Hot Student Papers

Bioinformatics and genomic analysis of transposable elements in eukaryotic genomes

14 Nov 2011 - 3:33pm

Rebecca RookeMatt JanickiThis week’s Hot Student Paper is by Ph.D. student Matt Janicki and recent M.Sc. graduate Rebecca Rooke from Guojun Yang’s lab.

Their article was recently published in Chromosome Research and has been downloaded non-stop since its publication. In this review/perspective paper, they provide critical insight into our understanding of the genetics and evolution of transposable elements, and the genomic and bioinformatics tools now available to study these critically important yet understudied genetic elements.

Cellular effects and epistasis among three determinants of adaptation in experimental populations of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

7 Nov 2011 - 3:36pm

This week’s Hot Student Paper is by former M.Sc. student Lucas Parreiras from the Anderson and Kohn labs.

Lucas’s paper appeared in the October issue of Eukaryotic Cell. In this paper, Lucas meticulously dissects how interactions between genes can play a role in adaptive evolution and speciation.

Lucas is now a Research Specialist at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (Univ. of Wisconsin) where he is utilizing directed evolution, genetics and metabolomics approaches to improve biofuel production of yeast.

Congratulations, Lucas!

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Hot Student Paper Double Feature

31 Oct 2011 - 3:38pm

Michael StaniewskiOskana RusanovaThe Halloween edition of the Hot Student Paper includes TWO papers from the Short Lab. Former M.Sc. student Oskana Rusanova  contributed to both papers.

Accuracy “to the Best of Our Knowledge” in Molecular Visualization

24 Oct 2011 - 3:43pm

This week’s Hot Student Paper is by Bonnie Scott, a graduate student in the Biomedical Communications program. Her paper recently appeared in Journal of Biocommunications. In this paper she discusses the challenges and advances that artists and scientists alike face in illustrating molecular structures and processes.
Congratulations on this exciting paper and accomplishment, Bonnie!

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An unprecedented role reversal: ground beetle larvae lure amphibians and prey upon them

17 Oct 2011 - 3:44pm

This week’s Hot Student Paper is so “hot” that the popular media scooped the HSP Editorial board.

New PhD student Gil Wizen of the Gwynne lab recently published this paper in PLoS One. It describes an amazing role reversal, where would-be prey (beetle larva) become the predator of larval and adult frogs.

Popular media reporting of this exciting research are available at: