc at the Genetics Scientific Retreat at the Beach.

September 29, 2013
Lydia won an award for outstanding poster by a postdoc at the Genetics Scientific Retreat at the Beach.

September 29, 2013
Stephanie gave a fantastic talk at the Genetics Scientific Retreat at the Beach.

September 12, 2013
Alums Sarah Radford and Dan Bergstralh gave great Early Career Stage talks at the EMBO Drosophila Cell Division conference.

July 18, 2013
Stephanie's commentary on C. elegans meiotic resolvases was published in PLOS Genetics.

June 13, 2013
Susan's paper on chromosomal position and meiotic recombination was accepted by G3.

May 17, 2013
Our scuplture Polypropylenetenes was exhibited in the Ackland Art Museum.

May 12, 2013
Salma's story was featured on the front page of the Raleigh News and Observer.

April 17, 2013
Our supplement for a collaboration with Dorothy Erie and Matt Redinbo received funding for two years.

April 5, 2013
Kathryn gave a great talk at the Fly Meeting, as did former lab member Sarah Radford.

April 1, 2013
Nicole started on her NRSA postdoctoral fellowship.

March 29, 2013
Danielle was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from NSF.

March 29, 2013
Chris was awarded a SURF from the Office of Undergraduate Research.

March 22, 2013
Kathleen and Salma spoke at the Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium, receiving Honors and Highest Honors.

March 8, 2013
Kathryn defended her PhD dissertation.

March 21, 2013
Kathryn's review of meiotic recombination was accepted for publication in the June issue of Genetics.

March 19, 2013
Lydia won a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Basic Research from the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

February 7, 2013
Kathryn won the Harold Weintraub Graduate Student Award.