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Genetics and Genomics Graduate Students - Iowa State University Awards

Diane Brandt Scholarship

NameDegreeAward Year
Tessa BierbaumDoctoralFall 2023
Karlene NegusDoctoralFall 2021
Abbigail McCuneDoctoralFall 2019


Brown Graduate Fellowship Program

NameDegreeAward YearNominator
David HallDoctoral2023 - 2024Ryan Smith
Brian ZebosiDoctoral2022 - 2023Erik Vollbrecht
Alyssa HohmanDoctoral2021 - 2022Elizabeth McNeill
Laura Tibbs-CortesDoctoral2021 - 2021Jianming Yu
Pulkit KanodiaDoctoral2019 - 2020Allen Miller


F. Wendell Miller Scholarship Award

NameDegreeAward Years
Fazhir KayondoDoctoralFY2022 - FY2024
Bimala AcharyaDoctoralFY2022 - FY2025
Christopher ZdyrskiDoctoralFY2021 - FY2023
Merritt PolomskyDoctoralFY2019 - FY2021
Tori RudolphDoctoralFY2019 - FY2021
Kai ChangDoctoralFY2017 - FY2019


FUNG Travel Award

NameDegreeConferenceDatesLocationPresentation Title
Thea GesslerDoctoralEvolution 20226/24/2022 - 6/28/2022Cleveland, OHDoes sex determination architecture differ between a turtle with sex chromosomes and a turtle without them? A network modeling approach
Basanta BistaDoctoralEvolution 20226/24/2022 - 6/28/2022Cleveland, OH 
Swathy KrishnaDoctoralNew Directions in Muscle Biology and Disease6/20/2022 - 6/23/2022Ft. Lauderdale, FLPhosphoproteomics and reconstructed kinase signaling networks reveal unique consequences of diet-induced insulin resistance in dystrophic muscles
Jaspreet RishiDoctoralEnvironmental Endocrine Disruptors Gordon Research Conference6/19/2022 - 6/24/2022Newry, MEObesity alters transcriptional modifications in mice expose to DMBA
Christian Montes SereyDoctoralGordon Research Conference in Plant Molecular Biology6/11/2022 - 6/17/2022Holderness, NHIntegration of multi-omics data reveals interplay between brassinosteroid and TORC signaling in Arabidopsis
Zakayo KazibweDoctoral 23rd Penn State Symposium in Plant Biology: RNA Biology5/18/2022 - 5/20/2022University Park, PAActivation of autophagy in Arabidopsis plants defective in vacuolar nucleoside transport
Swathy KrishnaDoctoralExperimental Biology4/1/2022 - 4/6/2022Philadelphia, PAAltered Activation of Inflammatory Signaling with Diet-induced Insulin Resistance in the Dystrophic Diaphragm
Melissa RothsMSExperimental Biology4/1/2022 - 4/6/2022Philadelphia, PAHeat stress-induced changes in the myocardium
Tori RudolphDoctoralExperimental Biology4/1/2022 - 4/6/2022Philadelphia, PADefining the role of endotoxemia during heat stress in oxidative skeletal muscle
Sean McLaughlinMSMaize Meeting3/30/2022 - 4/3/2022St. Louis, MOPhenotyping a new maize shoot mutant in inbred and F1 hybrid genetic background 
Jaspreet RishiDoctoralSSR 54th Annual Meeting12/15/2021 - 12/18/2021St. Louis, MOObesity alters the ovarian DNA repair protein response to DMBA exposure
Kevin ChiteriDoctoral2021 ASA, CSSA, SSSA INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING11/4/2021 - 11/13/2021Salt Lake City, UT 
Clayton CarleyDoctoral2021 ASA, CSSA, SSSA INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING11/4/2021 - 11/13/2021Salt Lake City, UTExploring Early Growth Stage Nodulation in Diverse Soybean Root System Architectures
Brian ZebosiDoctoralHybrid Breeding Workshop: Designing, Implementing and Managing a Breeding Program for Hybrid Crops8/10/2021 - 8/12/2021VirtualCharacterization of ramosa suppressor locus*12.2995, a novel allele of opaque1 that regulates plant architecture in maize (Poster #174)
Ankur KumarDoctoralAmerican Aging Association-49th Annual Meeting Metabolism of Aging7/20/2021 - 7/23/2021Madison, WIThe Interplay of peroxisome and mitochondrial dynamics during aging in Drosophila
Swathy KrishnaDoctoralNew Directions in Biology and Disease of Skeletal Muscle6/28/2021 - 7/1/2021Charleston, SCDiet induced insulin resistance in mdx mice
Brian ZebosiDoctoralWorkshop : 2021 Midwest Big Data Summer School5/17/2021 - 5/20/2021 Virtual 
Mark McHughDoctoralAnthelmintic Discovery to resistance IV2/2/2020 - 2/7/2020Santa Monica, CAExpression of putative levamisole sensitive nAChR in Ascaris suum intestine
Yan ZhouDoctoralInternational Plant & Animal Genome XXVIII (PAG 2020)1/10/2020 - 1/15/2020San Diego, CAIdentification of Genetic Determinants of Maize Tassel Structure Using RGB Images
G. Dalton SmedleyDoctoralSociety for Integrative and Comparative Biology1/2/2020Austin, TXMolluscan Transcriptomes Suggest a More Complex Visual Cycle Homologous to Vertebrates
Emmanuel NsambaDoctoralASCB12/6/2019 - 12/11/2019Washington, DCFrom Cytoskeletal Function To Genome Stability: Resolving The Mystery Of Tubulin Isotypes In Budding Yeast ( Saccharomyces Cerevisiae )
Allison BirnbaumDoctoralMidwest Drosophila Conference11/1/2019 - 11/5/2019Bloomington, IN/Minneapolis, MNTranscription factor FOXO in maintaining homeostasis at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction
Kai ChangDoctoral2019 Midwest Drosophila Conference11/2/2019 - 11/3/2019Indiana UniversityThe role of TGF-Beta/activin and mTORC2 signaling in cardiac homeostasis


