Welcome to the Class of 2015-16, our 8th 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 once you are all here, view photos of your classmates.
Click here to download a PDF with photos of the members of BBSP Class of 2015-16.
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. Log in using firstname.lastname@example.org (where onyen = your specific onyen given to you by UNC) and your onyen password to access this site.
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.
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: NRB 3118
Alisa Wolberg: Bondurant 2030
Ben Major: GMB 1007
RCR/Ethics 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 2015-16 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.
|Ethics 1||Mentorship + Team Science||Aug 24 & 26|
|Ethics 2||Authorship + Peer Review + Social Bias||Nov 16 & 18|
|Ethics 3||Conflict of Interest + Intellectual Property||Nov 30 & Dec 2|
|Ethics 4||Misconduct + Whistleblowing + Plagiarism||Dec 14 & 16|
|Ethics 5||Animal Research||Jan 4 & 6|
|Ethics 6||Human Biospecimen Research||Feb 22 & 24|
|Ethics 7||Science Policy + Look Back||Mar 14 & 16|
Pre-class readings and writing assignments for each Ethics Session are posted on the BBSP student SharePoint site on the Ethics page. In addition to attendance at the session, completion of the pre-class assignment is required to receive credit for a session. Submission of the written assignments are due the day before the class meets. If you do not have access to view the readings please contact Anna O’Connell at email@example.com for assistance.
Rotation Choice forms can be downloaded here. (log in with firstname.lastname@example.org)
Faculty interested in posting a rotation ad on the BBSP student site, please visit the Rotation Opportunities Board. (log in with email@example.com)
Fall: Monday Aug 24-Friday Nov 6 (ok to start before Aug 24)
Rotation choice form due August 21
Poster session on Fall rotation: Nov 23-25
Winter: Monday Nov 9-Friday Feb 5
Rotation choice form due Oct 16
Written Report on Winter rotation due: Feb 27
NOTE: Two BBSP breaks during this rotation.
Nov 26-27; Dec 23-Jan 1
These are suggested holidays and represent the total amount of time BBSP expects students will take out of the winter rotation. Exact dates can be negotiated between student and PI.
Spring: Monday Feb 8-Friday Apr 22
Rotation choice form due: Jan 15 (*summer rotation students see below)
End of Year Talk on Spring Rotation: May 16-May 27
Thesis Lab Choice Forms Due: Apr 18-Apr 22
*summer rotation students joining early: due Jan 15
Thesis Lab forms can be downloaded from the Forms section of the BBSP student resources site
First Day in Thesis Lab: April 25
*summer rotation students joining early: Feb 8, 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