Michael Grunstein is included in the 2012 Thomson Reuters Laureates

Michael Grunstein is included in the 2012 Thomson Reuters Laureates for his research on fundamental discoveries in genetic regulation. Article

Robert Morgan Fink passes at 96

Robert Morgan Fink, 96, a retired UCLA biochemistry professor whose groundbreaking research with his biochemist wife included developing a new technique in the late 1940s to study the thyroid, died Wednesday of natural causes at his Pacific Palisades home. Dr. Fink was a pioneer who "is remembered as a very good scientist who did important work," said Elizabeth Neufeld, former chairwoman of the Department of Biological Chemistry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The Finks were perhaps best known for a 1948 breakthrough in thyroid biochemistry called the "paper chromatography technique." They used radioactive "tracer" chemicals on small samples of the thyroid and other body tissues, which caused them to essentially photograph themselves — and expose new and previously inconceivable detail. The technique was later adapted to determine if chemotherapy was helping cancer patients. Los Angeles Times Obituary

Maryam Nafissi receives he EMBO Short Term Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Maryam Nafissi, from Reid Johnson's Lab, for receiving the EMBO Short Term Fellowship Award. The Short-Term Fellowships fund research visits of up to three months to laboratories in Europe and elsewhere in the world to facilitate valuable collaborations with research groups applying techniques that are unavailable in the applicant’s laboratory.

Pascal Egea awarded the Scholars in Translational Medicine Research Program Award

Congratulations to Pascal Egea, who was awarded the Scholars in Translational Medicine Research Program Award from the UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center. The award enables a select group of world-class researchers to create and conduct research on stem cells that greatly enhances the potential for a break-through discovery.

Siavash Kurdistani publishes in PLoS Genetics

Siavash Kurdistani publishes "Dynamic Distribution of Linker Histone H1.5 in Cellular Differentiation" in PLoS Genetics.

Utpal Banerjee publishes in Genes & Development

Utpal Banerjee publishes "Control of mitochondrial structure and function by the Yorkie/YAP oncogenic pathway" in Genes & Development.

Utpal Banerjee publishes in G3

Utpal Banerjee publishes "Expression profiling of attenuated mitochondrial function identifies retrograde signals in Drosophila" in G3. Abstract

James Wohlschlegel publishes article in Science

James Wohlschlegel publishes "MMS19 assembles iron-sulfur proteins required for DNA metabolism and genomic integrity" in Science.

Congratulations to Alison Frand!

Congratulations to Alison Frand, who as received the Stem Cell and ECM Dynamics in Development Grant worth $150,000 for her research from the American Cancer Society.

Congratulations to Sanjeet Patel and Vincent Pasque!

Congratulations to Sanjeet Patel and Vincent Pasque, for receiving CIRM TG grant, to Amy Pandaya Jones for receiving the NRSA postdoctoral fellowship, and to Giancarlo Bonora for recieving the Whitcome (MBI) grant. All the grant recipients are from Plath Lab.

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