GGA Networking and Ideation Event
The GGA will host a Networking/Ideation Event from 2:00 – 6:00 PM on October 28th at the McKimmon Center (free parking). This event is open to all faculty, postdocs, and graduate students
Here is the general agenda that will be further populated in the next two weeks. Proposals for collaborative seed grants will be due on December 1st. More details about the proposal format and review criteria will be coming soon. Please remember that if you send us a pdf of a poster or just the text for a poster by October 14th, we will print out the poster for you.
This form provides general guidance on poster content. We are expecting one poster per lab, but if your lab has more than one type of research going on, then multiple posters are fine. Also, postdocs who have, or are considering, independent projects can have their own posters.
If you have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We see this as a real opportunity for graduate students to learn about our faculty’s broad research expertise, to get feedback on their own research, and for some, their choice of an advisor or committee member. We are inviting representatives from other local universities to join us to learn about the diversity of our research programs.
Genes & Society: Decolonizing Human Genetic Research Workshop Series
While the events over the last several years in the United States have placed an important focus on issues of race, diversity, and systemic inequalities; these issues are long-standing and embedded within institutions, academic disciplines, and the broader scientific community. In response to the most recent examples of these inequalities, NC State has stated that “Diversity is critical to NC State’s mission” and that “New perspectives deepen our understanding, strengthen our community and propel our innovation”.Building upon NC State’s mission statement and past successful race and science events, NC State’s Being an Ally in Academics (BAA) group has collaborated with Genetics and Genomics Academy, the Genetics and Engineering in Society Center (GES), and TriCEM to organize a new two-day workshop series titled, “Genes and Society: Decolonizing Human Genetic Research”.The goal of this series is to explore the current and historical intersections of racism, systemic inequalities, and human genetic research with an emphasis on inviting diverse and historically underrepresented groups as seminar speakers.
Dr. Krystal Tsosie, Native BioData Consortium and Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Arizona State University
The BAA is pleased to host Dr. Kystal Tsosie (Diné) for the Fall 2022 Workshop Series. Dr. Tsosie is one of the co-founders of the Native BioData Consortium (NBDC), a nonprofit research institute led by Indigenous scientists and Tribal members in the United States with the goal of ensuring that advances in genetics and human health research benefits all Indigenous people. She has a Masters in Bioethics from Arizona State University, a Master’s of Public Health and PhD in Genomics and Health Disparities from Vanderbilt University.
Schedule of Events:
- November 7th: GGA Seminar 5 – 6:30 PM
- David Clark Labs Room 101
- light refreshments served 5:00-5:30
- This event will be held In-Person and Livestreamed on Youtube
- November 8th: GES Seminar 12 – 1 PM
- Poe Hall Room 202
- This event will be held In-Person and on Zoom
To Be Announced
GGA Summer 2022 Teamwork Mini-Grants
The NC State’s Genetics and Genomics Academy (GGA) is inviting undergraduate students interested in or currently involved in Genetics & Genomics-related research to apply for GGA Summer Teamwork Mini-Grants together with their prospective or actual mentors who are current NC State graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or research scholars.
GGA will provide one-time awards of up to $3000 to help support the needs of collaborative research projects lead by undergraduates working in GGA-affiliated laboratories on campus under the direct supervision of NC State postdoctoral fellows or graduate students. Each team of two applying for this competitive award can request up to $1000 in supplies, equipment or software needed for the project, in addition to a $1000 stipend for the student and $1000 for their mentor. Up to 10 mini-grants will be awarded in 2022.
To apply, students and their trainers should complete this Google form, submit a one-page description of their proposed research to be conducted in the summer of 2022 outlining the respective roles of both team members, and a short budget listing the specific needs of the project. A letter of support from a faculty research mentor should be included in the form as an attachment. The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2022, with the results announced by April 1, 2022. The mini-grants can be received by undergraduates and their trainers on top of other forms of support (federal work-study, Provost’s professional experience program, REU, private scholarships, fellowships, grant funding, etc.). However, students and mentors are eligible for only one GGA award per year.
