Welcome Sheena and Talya!

Friday, June 15th, 2018

 The Drennan lab welcomes first year MIT Biology graduate students Talya Levitz and Sheena Vasquez.

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Congrats to Dr. Tsehai Grell and Dr. David Born

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Congrats to freshly minted PhD recipients from the Drennan lab Dr. Tsehai Grell (PhD in Chemistry from MIT) and Dr. David Born (PhD in Biophysics from Harvard).

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Congratulations to Emily Damato!

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Congratulations to MIT senior Emily Damato, who won the “Audience Choice Award” at the April 26 SuperUROP poster session, with her poster “Applications of Machine Learning for Cryo-EM.”   Emily has been part of the Drennan lab for two years, this past year as a SuperUROP.  Her mentor in the lab, Ed Brignole, who now heads…

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Congratulations to Mary for her poster!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Congratulations to postdoc Mary Andorfer on her prizewinning poster “Taming radical enzymes through directed evolution and structural analysis.”  Mary’s poster received Third Place in the Postdoc Category for Best Poster at the April 10 Annual Poster Session of MIT’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) and Superfund Research Program (SRP).

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Welcome to Emily Ulrich!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

A warm welcome to postdoc Emily Ulrich, who joined the Drennan lab on April 2.  Emily will receive her PhD this May from the University of Illinois.  Her thesis, written under the direction of Wilfred van der Donk, is entitled “Diverse Enzyme Reactions in Phosphonate Natural Product Biosynthesis.”    

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Congratulations to Percival Yang-Ting Chen on his first author PNAS paper

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Congratulations to Percival Yang-Ting Chen on his first author PNAS paper!  Read it online at PNAS.

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Cathy featured at MIT’s MacVicar Day March 9

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

MIT celebrated exceptional undergraduate teaching, and honored a new group of MacVicar Faculty Fellows, with a symposium on March 9 titled “Inclusive Pedagogies: Building a Vibrant Community of Learners at MIT.”  Cathy, a 2015 MacVicar Faculty Fellow, kicked off the symposium, speaking about stereotype threat.  Read the MIT News feature.

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Friday, March 30th, 2018

Congrats to Dr. Tsehai Grell and Dr. David Born on successfully defending their respective PhD dissertations!

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Cathy featured at ImprovBoston

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Cathy (third from the right, with cast members) was the featured guest at ImprovBoston’s Spotlight Series on March 1. To a sold-out house, Cathy and the cast performed im- provised skits, working off a short on-stage interview with her.  This was Cathy’s second appearance with ImprovBoston. ImprovBoston’s Spotlight Series shines a light on Boston-area professionals…

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Drennan lab research featured in MIT news

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

As reported in MIT News, Drennan lab research has contributed to the discovery of the structure of an important enzyme.  The results were published February 20 in the journal eLife.  Read more in the MIT News article.   

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