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New Manuscript Published:

2019 Recap:

  • May 2019:  Heather Raimer successfully passes her Ph.D qualifying exam and becomes a Ph.D candidate.
  • July 2019: Graduate student Heather Raimer’s CMB Training Grant is renewed for another year.
  • July 2019: Graduate student Naomi Atkin receives a trainee award from the UVA Cancer Center for her work focusing on assessing individual susceptibility for cancer-causing chromosomal abnormalities by measuring DNA breaks.
  • October 2019: Naomi Atkin and Heather Raimer co-author the review “Broken By the Cut: A Journey into the Role of Topoisomerase II on DNA Fragility” in Genes.

Manuscript Accepted:

New Funding:

  • July 2018: Graduate student Heather Raimer receives the NIH Predoctoral Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant.

New Graduate Student:

  • First-year graduate student Heather Raimer joins the lab in February 2018.

2017 Recap

2016 Recap

  • Feb. 2016: Naomi Atkin, a first-year Ph.D. student, joins the lab.
  • March 2016: Christine Lehman and Dr. Yuh-Hwa Wang attend Gordon Research Conference “DNA Damage, Mutation, and Cancer”
  • May 2016: Congratulations to Christine Lehman for successfully defending her dissertation on “DNA Fragile Site Breakage as a Measure of Long-Term Chemical Exposure and Predictor of the Susceptibility to Form Chromosomal Rearrangements”
  • May 2016: Naomi Atkin receives the NIH Predoctoral Cancer Training Grant on DNA fragility in breast cancer.
  • July 2016: Dr. Yuh-Hwa Wang attends the FASEB Science Research Conference “Dynamic DNA Structure in Biology”
  • Oct. 2016: Dr. Yuh Hwa Wang attends the American Society of Human Genetics Conference
  • Nov. 2016: Christine Lehman, Ph.D. was awarded “Best Postdoc Presentation” at the Annual BMG Departmental Retreat.

2015 Recap

  • Oct 2015: Ryan Thys’ work on “DNA Replication dynamics of the GGGGCC repeat of C9orf72” is published in J. Biol. Chem., 290:28953-28962, to understand the expansion of a GGGGCC repeat located at C9orf72 and associated with familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia.
  • September 2015: Our RET/PTC rearrangements RO1 grant got renewed by NCI for four more years.
  • May 2015: Congratulations to Ryan Thys for successfully defending his dissertation on “DNA Secondary Structure in Human Disease and Gene Regulations”.
  • Jan. 2015: Ryan Thys was awarded Best Poster award at the 8th International Conference on Unstable Microsatellites in Human Disease at Guanacaste, Costa Rica.