GGA Mini-Grants for 2022 have been awarded! Below are the award recipients:
Skylar Ashforth, Junior (Mentor: Sydney Harned)
Lindsey Wilson, Junior (Mentor: Elizabeth Moore)
Caroline Batten, Junior (Mentor: Chengsong Zhao)
Alex Marchi, Sophomore (Mentor: Matthew Neubauer)
Abhishek Singh, Sophomore (Mentor: Caroline McKinney-Aguirre)
Jennifer O'neil, Junior (Mentor: Chris Estridge)
Paulina Bonilla, Senior (Mentor: Dr. Nathan Maren)
Andi Barker, Senior (Mentor: Kara Carlson)
Amanda Merkel, Sophomore (Mentor: Hao Chen)
Jonathan Zirkel, Junior (Mentor: Grant Billings)
Rachael Bieler, Sophomore (Mentor: Dana Hodorovich)
Alayna Moore, Junior (Mentor: Aldo Carmona Baez)
Hannah Pil, Sophomore (Mentor: Nirwan Tandukar)
GGA Graduate Student and Postdoc Travel Awards (Spring/Summer 2022)
The NC State’s Genetics and Genomics Academy (GGA) is pleased to announce the availability of travel funds to support NC State graduate students and postdoctoral fellows traveling to conferences, workshops, or collaborator institutions. GGA will provide a one-time reimbursement for up to $1000 to help defray the cost of attending conferences and other professional activities in the area of Genetics & Genomics to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research scholars being trained in GGA-affiliated labs. The cost of transportation, housing and conference registration fees are considered eligible travel expenses.
To apply, students and postdocs should complete this Google form, submit a short description of their travel plans (that will take place in the spring, summer and/or fall of 2022) and a justification of how this conference will benefit their career development and relates to the fields of Genetics and Genomics. Apply starting on January 15, 2021. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis for as long as funds are available. Trainees receiving travels funds are asked to acknowledge the GGA in their presentations.
GGA Travel Funds for 2022 have been awarded! Below are the award recipients:
Modesta Abugu, Doctoral Student
Phillip Brown, Doctoral Student
Kara Carlson, Doctoral Student
Carly Catella, Doctoral Student
Leandra Caywood, Doctoral Student
Hao Chen, Postdoc
Nicole Choquette, Doctoral Student
R. Chris Estridge, Doctoral Student
Mario Fenech Torres, Postdoc
Kevin Lin, Doctoral Student
Morgan Maly, Doctoral Student
Marlonni Maurastoni Araujo, Postdoc
Megan Elizabeth Moore, Postdoc
Luis Rivera Burgos, Postdoc
Margot Ruffieux, Doctoral Student
Enrique Schwarzkopf Kratzer, Postdoc
Mark Simmers, Doctoral Student
Chie Tamamoto-Mochizuki, Postdoc
Preethi Thunga, Doctoral Student
Joseph Tolsma, Doctoral Student
Beatriz Tome Gouveia, Postdoc
Andrea Vu, Postdoc
Alison Waldman, Doctoral Student
Katherine Willman, Postdoc
Summer 2021 Contests
The Genetics and Genomics Initiative (GGI) at NC State University invited current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to participate in two summer contests aimed at illuminating the breadth of research taking place in GGI-affiliated labs at NC State. The winners of these competitions were announced during the GGI 4th Annual Retreat and awarded cash prizes from our corporate sponsors.
