Department News and Events
Budnik receives prestigious MERIT award from NIH
Guaranteed long-term funding allows for ‘more incisive and risky approaches’
Vivian Budnik, PhD, has received a Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) award from the National Institute of Mental Health for her grant The wingless transduction pathway in synapse development. MERIT awards are given to a very small number of researchers who “have demonstrated superior competence and productivity during their previous endeavors and who are likely to continue to perform in an outstanding manner in the future,” according to NIH.
Read the whole story: http://www.umassmed.edu/news/news-archives/2014/03/Budnik-receives-prestigious-MERIT-award-from-NIH/
Report on monarch butterfly dropoff cites work by Reppert at UMMS
January 31, 2014
In an interview on WBUR radio in Boston, Chip Taylor, founder of Monarch Watch -- a website devoted to tracking the declines in monarch butterfly populations -- cited the work of Steven M. Reppert, chair and professor of neurobiology, as the scientific basis for understanding how monarchs travel and how that ties into recent declines.. For more than a decade, Dr. Reppert's lab has used anatomical, cellular, molecular, electrophysiological, genetic and behavioral approaches to more fully understand the biological basis of monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) migration, with a focus on the butterfly's navigational abilities and its distinctive circadian clock.
Read the whole story: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/01/31/monarch-butterfly-population
Budnik gets EUREKA grant to study communication between nucleus and cytoplasm
High-risk, high-impact research may lead to new understanding of tissue dystrophies and aging disorders
By Jim Fessenden, UMass Medical School Communications - October 03, 2013
Read the whole story: http://www.umassmed.edu/news/news-archives/2013/10/budnik-gets-eureka-grant/
Marc R. Freeman, PhD, named Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator
Neurobiologist joins five other HHMI investigators at UMMS
Read the whole story: http://www.umassmed.edu/news/news-archives/2013/05/marc-freeman-named-hhmi-investigator/