The Dept. of Biochemistry & Biophysics – where SEC means Size Exclusion Chromatography.
Help me congratulate Daisy Wilbert who received 1 of the 15 President Meritorious Service Awards that was presented at the February 26, 2014 award ceremony. After 120 nominations were received by the Association of Former Student’s selection committee, Daisy’s nomination packet revealed what they were looking for, which are staff who strive for excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. We are so proud of Daisy and our other hard working staff in our department who support academic excellence for our faculty, staff and students. Congratulations Daisy on receiving this well-deserved recognition.
Carol Vargas-Bautista, a BioBio grad student, Kathryn Rahlwes, a Texas A&M Biochemistry undergraduate alumna, and Paul Straight, Assistant Professor in BioBio have just published some nice work in the Journal of Bacteriology examining how B. subtilis regulates its ability to synthesize bacillaene, a metabolite that can perturb competitor Streptomyces species. A beautiful illustration of how bacteria alter each others behavior as part of competitive interactions graces the cover of the second February 2014 issue of JBac.
On January 9, 2014, Krystal Morales Rivera received the Vice Chancellor’s Award in graduate student research. Krystal recently received her PhD under the direction of Dr. Tatyana Igumenova. She has proven herself to be one of the very best graduate students in our department. This is evident by the many awards she has received here during her time at Texas A&M as well as her undergraduate awards at the University of Puerto Rico. Krystal has three first-author publications in major journals and is currently working on two more first-author manuscripts. According to Dr. Young “Krystal was a positive contributor from the first day. It is hard to define what set her apart, but the simplest thing to say is that she needs to be told how to do something either zero times or once, but never twice.” Dr. Igumenova considers Krystal to be one of the most gifted and intellectually independent graduate student she has ever had in her lab. Her quantitative skills are outstanding. The data that she generates are of extremely high quality. More importantly, she is intellectually curious and is a deep thinker. We are all very proud of Krystal for being awarded this honor as the Vice Chancellors Award in Excellence. She is truly deserving of this prestigious award.