This annual award was established in 2014 and honors a CMB student who has written and defended an exceptional thesis. Awardees receive $250 as well as a plaque, and their names are added to a plaque that hangs in the Bock Labs Penthouse.
Diya Binoy Joseph, 2018 Awardee
During the course of Diya's studies on prostate development and regeneration in the Vezina Lab, she discovered that mesodermal Wolffian duct cells were able to regenerate bladder epithelium, which had important implications for regenerative medicine.
Sarah Neuman, 2017 Awardee
Sarah carried out her thesis research with Dr. Arash Bashirullah in the School of Pharmacy. She was praised by the CMB Awards Committee for her intellectual fearlessness and outreach, science communication, and mentoring accomplishments.
Jae-Sung You and Joseph Bruckner, 2016 Awardees
Jae-Sung focused on the regulation of skeletal muscle mass by mechanical loading, exercise and limb immobilization, and the role of mTOR activity. Joseph examined Fife, a protein in the active zone cytomatrix of the Drosophila synapse.
Shang Ma, 2015 Awardee
Shang worked in the Huang Lab using 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.
Robert Ihry and Saheed Imam, 2014 Awardees
Robert focused on how steroid hormones affect a variety of developmental processes with exquisite tissue and temporal specificity. Saheed’s research involved modeling a systems- level map of various metabolic and transcriptional processes.