GMB Fall 2015 Retreat
Photo from GMB Fall 2015 Retreat

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Bill Kelly, GMB Program Director and Professor of Biology, was the Co-Chair of the 2015 Epigenetics Gordon Research Conference, which is recognized as one of the most prestigious and longest running international conferences focused on epigenetics research.

Dr. Andreas Fritz joined the MilliPub Club in 2015.  The MilliPub Club honors and recognizes current Emory faculty who have published one or more individual papers throughout their careers that have each garnered more than 1000 citations. Such a paper is commonly considered a “citation classic” and represents high impact scholarship.  Dr. Fritz was honored for his work as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oregon on Hox cluster evolution in vertebrates, which was published in Science:

Dr. Alicia Smith, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, recently returned from the Australia Epigenetics 2015 Conference, where she was an invited speaker and panelist of a career symposium.  Additionally, she has two new R01’s that started this year, one of which is an international consortium grant and the other which is an MPI application with Dr. Karen Conneely, another GMB member.  Next year, she will be a member of the program committee for the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP).

Dr. Steve Warren, Chair of the Department of Human Genetics and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was also formally appointed as an Honorary Professor at Zhejiang University School of Medicine in China.

Dr. Mike Zwick, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Genetics and Department of Pediatrics, and also Core Director of the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute Translational Technologies Program, was recently named Assistant Vice President for Research in the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and Assistant Dean of Research in the Emory University School of Medicine.

Student Spotlight

Michael Christopher was awarded first place best talk at this past year's DSAC symposium. He also was elected as Chair of the Epigenetics Gordon Research Seminar for 2017.  The GRS is the equivalent of a Gordon Conference but for students and postdocs.

Alex Kotlar, who is jointly mentored by Drs. Mike Zwick and Dave Cutler, recently had a beautiful review published in the European Journal of Medical Genetics. Kristie Mercer, jointly mentored by Drs. Jennifer Mulle and Kerry Ressler, is second author on this paper.

Annie McPherson, who is jointly mentored by Drs. Anita Corbett and Paul Doetsch, was awarded an F31 pre-doctoral NRSA Submission from NIGMS. Brittany Phillips, who is jointly mentored by Drs. Grace Pavlath and Anita Corbett, received an outstanding 8%ile score on her NRSA proposal that was submitted to NIAMS. Please congratulate both Annie and Brittany on their hard work. We are delighted to have so many students compete successfully for their own independent funding.

Chris Rounds, who is jointly mentored by Drs. Ken Moberg and Anita Corbett, received an outstanding score on his F31 pre-doctoral NRSA Submission. He received an Impact Score of 10 with a 2%ile. From Anita Corbett: "For those who are paying attention, they will realize that Chris has reached the pinnacle of his academic career as the Impact Score of 10 is perfect so he can only go down from here. Please congratulate him on his hard work!"

Alev Ozdemir, a student in Katharine Rudd’s lab, received a basic science travel award from the European Society of Endocrinology.  Additionally, her abstract, “GNB3 overexpression causes obesity and metabolic syndrome,” was chosen as an Oral Communication presentation at the European Congress of Endocrinology meeting taking place in Munich, Germany in May 2016.  Congratulations, Alev!