An update on the department over the last year.
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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 n a video shown at 2013 American Society of Cell Biology Annual Meeting in December. View the MCDB video.
  • 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

Sarah Aton receives NIH Innovator Award

While sleep may knit up “the ravell’d sleave of care, ” unraveling how brain changes unique to sleep affect memories is the aim of UM molecular biologist Sara Aton, who been awarded a 2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award, which aims to provide support for highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research. The award will provide $1.5 million over 5 years to support Aton’s work.

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Meet new faculty member JK Nandakumar

Assistant Professor Jayakrishnan (JK) Nandakumar joined the department in September. His research interest is telomerase, the enzyme that recruits nucleotides to the ends of chromosomes. His research group uses biochemical and cell biology techniques, and X-ray crystallographic tools to explore protein-nucleic acid complexes. “These two forms of molecules‑- very different entities‑- always come together in every important event in biology.”

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MCDB joins E2Coach project

MCDB 310 Biochemistry was one course chosen for a recent expansion of E2Coach, a data-driven, personalized coaching program, which is designed to improve student success in large introductory science and math courses. Developed and piloted in Physics by Professor Tim McKay, it was expanded this fall to three other introductory science and math classes.

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