REX Award

NameDegreeAward SemesterAward YearNominatorDepartment
Ting MiaoDoctoralSpring2022Hua BaiGDCB
Chris ZdryskiDoctoralSpring2022Jonathan MochelBMS
Jing LiDoctoralFall2021Eve WurteleGDCB
Clayton CarleyDoctoralFall2021Asheesh SinghAgronomy
Antony ChapmanDoctoralSpring2021Roger WisePlant Pathology and Microbiology
Pulkit KanodiaDoctoralSpring2021Allen MillerPlant Pathology and Microbiology
Kerui HuangDoctoralSpring2020Hua BaiGDCB
Tesia DennisonDoctoralSpring2020Nick LauterPlant Pathology and Microbiology
Melissa DeistPh.D.Spring2018Sue LamontAnimal Science
Trevor NolanPh.D.Fall2018Yanhai YinGDCB
Benjamin HalePh.D.Summer2017Jason RossAnimal Science


TEX AwardThe purpose of these awards is to recognize and encourage outstanding teaching achievement by graduate students. The intent is to recognize up to 10% of the graduate students involved in teaching each year.

NameDegreeAward ReceivedGENET 591 SemesterTitle
Swathy KrishnaDoctoralSpring 2023Fall 11Academic writing and career development
Brian ZebosiDoctoralSpring 2023Fall 22Academic writing and career development
Jeff HaltomDoctoralSpring 2022Fall 21Grant Writing and Networking in Science
Jaspreet RishiDoctoralSpring 2022 Fall 21Grant Writing and Networking in Science
Roshan KulkarniDoctoralSpring 2021Fall 2020Gene Editing:  Past, Present, and Future
Amruta BapatDoctoralSpring 2021Fall 2020Gene Editing:  Past, Present, and Future
Paul OtyamaDoctoralSpring 2020Fall 2019Science Communication:  Communicating your research to the public
Thea GesslerDoctoralSpring 2020Fall 2019Science Communication:  Communicating your research to the public
Angela BunningDoctoralSpring 2020Fall 2018Epigenetics and Epitranscriptomics: How do DNA and RNA modifications affect gene expression, development, and disease?