The prospect of regenerating bone lost to cancer or trauma is a step closer to the clinic as University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have identified two proteins found in bone marrow as key regulators of the master cells responsible for making new bone.
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Recent CMB alumna Asuka Eguchi led the study to reprogram cells from one type to another in a more efficient and less biased manner than previous methods. The full article can be found on the UW-Madison Department of Biochemistry website as well as an original press release on the UW-Madison News site.

CMB students gathered again this November at the Heidel House in Green Lake, WI for the annual student retreat. Congratulations to the winner for Best Talk (Adam Bayless, Bent Lab) and Best Poster (Drew Doering, Hittinger Lab). Pictured here are the winners of the coveted Golden Pipette. In addition to the usual activities, this year three CMB alumni joined the retreat to talk about their career paths.

Assistant Professor of Biology Jason Kuehner (PhD 2008) recently traveled to Beijing, China to attend the International Beijing Science Festival. As a graduate student in the CMB Program, Kuehner researched the mechanism and regulation of eukaryotic gene expression under the direction of Dr. David Brow.
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Congratulations to Shang Ma, who won the 2015 Exceptional Thesis Award. Shang’s work in the Huang Lab involved the use of mouse models to study brain development. He is now working as a post-doc with Dr. Ardem Patapoutian, an HHMI Investigator at the Scripps Research Institute, where he is studying mechanotransduction.
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Congratulations to Ahna Skop, who has been honored with the 2016 UW Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Skop received her PhD from the CMB Program in 2000 and is currently an associate professor of genetics and a CMB faculty trainer. Dr. Skop has been a leader in advocating for student diversity and inclusiveness at UW-Madison for more than a decade. 
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Congratulations to Robert Ihry and Saheed Imam, who have both won the inaugural CMB Exceptional Thesis Award! This annual award honors CMB graduate students who have written and defended outstanding theses. As part of the award, Ihry and Imam will each receive $250 and a plaque, and their names will be added to a plaque that will be housed in Bock Laboratories.
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CMB faculty trainer and alumni, Grace Boekhoff-Falk is featured for her work on fruit flies and how they detect the sense of smell.  The full article can be found on the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health website.

Chris Pfund is currently the Associate Director for the UW-Madison DELTA Program, which promotes the development of a future national faculty in the natural and social sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Chris continues to share her talents with the CMB Program through professional development workshops for faculty mentor training and first year grad students.   

A number of CMB graduates from various decades are now faculty members at UW-Madison and participate as faculty trainers in the CMB Program.  These faculty trainers all have a very unique perspective on how the CMB Program has changed and grown since they were graduate students.  We appreciate all of their contributions to the CMB Program from back in their graduate student years and now as faculty and alumni! 

The CMB Program at UW-Madison is highly visible in the latest NRC survey data collected in 2006 and just recently released in 2010.  CMB comes in second (in a three way tie with Johns Hopkins and MIT) with a ranking in the range of 2-6 for large graduate programs in cell and developmental biology according to  To view the specific rankings and results, check out the website for more information.