Current Students


Congratulations to Nadia Khan, who was recently inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. In the spirit of Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, membership in this society is based on students’ exemplary qualities of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy. Nadia will attend the induction ceremony at the Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education in April 2017. See the 2016-2017 Bouchet Scholars page for more information.

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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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.

CMB student Sarah Neuman recently had the chance to interview Francis Collins, the National Institutes of Health Director and former leader of the Human Genome Project, for the blog Genes to Genomes. In the interview, Dr. Collins offers insights on the role of genetics and model organisms in the future of biomedical research and advice to early-career scientists.
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Check out some recent CMB student honors and awards. Congratulations to these students!

Ann Palmenberg, Professor of biochemistry at UW-Madison and CMB faculty member, and her team, which includes CMB student, Holly Basta, have constructed a three-dimensional model of the pathogen that shows why there is no cure yet for the common cold. Palmenberg and her team have published their findings in the journal Virology.  Check out the article here and learn more! 

Congrats to Penny Lam, CMB student in Anna Huttenlocher's lab, who was recently selected as one of ten winning pictures in the 2013 Cool Science Photo Contest at UW-Madison. The selected picture is the neuronal network in the tail fin of a live zebrafish embryo magnified 40 times. Read the full article and see the other winning pictures here

CMB student Brittany Jacobs, lab member in Troy Hornberger's lab, receives honorable mention in the 2012 Cool Science Image Contest. Read more about Brittany's image here.

Michael works on the discovery and characterization of novel pathogens in African non-human primates as well as studies intra-host variability in Hepatitis C virus and Dengue virus.  Michael joined CMB in the fall of 2009 and is originally from Germany.   

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.  

CMB Student, Maria Mikedis (Karen Downs Lab) was selected and recently attended the 61st annual meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany. She was selected from an internal UW competition and then a national selection. Based on her thesis advisor holding an NIH grant, Maria's exciting research topic and high productivity within a short period of time, Maria was selected to represent research.