Hot Student Papers

Contrasting community versus population-based estimates of grazing and virus-induced mortality of phytoplankton

27 Feb 2012 - 2:32pm

Michael StaniewskiOne of the most exciting moments in the Hot Student Paper forum is having the opportunity recognize and celebrate the beginning of a graduate students’ career through the publication of their first lead-author paper. This week we mark one such beginning through the work of current Ph.D. student Michael Staniewski from the Short lab.

Drosophila melanogaster females change mating behavior and offspring production based on social context

15 Feb 2012 - 2:34pm

Reza AzanchiSamyukta JagadeeshJean-Christophe BilleterThe Hot Student Paper forum is using the day after Valentine’s Day to recognize the consequences of love … in the fly world. This week we recognize a collaboration by former members of the Levine lab.

The cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor roscovitine inhibits kinase activity, cell proliferation, multicellular development, and Cdk5 nuclear translocation in Dicytyostelium discoideium

6 Feb 2012 - 2:57pm

Robert HuberFor a second week in a row we recognize the work of Ph.D. student Robert Huber from the O’Day lab.

Robert's paper was recently published in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. In this paper, Robert confirms the role of Cdk5 in cell proliferation, and determines that the nuclear translocation of Cdk5 is likely the primary target of the drug. This work also gives clues to how roscovitine might affect other organisms.

Amazing productivity, Robert! Keep it up!

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EGF-like peptide of Dictyostelium discoideum is not a chemoattractant but it does restore folate-mediated chemotaxis in the presence of signal transduction inhibitors

30 Jan 2012 - 2:59pm

Robert HuberThe Hot Student Paper forum closes out January by recognizing the work of former BIO 481 student Ina Nikolaeva and current Ph.D. student Robert Huber from the O’Day lab.

Their paper was recently accepted to Peptides. This work uncovered the possible existence of a novel motility pathway controlling Dictyostelium behavior. Since doing this work Ina has started a Ph.D. at Rutgers University and Robert is finishing his Ph.D.

Congratulations on this exciting discovery!

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The last ‘pelycosaur’: a varanopid synapsis from the Pristerognathus Assemblage Zone, Middle Permian of South Africa

23 Jan 2012 - 3:00pm

Nicolás CampioneThis week we are recognizing a second paper from the M.Sc. thesis of Nicolás Campione, a former Biology student co-supervised by Prof. Robert Reisz.

Nicolás' co-authored paper was recently published in Naturwissenschaften. This paper describes new varanopids, which were small carnivores with a cosmopolitan distribution and wickedly sharp teeth. Their research describes the youngest known varanopid from the Southern Hemisphere and the youngest pelycosaur ever described.

Congratulations on this exciting discovery!

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