Congratulations to our 2023 Drennan Lab graduates! Daphne Faber (BS) Sheena Vasquez (PhD) Francesca Vaccaro (PhD) Talya Levitz (PhD)
Congratulations to Mary, Devin, Christa and Balyn
Congratulations to Mary, Devin, Christa and Balyn on their iScience publication, “Development of an in vitro method for activation of X-succinate synthases for fumarate hydroalkylation”.
Congratulations to Sheena
Congratulations to Sheena Vasquez for successfully defending her PhD!
Catherine L. Drennan, Election to NAS
Congratulations to Cathy on her election to the National Academy of Sciences! http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/news/2023-nas-election.html
Congratulations to Paulina
Congratulations to former MSRP student Paulina Rios on receiving an NSF GRFP!
Congratulations to Francesca
Congratulations to Francesca for defending her PhD and for her PNAS publication, “Structure of metallochaperone in complex with the cobalamin-binding domain of its target mutase provides insight into cofactor delivery.”
Congratulations to Talya
Congratulations to Talya Levitz for successfully defending her PhD!
Congratulations to Daphne
Congratulations to Daphne on her ABRCMS 2022 poster presentation award!
Congratulations to Mary
Congrats to Mary for her selection as an NIH MOSAIC Scholar!
Congratulations to Francesca on her Student Group Presidents’ Award!
Congratulations to Christa on receiving the Department of Chemistry Award for Outstanding Teaching
Congrats to Sheena, Gisele and Mary
Congrats to Sheena, Gisele and Mary on being invited to speak at the 8th Semi-Annual New England CryoEM Symposium June 2022
Congrats to Mary on her K99!! June 2022
Congratulations to Francesca on her review, “The role of nucleoside triphosphate hydrolase metallochaperones in making metalloenzymes.” in Metallomics.
Congrats to Talya, Gisele, Rohan, Dawson, and Becky
Congrats to Talya, Gisele, Rohan, Dawson, and Becky on their PLOS one paper (June 2022) https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0269572
Congrats to Cathy on being invited to speak at the Nobel Symposium on Bioinorganic Chemistry (May 2022)
Congratulations to Abby, Devin, and Lindsey
Congratulations to Drennan lab graduates Abby (BS), Devin (BS) and Lindsey (PhD) (May 2022)
Congratulations to Abby
Congratulations to Abby on winning the Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA) Senior Academic Award (May 2022)
Congratulations to Sorin and Andy
Congratulations to Sorin and Andy on passing their prelim exams. May 2022
Congratulations to Abby
Congrats to Abby Scott on Phi Beta Kappa
Congratulations to Sorin
Congrats to Sorin for being awarded an NSF fellowship
Congratulations to Gerardo
Congrats to Gerardo for being awarded an NIH predoctoral fellowship.
Congratulations to Lindsey
Congrats to Lindsey Backman for being selected as a Whitehead Fellow.
Congrats to Mary
Congrats to Mary Andorfer for accepting an assistant professor position at Michigan State University
Congratulations to Gisele and Lindsey
Congrats to Gisele and Lindsey for being invited to give talks at ASBMB 2022
Congratulations to Talya
Congratulations to Talya on her recent publication, “Ribonucleotide reductase, a novel drug target for gonorrhea.” DOI: 10.7554/eLife.67447
Congratulations to Alison
Congratulations to Alison on her recent publication, “Visualizing the gas channel of a monofunctional carbon monoxide dehydrogenase.” DOI: 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2022.111774
Congratulations to Gisele and Alison
Congratulations to Gisele and Alison for passing their 3rd year original research proposal exams.
Congrats to NRSA Recipients Dana and Kelsey
Big congrats to Dana Westmoreland and Kelsey Miller-Brown on receiving Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowships.
Congratulations to Talya on her publication!
Congratulations to Talya on her publication in the Journal of Structural Biology, “Effects of chameleon dispense-to-plunge speed on particle concentration, complex formation, and final resolution: A case study using the Neisseria gonorrhoeae ribonucleotide reductase inactive complex.”
Congrats to Mary, Lindsey, Phoebe, and Emily on their publication!
