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First Annual Bioinformatics Minor End-of-Year Celebration

On Wednesday, June 7, faculty, staff, and undergraduates began a new tradition for the UCLA Bioinformatics Minor Program. Prof. Eleazar Eskin, chair of the Minor Program, hosted the first annual Bioinformatics Minor End-of-Year Celebration to recognize and celebrate undergraduates who completed the requirements for the Minor.

Read more about the reception and award ceremony:

Annual Retreat on Catalina Island

This year, Bioinformatics IDP PhD students Kikuye Koyano and Artur Jaroszewicz organized the retreat at the University of Southern California’s Wrigley Marine Science Center in Two Harbors, 20 miles offshore from Los Angeles.

During the 3-day retreat, Bioinformatics IDP graduate students presented research papers and held forums on applying for fellowships, writing letters of intent, managing graduate school funding packages, and using campus mental health resources. In addition to science, faculty and students enjoyed hiking the chaparral hills, kayaking in the bay, snorkeling in the kelp forest, and enjoying dinner overlooking the beach in Two Harbors.

Read more about this year’s retreat on the ZarLab blog:

Sankararaman selected for 2017 Sloan Fellowships

UCLA Bioinformatics faculty member Sriram Sankaraman was among 126 scientists and scholars in the United States and Canada selected to receive 2017 Sloan Research Fellowship. The fellowships are awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to early-career scientists and scholars who are the “rising stars of the academic community” and who are “transforming their fields and opening up entirely new research horizons,” said Paul Joskow, president of the Sloan Foundation. Congratulations Dr. Sankararaman!

Read more about Dr. Sankararaman here:

Four UCLA faculty members selected for 2017 Sloan Fellowships




BIG Summer students win poster awards



Congratulations to Favour Esedebe, mentored by Dr. Roel Ophoff, and Kofi Amoah, mentored by Dr. Tracy Johnson, for winning prestigious poster awards at this years ABRCMS meeting in Tampa, Florida. The Annual Bimedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRMCS) had over 4,000 attendees, and 1,500 student presentations this year.


Bioinformatics student Gleb Kichaev wins award at ASHG annual meeting

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For his paper, “Leveraging functional annotation data in trans-ethinic fine-mapping studies”, current Bioinformatics Ph.D. student Gleb Kichaev was chosen as a recipient of the Cotterman Award at the 2016  American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting, held October 18-22 in Vancouver, Canada.

Each September, the editorial board of The American Journal of Human Genetics selects two articles published in the journal in the previous year that best represent outstanding scientific contributions to the field of human genetics. Two Cotterman Awards are given annually, with a monetary award of $1,000 and a plaque being presented to the recipients.  These top two papers must be published in the Journal during the previous year on which the first author was either a pre- or post- doctoral trainee and an ASHG member.

Congratulations Gleb!

Kathrin Plath selected as Faculty Scholar

Kathrin PlathBioinformatics faculty member Kathrin Plath was among the first cohort of 84 scientists selected as Faculty Scholars by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Faculty Scholars are “early-career scientists who have great potential to make unique contributions to their field.” 

To be chosen as an HHMI Faculty Scholar, early-career investigators must have between four and 10  years of experience as faculty members and must have shown potential for significant research productivity and originality, as judged by their doctoral and postdoctoral work, results from their independent research program, and their future research plans. Through this program, the philanthropies will spend about $83 million over five years to support the first cohort of scientists selected to receive grants.

Kathrin Plath, Professor of Biological Chemistry, earned her doctorate degree in cell biology from Harvard Medical School and the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, and did her post-doctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco, where she worked on the X-inactivation process in female mammalian cells. In 2003, Dr. Plath moved to the Whitehead Institute at MIT to gain expertise in stem cell biology, and she joined UCLA’s Biological Chemistry Department in March 2006. Her lab focuses on epigenetic changes that occur during differentiation of pluripotent cells or during reprogramming to pluripotency. Dr. Plath serves as on the board of directors of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, and has received NIH’s New Innovator Award.

Congratulations Dr. Plath!