We're really going to miss Inwha Baek, who finished up her work here this week. Inwha is moving to Rockefeller University to do post-doctoral work with Elaine Fuchs, and we wish her all the best!  She goes out on a high note, with her single molecule study of  initiation complex assembly accepted for publication in Molecular Cell.  For a preview, you can access the pre-print on Biorxiv here.




Steve was fortunate to get a very early start as an independent investigator when he was a Whitehead Institute Fellow.  With the latest renewal, we celebrate thirty straight years of NIH funding!




Lab celebrations are back!  On Friday we had Robin's amazing mocha/chocolate cake for Gabby and Inwha's birthdays, and then on Tuesday we had lunch al fresco to celebrate Deepash's wedding.


Birthday cake



Welcome to our two new technicians, Nathan Weber and Gabriela Giordano!




Although Harvard graduation was online this year, we had a beautiful day to celebrate Dr. Inwha Baek!

Inwha in her cap and gown

Graduation screen shot



This week we also celebrated Dr. Inwha Baek, who successfully defended her PhD dissertation using single-molecule microscopy to study transcription initiation and elongation.  Over 100 people virtually attended her seminar, including friends and family all over the world.  As is our tradition, the decorations on Robin's delicious cake illustrated Inwha's project.  Congratulations, Inwha!

Inwha defense 1 Inwha cakeInwha celebration


This week we sadly say goodbye to two lab members.  Charlotte Reed will take a little time off to visit family and then start medical school this summer at Northwestern University.  And Adam Volanakis has joined a new start-up company working on something so new he's not even allowed to talk about it yet!   Charlotte and Adam ...  we'll miss you, and wish you all the best!



Congratulations to Urmi Basu, who has been awarded an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship!

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Natalia Orlovsky of Princeton University, who spent the summer of 2019 with us as a BCMP Summer Scholar, was awarded a 2021 Goldwater Fellowship!  These awards recognize and support the most promising STEM undergrads in the country. In our lab, Natalia worked with Hyun Jin Bae on mapping CTD modifications. At Princeton, she works with Cliff Brangwynne on biological condensates. Congratulations, Natalia!


Natalia, Hyun Jin, and Steve


PhD student Inwha Baek was selected as a Global Leader by K-BioX, an organization that highlights the contributions of Korean scientists around the world.  Here she talks about her dissertation project ... in Korean, of course!