News & Awards

2017:

May: Congratulations to our seniors who have earned their bachelor degree from UW-Madison: – all of them have published peer-reviewed articles before graduation!! 

  • Laurel Kelnhofer (mentored by Yu Gao, graduated Dec 2016)
  • Kathryn Ness (mentored by Meng Li, graduated Dec 2016)
  • Charles Giuliani (mentored by Yu Gao, graduated May 2017)
  • Michael Stockton (mentored by Kevin Yue Li, graduated May 2017)
  • Dianne Maglaque (mentored by Meng Li, graduated May 2017)

April: Dr. Yue (Kevin) Li was selected as one of 10 finalists for the Rapid Fire (90 sec) presentation. He then won the competitive poster award 2nd place at the 12th Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium (https://www.btci.org/stemcell/) ($300 cash).

April: Jessica Miller (UW Biology junior, supervised by Dr. Yue Li) is awarded Hilldale Fellowship for undergraduate research.

April: Jessica Miller, Michael Stockton, Charles Giuliani, Annie Novak, and Sydney Malone presented their research projects (posters) during UW annual Undergraduate Symposia2017: 

2017

December: Dianne Maglaque is awarded Trewartha undergraduate senior thesis award (UW L&S)! for her proposed thesis project on stem cells under supervision of Dr. Meng Li.

September: Yue (Kevin) Li won the competitive poster award: “Gregory Daniels Outstanding Poster Presentation Awards for the Fall Conference” of UW Stem Cell center ($1000 travel award to a scientific conference).

September 2016: Xinyu Zhao becomes the first recipient of the Jenni and Kyle Professorship 

August 2016: Michael Stockton, Jessica Miller, Charles Giuliani, Laurel Kelnhofer, Dianne Maglaque presented their research projects in our lab annual Undergraduate Data Blitz

August 2016: Michael Stockton (UW Biology senior) is awarded the prestigious Waisman Center Intellectual Development and Disability  Research Undergraduate Student Award.

May 2016: Emily Jobe (CMB graduate student) has successfully defended her thesis and received a PhD degree.

April 2016Laurel Kelnhofer, Kelsey Nemec, Jessica Miller, Michael Stockton presented their research projects (posters) during UW annual Undergraduate Symposia

April 2016: Laurel Kelnhofer (UW Biochemistry junior) is awarded Hilldale Fellowship for undergraduate research. Congratulations!

Feb 2016: Dr. Brian Eisinger is awarded a prestigious NIH postdoctoral fellowship (NRSA)! Congratulations!

Jan 2016: Dr. Xinyu Zhao has been chosen to receive the Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator (Kellett) Award!

2015.

Oct 16 2015: Dr. Zhao is co-organizing a Waisman-Allen Institute Neuroscience Symposium (registration is free but limited):  http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/wcallen.htm

Sep 27 2015: Natalie Patzlaff (MCP 4th year) has been selected to be a ASPET 2015 Washington Fellow. This is an extremely competitive national program for students who have demonstrated exceptional potentials for making great impact in both scientific research and science policy. She will travel to Washington DC in the Spring and spend two days at the Capitol Hill. She will also present her own research at the ASPET annual meeting in San Diego in April 2016.

Sep 25 2015: Emily Jobe (MCB 4th year) won the SCRMC fall conference poster award, which came with a travel award for her to attend a future meeting. As a winner, she gave a talk after the keynote speaker Amy Wagers. Her presentation was excellent!

September 2015: Our students presented their research projects in our lab annual Undergraduate Data Blitz  

April 2015: Laurel Kelnhofer, Kelsey Nemec, Joseph Tidei presented their research projects (posters) during UW annual Undergraduate Symposia

April 2015: Kelsey Nemec (UW Biology junior) is awarded Hilldale Fellowship for undergraduate research.

Feb 2015: Dr. Zhao (in collaboration with Dr. A. Bhattacharyya) received a three-year award from the John Merck Fund to develop novel therapeutics for fragile X syndrome. (news: http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/news2015-FragileXGrant.htm )

2014

August 2014: Our students presented their research projects in our lab annual Undergraduate Data Blitz

August 2014: Natalie Patzlaff (graduate student, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology) served as a moderator (with award) for Gordon Research Seminar on Neurodevelopment.

August 2014: Eric Polich (UW Biology senior) received a Waisman Center Outstanding Undergraduate Research award. Eric worked in our lab from August 2011 to May 2014 when he graduated from UW. He has 4 co-authored publications.

April 2014: Ismat Bhuiyan, Daniel Magyar, Laurel Kelnhofer, Eric Polich, Janessa Mladucky presented their research projects (posters) during UW annual Undergraduate Symposia

April 2014: Daniel Magyar was awarded Hilldale Fellowship for undergraduate research.
Dan Magyar

2013

Nov 2013Natalie Patzlaff’ s NIH predoctoral fellowship (NRSA) application received a 1% score!!!

Aug 2013Natalie Patzlaff (graduate student, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology) is awarded a Waisman Center Wayne and Jean Roper Memorial Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Award.

June 2013: Emily Jobe (graduate student, Cellular and Molecular Biology/Molecular Biosciences Training Grant Program class of 2011) and Natalie Patzlaff (graduate student, Molecular Pharmacology Program class of 2011) have passed their preliminary exams for PhD training.

April 2013: Eric Polich (UW Biology junior) is awarded Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship with funding to attend 2013 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA).

April 2013: Eric Polich (Biology junior), Ismat Bhuiyan (Biology sophomore), Dan Magyar (Biochemistry Sophomore) presented their research projects (posters) during UW annual Undergraduate Symposia 

Feb 2013: Weixiang Guo (postdoc) received a postdoctoral travel award to attend Keystone Symposia Neurogenesis meeting (Santa Fe, NM)

2012

Sep 2012: Emily Jobe (graduate student) won one of the two poster awards in SCRMC Fall Research Conference (http://stemcells.wisc.edu/)

Aug 2012: Emily Jobe (graduate student) was awarded a fellowship to attend Stereology Workshop at Chicago taught by Dr. Daniel Peterson (http://www.neurorenew.com/)

June 2012: Our lab renewed our NIH funding for 5 more years

June 2012: Weixiang Guo (postdoc) received travel award to attend Gordon Research Conference on Fragile X syndrome (Easton, MA). He also received a travel award from Friends of the Waisman Center to cover part of the conference cost.

June 2012: Natalie Patzlaff (graduate student) received a travel award for attending Gordon Research Conference on Fragile X syndrome (Easton, MA).

Jan 2012: Wexiang Guo (postdoc) was awarded a competitive postdoctoral fellowship from SCRMC (http://stemcells.wisc.edu/)