Congratulations to Panagiota Louka for recently being awarded with an American Heart Association fellowship. Panagiota is a student in Dr. Jacek Gaertig's laboratory, and this AHA fellowship is to fund her research on the identification and characterization of ciliary tip proteins. The ciliary tip is the site where cilia assemble, disassemble and perform sensory functions. Defects in any of these functions can cause developmental disorders, including cardiac diseases. This grant will fully fund Panagiota for 2 years of her PhD studies.

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.