Congratulations to Mary, Lindsey, Phoebe, and Emily on their recent publication in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, “Rescuing activity of oxygen-damaged pyruvate formate-lyase by a spare part protein.”
Welcome Andrea, Christa, and Naike
Welcome to our new grad students in Chemistry, Andrea Marcano-Delgado, Christa Imrich, and Naike Ye!
Lindsey Backman’s poster award
Congratulations to Lindsey Backman on winning the Joe Wong Poster Award at this week’s SSRL Users’ Meeting, Metals in Biology workshop.
Alison Biester, TA award
Congratulations to Alison Biester on receiving a Department of Chemistry Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Congrats to Gilliam recipient Dante
Congrats to Dante Avalos on becoming a 2021 Gilliam Fellow.
Congratulation to Gerardo Perez Goncalves for successfully completing his PhD candidacy exams.
Congrats to Lindsey, Protein Society poster
Congratulations to Lindsey Backman on winning a poster award at the Protein Society’s annual symposium
Cathy on dyslexia at Roadtrip Nation
Cathy was interviewed for Roadtrip Nation’s “Do It Differently.” Roadtrip Nation is shown on many PBS stations. “Do It Differently” follows three young people on a journey to figure out how to redefine success on their own terms. Their stories and those of the inspiring people they meet are proof there’s no one way to… Continue reading Cathy on dyslexia at Roadtrip Nation
Paty’s ACS Omega paper
Congratulations to Paty Feliciano for her ACS Omega paper, Crystal Structure of the [4Fe–4S] Cluster-Containing Adenosine-5′-phosphosulfate Reductase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Congrats, Gisele & Allison
Congratulation to Gisele Andrée and Alison Biester for successfully completing their PhD candidacy exams.
Congrats, Phoebe and Lindsey
Congratulations to Phoebe Li on receiving the Association of MIT Alumnae’s Senior Academic Award, for “demonstrating the highest level of academic excellence through her coursework and related professional activities at MIT.” And Congratulations to Lindsey Backman on being named an MIT Hugh Hampton Young Fellow.
Congrats to Cathy, ASBMB Fellow
Congratulations to Cathy for being named a Fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Congrats to Mary for her Joule paper
Congratulations to Mary for her Preview article in Joule, “Fixing nature’s carbon inefficiencies.”
UCLA Seligman Lectureship for Cathy
Congrats to Cathy for being awarded the 2020-2021 Sigman Lectureship Award from UCLA.
Yay, Mira & Christa!
We’re excited that Mira May and Christa Imrich will be coming to MIT for grad school (Bio & Chem, respectively) this fall. They were both MSRP-Bio summer students in our lab.
Research Slam congratulations to Lindsey & Kelsey!
At the March 29 Research Slam, Lindsey won both first place in the Judge’s award and the Audience Choice award for grad students (“Why does Poop Smell Bad?”), and Kelsey won the Audience Choice award for postdocs (“Avenging Our Immune System”).
Congratulations to Dawson for his paper in Cell Chemical Biology
Congratulations to first-author Dawson, along with Lindsey, on their paper in Cell Chemical Biology, “Molecular basis of C-S bond cleavage in the glycyl radical enzyme isethionate sulfite-lyase,” available here and highlighted here.
Congrats to Luis, Mira, Gisele
Congratulations to former Drennan lab MSRP students Luis Caldera and Mira May and current Drennan lab graduate student Gisele Andrée on receiving NSF awards and/or honorable mention from the NSF. Way to go!
Congratulations on Rohan’s paper
Rohan Jonnalagadda’s paper, “Biochemical and crystallographic investigations into isonitrile formation by a nonheme iron-dependent oxidase/decarboxylase,” is out in Journal of Biological Chemistry.
Welcome Andy & Sorin
Welcome to our new grad students in Chemistry, Andy Dorfeuille and Sorin Srinivasa.
Percy’s paper in Nature Chemical Biology
Congratulations to Percy Yang-Ting Chen for his publication in Nature Chemical Biology, “Structural Basis for Non-Radical Catalysis by TsrM, a Radical SAM Methylase.” Available here or here (view-only but open access).
