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New Award

Congratulations to Dr. Dorothy Lerit for her new 3-year American Cancer Society research scholar grant titled, “The generation of functional asymmetries in neural stem cells”. This grant will allow the Lerit lab to expand their studies of the post- transcriptional regulation of centrosome genes in exciting new directions to investigate how the centrosomes within neural stem cells regulate asymmetric cell division, the deregulation of which is associated with neurodegeneration or tumorigenesis. The work is of relevance to glioblastoma, the most frequent and deadly form of brain tumor, which in some cases arises due to the uncontrolled proliferation of neural stem cells.

Dorothy Lerit ACS award 2023

New Publication in eLife

rowan lab elife pub

New Publication in eNeuro

Congratulations to the Bassell lab for their publication in eNeuro titled, ”Altered behavioral responses show GABA sensitivity in Muscleblind-like 2 deficient mice: Implications for CNS symptoms in myotonic dystrophy.” The lead author of the paper is Kamyra Edokpolor, PhD (left), second author Anwesha Banerjee, PhD (former Postdoc in the Bassell Lab), along with researchers at Columbia and the University of Florida. 

Their work was also highlighted in the Emory News Center.

Bassell Lab eNeuro publication - first author - Kamyra Edokpolor

New Award

Dr. Nisha Raj, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Bassell Lab, received the 2022 NARSAD Junior Investigator Award from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is the largest non-government, donor-supported organization that distributes funds for psychiatric brain and behavior disorder research. The Foundation’s NARSAD Young Investigator Grant (YI) program offers up to two years of funding to enable promising investigators to either extend their research fellowship training or to begin careers as independent research faculty. 

Raj BBRF award

Fall 2022: Dr. Dorothy Lerit is the recipient of the Günter Blobel Early Career Award from the American Society for Cell Biology. This award is given to an outstanding life scientist who has served as an independent investigator for no more than seven.


Summer 2022: Congratulations to the Jie Jiang lab and colleagues on this exciting work on a kinesin mutation in ALS, published last week in EMBO Reports.

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