Welcome to the Class of 2017-18, our 10th cohort of BBSP students! Most information you will need to navigate the first year can be found on the BBSP Student Resources site (see below). Here you can find some handy quick links to campus resources (see right hand section of this page) and photos of your classmates (downloads or opens a PDF file).
For links to important forms, access to student discussion forums, rotation postings and other important information related to your first year, please visit the BBSP Student Resources Site. (requires onyen login)
Novice Guide to Graduate School [pdf] This guide was developed by the graduate student members of the Professional Development Committee for the UNC Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD). It includes a PhD Glossary of commonly used terms and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. The guide was written by someone who knows very little about science culture and graduate school so that you can also share with your family and friends.
: check out our video featuring some of our current students describing what life at UNC is like. This video is another great resource to share with your friends and family if they are trying to learn what your life at UNC is really like.
As a BBSP student you will be assigned to a First Year Group (FYG). The FYG is a small, mixed interest groups of students and faculty which serves as your academic and advising home until you matriculate into a PhD program in May.
Lisa Tarantino: GMB 1007
Ben Major: Bondurant G074
Donita Robinson: MacNider 021
RCR training for first year graduate students is held within the FYG class setting. If you are not currently participating in the BBSP FYG class and need to make up one specific session you missed in the past, note that for 2017-18 the order of the sessions has been rearranged somewhat compared to past years so do not go by the session number but instead choose the relevant topic from below.
|1. Mentor+ Mentee responsibilities:||TBA||TBA|
|2. Authorship + Plagiarism:||TBA||TBA|
|3. Peer Review:||TBA||TBA|
|4. Misconduct + Whistleblowing:||TBA||TBA|
|Room TBA||Room TBA|
|5. Conflict of Interest:||TBA||TBA|
|6. Rigor & Reproducibility:||TBA||TBA|
|7.Animal & Human Subjects:||TBA||TBA|
Pre-class readings for each RCR session will be posted in advance on the BBSP Student Site. Reading the materials in advance, attendance, and full participation in the discussion are required to receive credit for a session. If you do not have access to view the readings please contact Anna O’Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Rotation Choice forms can be downloaded here (prompts PDF file download).
Faculty interested in posting a rotation ad on the BBSP student site, please visit the Rotation Opportunities Board. (log in with onyen)
Fall: Monday Aug 28-Friday Nov 3 (Okay to start before Aug 29)
Rotation choice form due Friday August 25
Winter: Monday Nov 6-Friday Feb 9
Rotation choice form due Friday Oct 16
NOTE: Two BBSP Breaks scheduled during this rotation: Nov 22-24; Dec 22-Jan 2. These are suggested holidays and represent the total amount of time BBSP extended the winter rotation to account for typical vacation/holiday requests. Total time out of lab and exact dates can be negotiated between student and PI.
Spring: Monday Feb 12-Friday Apr 27
Rotation choice form due: Friday Jan 26
(note: this deadline is extended to Feb 2 if choosing thesis lab early)
Thesis Lab Choice Forms Due: Friday Apr 27
*summer rotation students joining early: due Feb 2
First Day in Thesis Lab: Monday April 30
*summer rotation students joining early: Feb 20, start of Spring rotation
Peter Thompson and colleagues (Campbell lab, Biochemistry & Biophysics) published a study using a combination of structural biology, computational modeling, electron microscoy and cell biology to explore mechanisms of cell movement.
Marty Whittle (Johnson lab, Pharmacology) co-developed a novel proteomic strategy that revealed how cancer cells adapt to protein kinase inhibitors. (Duncan, Whittle, et al. Cell 2012).
Jeremy Simon (Davis lab, Bioinformatics &Computational Biology) linked mutations in genes that affect chromatin modifying enzymes to altered DNA accessibility and widespread alterations of mRNA processing in kidney cancer (Simon et al., Genome Research 2013).
Angela Mitchell (Samulski lab, Microbiology & Immunology) developed an improved method for generating adeno-associated viral vectors to be used in gene therapy efforts (Mitchell and Samulski, J. Virology 2013) while simultaneously teaching bacterial genetics.
Brigid Hast (Major lab, Cell & Developmental Biology) analyzed a protein interaction network to uncover a link to perturbed signaling regulation in lung cancer (Hast et al., Cancer Research 2013).
Kathryn Kohl (Sekelsky lab, Genetics & Molecular Biology) identified a novel mechanism that promotes meiotic chromosome crossovers. (Kohl et al., Science 2012).
Marta Charpentier (Conlon lab, Genetics & Molecular Biology) discovered how a specific transcription factor controls blood vessel development (Charpentier et al., Developmental Cell 2013).
Maria Aleman (Wolberg lab, Molecular & Cellular Pathology) co-chaired a session and presented her work at the 2013 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis conference in Amsterdam.
Rachel Baker (Campbell & Dohlman labs, Biochemistry & Biophysics) discovered the structural basis of ras oncoprotein activation by a particular covalent post-translational modification (Baker et al., Nature Structural & Molecular Biology 2013).
Corey Cusack (Deshmukh lab, Neurobiology), identified two independent molecular pathways that control axon pruning vs neural apoptosis (Cusack et al. Nature Communications 2013).
Josh Jennings (Stuber lab, Neurobiology) discovered a brain circuit that bidirectionally controls reward and anxiety. (Jennings et al., Nature 2013).
Alice Stamatakis (Stuber lab, Neurobiology) used optogenetics to identify a neural circuit transmitting reward and aversive-related information to dopamine neurons. Stamatakis & Stuber, Nature Neuroscience, 2012