Cathy Drennan, AAAS Fellow
Congratulations to Cathy on being elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS announcement here, and MIT’s here.
Congratulations to Steve on his publication in Structure
Steve Cohen et al., “Negative-Stain Electron Microscopy Reveals Dramatic Structural Rearrangements in Ni-Fe-S-Dependent Carbon Monoxide Dehydrogenase/Acetyl-CoA Synthase,” Structure 28: 1-7.
Welcome Dana Westmoreland
We’re very happy to welcome Dana Westmoreland as a new postdoc in the Drennan lab. Dana joins us from Northwestern University.
Congratulations to Francesca Vaccaro, Gisele Andrée, and Steve Cohen on receiving the Department of Chemistry’s Award for Outstanding Service, and to Francesca for her Kirschstein Fellowship from the NIH.
Paper highlighted, Women in Biological Chemistry
The Drennan lab paper “Disruption of an Oligomeric Interface Prevents Allosteric Inhibition of Escherichia coli Class Ia Ribonucleotide Reductase” has been included in the Journal of Biological Chemistry‘s special issue, “Women in Biological Chemistry,” which brings together Editors’ Picks papers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the U.S.
Gilliam awardees from our lab
Congratulations to current Drennan lab grad student Sheena Vasquez and former Drennan lab MSRP/EXROP student Santi Yori on receiving the prestigious Gilliam Fellowship from HHMI.
Welcome Kelsey Miller
We’re very happy to welcome Kelsey Miller as a new postdoc in the Drennan lab. Kelsey joins us from the University of California, Irvine.
Publications this week
Congratulations to Steve Cohen and former Drennan lab member Elizabeth Wittenborn on their papers published this week in JACS and ACS Catalysis, respectively (links on our Publications page).
Drennan lab closes for #ShutDownSTEM
The Drennan lab closes to take part in (and organize in the MIT Bio & Chem departments) #ShutdownSTEM anti-racism workshops on June 10, 2020.
Congratulations to our graduates, Becky, Steve, Dawson, Allena, Rohan, and Kenny
Officially graduating this week: Becky Bjork, Master’s in Biotechnology, Harvard Extension Steve Cohen, PhD in Chemistry, MIT C. Dawson, PhD in Biology, MIT Allena Goren, PhD in Chemistry, MIT Rohan Jonnalagadda, PhD in Biochemistry, MIT Kenny Kang, PhD in Chemistry, MIT
Congratulations, Dr. Jonnalagadda
Congratulations to Dr. Rohan Jonnalagadda on his successful (virtual) thesis defense, May 12.
Congratulations, Dr. Cohen
Congratulations to Dr. Steve Cohen on his successful (virtual) thesis defense, April 17.
Congratulations to Kenny on his Science publication
Featured in MIT News and ACS’s C&E News: “Structure of a trapped radical transfer pathway within a ribonucleotide reductase holocomplex,” Science eaba6794.
Congratulations to Cathy on the Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award
Cathy has received the Protein Society’s Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award, granted in recognition of exceptional contributions in protein science which profoundly influence our understanding of biology.
Congratulations to Lindsey & Mary for their eLife publication
Featured in MIT News: Lindsey & Mary’s “Molecular basis for catabolism of the abundant metabolite trans-4-hydroxy-L-proline by a microbial glycyl radical enzyme,” eLife 9:e51420.
Congratulations to Dr. Dawson!
Congratulations to Dr. Dawson on his successful thesis defense, March 16. We were glad to be able to at least join him virtually.
Congratulations to Abby!
Congratulations to undergrad Abby Scott for her induction into MIT’s Laureates and Leaders program as a member of the cohort of 2022!
Congratulations to Paty!
Congratulations to Dr. Paty Feliciano for getting the cover of the December 31 issue of Biochemistry.
Welcome Alison and Gisele!
The Drennan Lab welcomes first year MIT chemistry graduate students, Alison Biester and Gisele Andree, to the group!
Congratulations to Sheena!
Congratulations to Sheena Vasquez for successfully completing her PhD candidacy exam!
