William H. Telfer Graduate Student Travel Award Recipients

2021-2022 Academic Year

Luella Allen-Waller

Title of talk: Endosymbiotic strategic shifts inhibit cooperation after coral bleaching

Conference: 10th Congress of the International Society of Symbiosis

Date: July 2022

Location: Lyon, France

Erin Doody

Title of poster: Natural variation in timing of vegetative phase change in A. thaliana

Conference:American Society of Plant Biology (ASPB) PB22

Date: July 2022

Location: Portland, OR, USA

Che-Ling Ho

Title of poster: Investigating the stomatal responses to the vapor-pressure deficit (VPD) and its association with anatomical traits in grasses

Conference: Gordon Research Conference: Assessing Plant Vascular Function Through Optical Approaches

Date: June 2022

Location: Newry, ME, USA

Yongjun Li

Title of talk: Sleep and memory consolidation are linked by RNA processing in Drosophila mushroom body

Conference: SRBR 2022 Biennial Conference

Date: May 2022

Location: Amelia Island, FL, USA

Sung-Ya Lin

Title of poster: Coevolution between two essential telomere binding proteins preserves chromosome end-protection

Conference: Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics (PEQG) Conference 2022

Date: June 2022

Location: Pacific Grove, CA, USA

Wil Prall

Title of poster: Pathogen induced m6A dynamics regulate plant immunity

Conference: American Society of Plant Biology (ASPB) PB22

Date: July 2022

Location: Portland, OR, USA

2018–2019 Academic Year

Ben Galeota-Sprung

Title of poster: The fitness cost of mismatch repair mutators in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Conference: Gordon Research Conference: Microbial Population Biology

Date: July 2019

Location: Andover, NH, USA

Tomohiro Kumon

Title of poster: Evidence that CENP-B and CENP-C suppress biased segregation of selfish centromere DNA in female meiosis

Poster Authors: T. Kumon, J. Ma, D. Stefanik, E.C. Nordgren, R.B. Akins, J. Kim, M. Levine, M.A. Lampson

Conference: ASCB | EMBO Meeting: Cell Biology for the 21st Century

Date: December 2019

Location: Washington, DC, USA

Erica Lawrence

Title of poster: Developmental changes in leaf physiology and its implications for environmental adaptation

Conference: American Society of Plant Biologists: Plant Biology 2019 

Date: August 2019

Location: San Jose, CA, USA

Takashi Nakamura

Title of poster: Identification of epigenetic regulators that play roles in therapy-induced tumor D

Conference: Cold Spring Harbor Conference Biology of Cancer: Microenvironment and Metastasis

Date: September 2019

Location: Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA

Rohini Singh

Title of poster: Effects of Wolbachia on social traits and fitness of pharaoh ant colonies

Conference: Gordon Research Conference: Animal-Microbe Symbioses

Date: June 2019

Location: West Dover, VT, USA


2017–2018 Academic Year

Rohini Singh

Title of poster: Effects of Wolbachia on social traits and fitness in pharaoh ants

Conference: International Union for the Study of Social Insects XVIIIth International Congress

Date: August 2018

Location: Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Justin Walsh

Title of poster: The genetic basis of behavioral variation in the pharaoh ant

Conference: International Union for the Study of Social Insects XVIIIth International Congress

Date: August 2018

Location: Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Haoran Zhou

Title of poster: Further divergence and evolution of the hydraulic system and photosynthesis system in C4 species after carbon concentration mechanism evolved

Conference: Gordon Research Conference: Multiscale Plant Vascular Biology

Date: June 2018

Location: West Dover, VT, USA


2016–2017 Academic Year

Alexandra Brown

Title of presentation: Transmission mode evolution in conditional mutualisms with spatial variation in symbiont quality

Workshop: The Biology and Economics of Mutualism

Date: November 1-3, 2017

Location: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, German


2015–2016 Academic Year

Riley Graham

Title of presentation: Epigenetic reprogramming of caste specific foraging behavior in C. floridanus

Conference: 2016 XXV International Congress of Entomology

Date: September 2016

Location: Orlando, FL, USA

Aaron Leichty

Title of presentation: Evolution of vegetative phase change in Acacia

Conference: New Phytologist Symposium:  Plant Develomental Evolution

Date: May 2016

Location: Beijing, China

Stephanie Seifert

Title of presentation: Phylogeography and evolution of the lyme disease pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi, between multiple vector and host communities

Conference: 13th International Conference on Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Diseases

Date: May 2016

Location: Antwerp, Belgium

2014–2015 Academic Year

Emily Behrman

Title of presentation: Seasonal and latitudinal immune trade-offs in wild Drosophila

Conference: Evolution 2015

Date: June 2015

Location: Sao Paolo, Brazil

Lee Dietterich

Title of presentation: Effects of planted grasses and a pioneer tree on succession on a eavy metal contaminated mountainside

Conference: Society for Ecological Restoration

Date: August 2015

Location: Manchester UK

Mitra Eghbal

Title of presentation: Mutation rate evolution in rapidly adapting asexual mutator populations: An experimental study

Conference: Evolution 2015

Date: June 2015

Location: Sao Paolo, Brazil

Matias Escobar

Title of poster: Macf1 mediates spatial and temporal cytoskeletal dynamics functioing in animal-vegetal polarity establishment in oocytes

Authors: Matias Escobar-Aguirre, Allison Jamieson-Lucy, Ricardo Fuentes and Mary C. Mullins

Conference: Jacques Monod Conference:  Actin and Microtubule Cytoskeleton in Cell Motility and Morphogenesis: An Integrated View

Date: May 2015

Location: Roscoff (Brittany) France

Aurora MacRae-Crerar

Title of presentation: Investigating the determinants of soil bacterial community structure in a Mongolian global change experiment

Conference: Ecological Science at the Frontier

Date: August 2015

Location: Baltimore, MD, USA

2013–2014 Academic Year

Swathi Ayloo

Title of poster: Mechanism of dynein activation by dynactin using single molecule approaches

Authors: Swathi Ayloo, Adita Dodda, Jacob E. Lazarus, Mariko Tokito, Michael E. Ostap, and Erika Holzbaur

Conference: American Society for Cell Biology

Date: December 2013

Location: New Orleans, LA, USA

Yang Ding

Title: Signatures of recent selective pressure on RNA structures in viral genomes

Conference: Evolution 2014 (Joint Annual Meeting of The Society for the Study of Evolution, The Society of Systematic Biologists, and The American Society of Naturalists)

Date: June 2014

Location: Raleigh, NC, USA

Vinayak Mathur

Title:  Studying the role of population specific gene expression variation on climatic adaptation in Drosophila melanogaster

Conference: Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution

Date: June 2014

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Tanya Singh

Title:  Fates of beneficial and neutral mutations in hypermutable asexual populations 

Conference: Mathematical and Computational Evolutionary Biology

Date: June 2014

Location: Montpellier, France