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Three-dimensional modeling of the P. falciparum genome during the erythrocytic cycle reveals a strong connection between genome architecture and gene expression
Noble Lab member Ferhat Ay is lead author on paper modeling the dynamic genome architecture of a malarial parasite in Genome Research.

An autonomously replicating sequence for use in a wide range of budding yeasts
Dunham Lab members Ivan Liachko and Maitreya Dunham are authors on paper in FEMS Yeast Research.

GC-Rich DNA Elements Enable Replication Origin Activity in the Methylotrophic Yeast Pichia pastoris
Dunham Lab member Ivan Liachko is lead author on paper in PLOS Genetics, along with GS co-authors Kerry Bubb, Christine Queitsch, Bonny Brewer, M.K. Raghuraman, and Maitreya Dunham.

Rif1 controls DNA replication by directing Protein Phosphatase 1 to reverse Cdc7-mediated phosphorylation of the MCM complex
Brewer-Raghuraman Lab members Gina Alvino, Bonny Brewer, and M.K. Raghuraman are authors on paper in Genes and Development.

A Higher Mutational Burden in Females Supports a "Female Protective Model" in Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Eichler Lab members Sebastien Jacquemont (visiting scientist), Brad Coe (postdoc), Nik Krumm and Michael Duyzend (graduate students) are authors on paper in American Journal of Human Genetics
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Fit-Hi-C: Statistical confidence estimation for Hi-C data reveals regulatory chromatin contacts
Postdoc Ferhat Ay is lead author on paper in Genome Research.

A general framework for estimating the relative pathogenicity of human genetic variants
Postdoc Martin Kircher is lead author on paper in Nature Genetics.

Resurrecting Surviving Neanderthal Lineages from Modern Human Genomes
Grad Benjamin Vernot is lead author on paper in Science.
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The Department of Genome Sciences is excited to welcome Dr. Cole Trapnell as its newest Assistant Professor Faculty member, beginning July 1, 2014. Dr. Trapnell studies stem cells and differentiation, primarily using high throughput transcriptome sequencing.  He comes to UW from a postdoc at John Rinn’s lab at Harvard and before that, earning his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park working with both Steven Salzberg and Lior Pachter.

Introducing the incoming graduate class of 2014:

Clara Amorosi, Harvey Mudd College
Max Dougherty, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Claudia Espinoza, University of New Mexico
Greg Findlay, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Molly Gasperini, University of Washington
Andrew Hill, University of Washington
Emily Killingbeck, University of California, Berkeley
Jason Klein, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
John Lazar, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Serena Liu, Dartmouth College
Heather Machkovech, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Damon May, Yale University, University of Washington
Lindsay Pino, Penn State University
Hannah Pliner, Georgetown University
Brian Searle, Reed College
Aaron Wolf, Oberlin College
Katherine Xue, Harvard University

The University of Washington has been ranked #3 in Genetics / Genomics / Bioinformatics graduate programs by US News and World Report.

Dr. Judit Villen has been awarded the Robert J. Cotter New Investigator Award from the US Human Proteome Organization.

Grads Ethan Ahler (Fowler Lab), Michael Dorrity (Queitsch Lab), and Seungsoo Kim (rotation) have been awarded NSF fellowships as have incoming grads Molly Gasperini and Katherine Xue. Anne Clark, Tim Durham, Kelsey Lynch, and Cecilia Noecker received honorable mention.

Postdoctoral fellow Barbara Taskinen (Fowler Lab) has been awarded a two year fellowship from the Finnish Culture Foundation. She will be working on applying high-throughput sequencing to experimental protein evolution.

GS grad Benjamin Vernot has been awarded the Walter Fitch prize from the Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution.

Andrew Stergachis and Andrew Adey have received the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award for outstanding achievement in graduate studies.

The Herschel and Caryl Roman Undergraduate Science Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to deserving undergraduates at the University of Washington who have an interest in genetics research.

The Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Dr. Herschel Lewis Roman, who joined the UW faculty in 1942 and founded the Department of Genetics (now known as the Department of Genome Sciences) in 1959. By the time of his retirement in 1980, he had received international recognition for his work in chromosomal behavior and genetic recombination. With his passing in 1989, his family and friends proposed this scholarship in his honor.

The $2500 scholarship will be awarded to one or two undergraduates who demonstrate an interest in genetic research. The application deadline is June 1. Please see our application page for more information.














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