Dr. Dwight E. Bergles, a Boston University Biology alum, won the 2020 Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research. Graduated from BU with a bachelor’s degree in biology, he is now a leading neuroscientist at The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience and the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an…
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Each year, the international NOMIS Foundation selects two notable academics as recipients of the NOMIS Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award, and this year MCB faculty Catherine Dulac is one of the honorees. The award includes five years of research funding, totaling up to 2.5 million dollars. “This is terrific news, and more well-deserved recognition for the exciting and groundbreaking work that Catherine and her lab…
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We are excited to announce that the 2020 winner of the Belamarich Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Biology goes to Dr. Ashley Penvose for her work on “Determinants of the DNA binding and gene regulatory specificity for Type II nuclear receptors”. Dr. Penvose attained her doctoral degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at BU and was a graduate research fellow in Siggers…
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The Dean’s Office is pleased to announce that Shobini Jayaraman, PhD, has been named Distinguished Staff of the Month for March. Dr. Jayaraman is a senior research scientist in physiology & biophysics. She joined the BUSM community in 2003 as a post-doctoral research scientist. Her nominators say: “Dr. Jayaraman, who herself is a person of color, helped train two URM…
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2021 Shipley Pilot Grant Awards

Jonathan Wisco, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, except for skin cancer: According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 60 percent of cases are diagnosed in men over age 65 and the disease rarely occurs in those younger than 40. Prostate cancer is disproportionately diagnosed in black men, and amongst the…
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Gyongyi Szabo, MD, PhD, Hon. ScD, Chief Academic Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH), has received the American Liver Foundation’s 2020 Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award. This national award is considered one of the highest honors in the field of liver disease research and annually recognizes one individual who has demonstrated outstanding professional…
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Catherine Dulac, Lee and Ezpeleta Professor of Arts and Sciences and Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, has been awarded a 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for her pioneering work identifying the neural circuitry that regulates parenting behavior in both males and females. “One of the beauties of science is teamwork,” said Dulac, who described being “shocked” upon receiving the…
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Gregory Ciottone, HMS associate professor of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess, received the American Academy of Disaster Medicine’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes the vital role physician specialists play in the disaster life cycle—preparation, planning, response and recovery. Ciottone has dedicated his career to the academic advancement of disaster medicine through a combination of field work, research and scholarly…
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UMass Medical School postdoctoral associate Yasaman Gholamalipour, PhD, was awarded the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Berman-Topper Family HD Career Development Fellowship for 2020. The HDSA fellowship provides $80,000 of funding per year for three years to scientists and clinicians who intend to make Huntington’s disease a part of their long-term career plan. “I want to use my background in…
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Six Dana-Farber faculty members have been recognized by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) with 2020 AACR Team Science Awards for their role in The Cancer Genome Atlas Project (TCGA). The recipients are: Adam Bass, MD Rameen Beroukhim, MD, PhD David Kwiatkowski, MD, PhD Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD Chris Sander, PhD Eliezer Van Allen, MD The AACR Team Science Award was established by…
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