Student Honors & Awards

We are very proud of the accomplishments of our graduate students.  BSD students have an excellent record of obtaining competitive fellowships, receiving national awards for their research, and publishing findings that move their fields forward.  The most recent student accomplishments are shown below.

Recent Student Accomplishments

Taylor Feehley

Taylor Feehley (Immunology) has been named one of Forbes "30 Under 30" for her work on food allergies and gut bacteria, leading to the development of potential new probiotics that could allow infants allergic to milk to drink it safely. Her advisor is Dr. Cathryn Nagler.

Alex Gileta

Alex Gileta (Human Genetics) was awarded an F31 Fellowship from the NIH for his project entitled "Genome-wide association study for the propensity to attribute incentive salience to reward cues in outbred rats." His advisor is Dr. Abraham Palmer.

David Grossnickle

David Grossnickle (Evolutionary Biology) received an Honorable Mention for the 2014-2015 Teaching Prize.  He was honored for her outstanding performance in Mammalian Ecology, BIOS 23254, in Spring 2015. His advisor is Dr. Zhe-Xi Luo.

Christopher Haddad

Christopher Haddad (Medical Physics) was awarded a predoctoral  fellowship from the American Heart Association.  His advisor is Dr. Maryellen Giger.

Jackie Lungmus

Jackie Lungmus (Integrative Biology) was awarded the Colbert Prize for Best Student Poster at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology at Dallas.  She worked with Prof. Ken Angielczyk at the Field Museum.  The poster was titled "A New Sistecephalid Dicynodont (Therapsida, Anomodontia) from the Mid-Zambia Basin (Zambia) and its Fossorial Adaptations."

Roberto Márquez

Roberto Márquez (Ecology and Evolution) received the National Geographic Young Explorer's Grant.  His advisor is Dr. Marcus Kronforst.

Daniel Rabe

Daniel Rabe (Cancer Biology) received an F31 Fellowship from the NIH for his project entitled “The role of macrophages in triple-negative breast cancer invasion and metastasis.” He was also selected to give a talk in a plenary session at the AACR Tumor Metastsis Meeting in December, 2015. His advisor is Dr. Marsha Rosner.

Gabriel Salzman

Gabriel Salzman (Interdisciplinary Scientist Training Program) was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, National Institute of General Medical Sciences. His advisors are Drs. Shohei Koide and Demet Arac-Ozkan.

Sylvia Ranjeva

Sylvia Ranjeva (Interdisciplinary Scientist Training Program - Ecology and Evolution) won the 2014-2015 Teaching Award in the Biological Science Division.  She was honored for her outstanding performance in Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease, BIOS 23409, in Autumn 2014. She was cited for her knowledge and passion on the subject matter, her hard work in helping her students understand the material, her non-judgmental attitude towards questions, her interest in her students, and her accessibility both in and out of class. Her advisors are Drs. Sarah Cobey and Greg Dwyer.

Laura Southcott

Laura Southcott (Evolutionary Biology) received a Tinker Field Research Grant from the Centre for Latin American Studies, as well as a Rosemary Grant Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution. Her advisor is Dr. Marcus Kronforst.

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