1st Place Winner: Anna Yaschenko
Graduate Student | Stepanova Lab
Talk Title: Leveraging synthetic promoters to control gene expression
2nd Place Winner: Marco Hamins-Puertolas
Graduate Student | Rasmussen Lab
Talk Title: Inferring multiscale selection pressures from pathogen phylogenies using a Continuous Type Birth-Death Model
(Tie) 3rd Place Winner: Jessica Martinez-Baird
Graduate Student | Laplante Lab
Talk Title: Working together to Divide: Understanding the Roles of Lesser Known Myosin proteins in Cytokinesis
(Tie) 3rd Place Winner: Megan Dillon
Graduate Student | Breen & Burford Reiskind Labs
Talk Title: The Dogs of Chernobyl: How long-term exposure to nuclear radiation has influenced the genome of a population of dogs
(Tie) 3rd Place Winner: Adam Greer
Graduate Student | Gaddameedhi Lab
Talk Title: The Enigma of Sex Differences in Melanoma Skin Cancer
Winner: Alison Waldman
Graduate Student | Keung & Rao Labs
Paper Title: Mapping the residue specificities of epigenome enzymes by yeast surface display
Read Alison's paper here.
Honorable Mention: Jessica Lee
Graduate Student | Keung Lab
Paper Title: Mapping the dynamic transfer functions of eukaryotic gene regulation
Honorable Mention: Eddie Lauer
Graduate Student | Isik Lab
Paper Title: Major QTL confer race-nonspecific resistance in the co-evolved Cronartium quercuum f. sp. fusiforme-Pinus taeda pathosystem
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Baltzegar
Postdoctoral Scholar | Gould Lab
Paper Title: Rapid evolution of knockdown resistance haplotypes in response to pyrethroid selection in Aedes aegypti
Summer 2020 Contests
The Genetics and Genomics Initiative (GGI) at NC State University invited current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to participate in two summer contests aimed at illuminating the breadth of research taking place in GGI-affiliated labs at NC State. The winners of these competitions are shown below and were awarded cash prizes from our corporate sponsors.
Present a 3-min Zoom flash talk about your genetics/genomics-related research at the GGI seminar series on August 17, 2020. This opportunity will enable you to hone your presentation skills and publicize your work in the GGI community. If you would like to participate, submit your name, the name of your PI, your proposed talk title, and a brief abstract (150-200 words) no later than July 15, 2020. Apply by filling out the Google form.
You will be notified by July 22, 2020 if your topic was selected for the 3-min presentation. Up to 10 student/postdoc speakers will be invited to present via Zoom on August 17 to jump-start the 2020-2021 GGI seminar series. The best talk will be selected by a panel of judges and the contest winner will be announced at the GGI retreat on August 29, 2020.
1st Place Winner: Khushi Goda
Graduate Student | Isik Lab
Talk Title: A multi-functional software for optimizing mating while minimizing inbreeding in monoecious species
2nd Place Winner: Echo Pan
Graduate Student | Barrangou Lab
Talk Title: Engineering Lactobacillus acidophilus for mucosal vaccine delivery
3rd Place Winner: Erin Peterson
Graduate Student | Roberts Lab
Talk Title: First confirmation of a 0W/00 sex determination system and its disruption in interspecies hybrids
If your group has recently published an exciting research article (publication date of 2019-2020) in a peer-reviewed journal and the study includes genetics and/or genomics content, consider nominating the first author of your publication for the “GGI Paper of the Year” contest. Encourage the leading student/postdoc author to enter the competition by having them submit a brief explanation (150-200 words) of what their contribution to the study was and why they believe their paper is especially impactful, along with a pdf of the article, by July 15, 2020. Apply by filling out the Google form.
Self-nominations from students and postdocs are welcome! All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The winner of the contest will be announced on August, 17 2020 at the first GGI seminar of the 2020-2021 seminar season and invited to present a 10-min Zoom talk about the findings of the paper at the GGI retreat on August 29, 2020.
We hope you will consider participating in both of these contests and we are looking forward to getting student and postdoc submissions from all GGI-affiliated labs.
Winner: Michael McLaren
Postdoc | Callahan Lab
Paper Title: Consistent and correctable bias in metagenomic sequencing experiments
Read Michael's paper here.