Fall 2013 e-news

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Greetings from MCDB

This enews brings you an update on the department over the last year.

  • We are pleased to introduce new faculty member JK Nandakumar.
  • This fall, we also welcomed 12 new doctoral students and 3 students in our Pathways Masters Program.
  • Our faculty are publishing in top journals and being recognized for their innovative work as is evident in Sara Aton's NIH Innovator Award.
  • We continue to address the needs of our undergraduate students. Read about our participation in E2Coach, a personalized electronic coaching program developed at UM. More innovations in STEM education are planned for the next year.
  • An overview of our department was captured in a video shown at 2013 American Society of Cell Biology Annual Meeting in December. View the MCDB video on YouTube.
  • This fall, as UM kicked off the Victors for Michigan capital campaign, we have targeted several priorities, including a laboratory for biological imaging and undergraduate summer research fellowships. Learn more on our Donation Opportunities web page.
  • Mark your calendars for the Priscilla Connell Memorial Lecture on May 21, 2014.

We wish you a happy and productive 2014.

Pamela A. Raymond, Ph.D.
Stephen S. Easter Collegiate Professor and Chair
Department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology


Meet new MCBD faculty member JK Nandakumar

JK Nandakumar

Assistant Professor Jayakrishnan (JK) Nandakumar joined the department in September. His research interest is telomerase, the enzyme that adds nucleotides to the ends of chromosomes.