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29th Annual Genetics Day

This year's Genetics Day provided another opportunity to celebrate the impact of Genetics on science and medicine. The program consisted of four short talks by U of R scientists, a poster session and the Keynote event, the Fred Sherman Lecture, delivered this year by Dr. David Sabatini from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT. Dr. Sabatini talked about “Growth Regulation by the mTOR Pathway”.

This year’s Genetics Day Poster Session included posters from research laboratories across the University. Three graduate students and one post-doctoral associate were awarded poster prizes:

Graduate Student Poster Prize Winners
Andrew Allbee – Biteau LabPoster Winner
dLMX1A is Required for Drosophila Ovary Stem Cell-Niche Unit Establishment

Amber Cutter – Hayes Lab
Molecular Characterization of Nucleosome Recognition by Linker Histone H1.0

Browyn Lucas – Maquat Lab
Evidence for Convergent Evolution of Sines for Staufen-Mediated Control of MRNA Decay

Post Doc Poster Prize Winner
Janet Lighthouse – Small Lab
Expression Profiling Reveals the Cardioprotective Role of Metallothioneins in Exercise

Genetics Day has been a long-standing tradition at the University of Rochester and more recently includes the Fred Sherman lecture in memory of Fred Sherman a renowned biochemist and geneticist, who led international efforts to establish the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as the premier genetic eukaryotic model system.  The lecture is made possible by a generous fund endowed by Fred Sherman's wife, Elena Rustchenko-Bulgac, herself a research professor at the URMC.