Congratulations to Snehal Chaudhari, in Dr. Edward Kipreos’s laboratory, for winning the 2015 Mary Erlanger Graduate Fellowship. This fellowship awards exceptional graduate research in areas related to aspects of aging. Snehal has identified a novel pathway to regulate mitochondrial fusion and demonstrated that fusion is required for longevity.

Oocysts of Cryptosporidium parvum

Dr. Boris Striepen is featured in an NPR segment discussing his progress in the fight against a parasite that is a major cause of diarrheal disease in the developing world. It is contracted by drinking contaminated water. In the developing world, "small children can develop chronic diarrhea and die from the disease," says Striepen.

Finding new cures and a vaccine for the parasite, Cryptosporidium parvum, has been hampered because scientists have not been able to grow it in a laboratory. There is also a lack of genetic tools.

The winner of the 2015 Annual Graduate Program Research Photo Contest is Snehal Chaudhari with this photograph of a human U2OS cell in a human bone osteosarcoma cell line.