Cathy Featured on WBUR
Cathy was recently featured on WBUR as part of the Edify’s Lessons Learned series. She shared her story of how her experience with dyslexia shaped her career and life. Read the article and listen to the news story here!
Last Starbucks run of summer!
Last official Starbucks run of the summer term. Best of luck to our summer interns and to Dr. Allena Goren who defended over the summer. The lab won’t be the same without you!
Congratulations to Steve!
Congrats to Steve Cohen for receiving an MIT Spot Award for his work on the Chemistry Graduate Student Council (CGSC), including serving as a President of the CGSC.
Congratulations to Dr. Goren and Dr. Kang!
Congrats to freshly minted PhD recipients from the Drennan lab: Dr. Allena Goren and Dr. Gyunghoon Kenny Kang.
Drennan Lab Family Reunion Celebrating 20 Years at MIT!
This July marked 20 years since Cathy started her career at MIT. We celebrated by hosting a family reunion, inviting the lab alumni to come back to MIT and reconnect. There were talks about research performed by various alumni after their time in the Drennan lab and updates about the original projects that are the… Continue reading Drennan Lab Family Reunion Celebrating 20 Years at MIT!
Recent paper on spare part proteins featured by MIT Biology!
Congratulations to former postdoc Sarah Bowman, current lab members–Lindsey Backman, Rebekah Bjork, and Mary Andorfer, and former MSRP summer students, Santiago Yori and Alessio Caruso, for their paper in Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. Their paper titled, Solution structure and biochemical characterization of a spare part protein that restores activity to an oxygen-damaged glycyl radical… Continue reading Recent paper on spare part proteins featured by MIT Biology!
Congratulations to Elizabeth and Steve !
Congratulations to Elizabeth Wittenborn and Steve Cohen for their paper, Structural insight into metallocofactor maturation in carbon monoxide dehydrogenase, in the Journal of Biological Chemistry! Read it here!
Congratulations to Steve!
Congratulations to graduate student Steve Cohen for being selected as a 2019-2020 Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability. Learn more here!
Congratulations to Sheena!
Congratulations to graduate student Sheena Vasquez for receiving the Teresa Keng Teaching Award for her work in 7.014!
Congratulations to Talya!
Congratulations to Talya Levitz for successfully completing her PhD candidacy exam!
Congratulations to Percy!
Congratulations to Percy Yang-Ting Chen on his first author paper, X-ray crystallography–based structural elucidation of enzyme-bound intermediates along the 1‑deoxy‑d‑xylulose 5-phosphate synthase reaction coordinate, in Journal of Biological Chemistry! Read it here!
Congratulations to former UROPPER Anne Ye!
Congratulations to former Drennan UROPPER Anne Ye on a success PhD defense at Stanford University!
Congratulations (and Welcome Back), Kiana!
Congratulations to Drennan Lab EXROP Kiana Williams on her graduation from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry! Kiana returns to the Drennan Lab summer for an EXROP Capstone experience. Welcome back to the Drennan Lab!
The Drennan Lab welcomes Dr. Squire Booker to campus for the 2019 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony!
Members of the Drennan Lab were happy to welcome Squire Booker, PhD ’94, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Eberly Family Distinguished Chair in Science at Penn State University, to MIT as he prepared to offer remarks at the 2019 Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral Ceremony. Dr.… Continue reading The Drennan Lab welcomes Dr. Squire Booker to campus for the 2019 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony!
Congratulations to Emily on her NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship!
Congratulations to postdoc Emily Ulrich for her NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded for her project titled “Structural Characterization of AdoMet Radical Enzyme-Catalyzed Posttranslational Modifications in Bacterial Anaerobic Metabolism.“
Welcome Dante and Gerardo!
The Drennan lab welcomes first year MIT Biology graduate student Gerardo Perez Goncalves and first year Harvard Biophysics graduate student Dante Avalos!
Congratulations to Francesca!
Congratulations to Francesca Vaccaro for passing her Ph.D. candidacy exam!
Cathy testifies at the MA State House
On March 28th, Cathy had the opportunity to testify at the MA State House as part of the “Legislative Briefing about Biomedical Research.” The briefing was organized by the Biophysical Society and hosted by State Representative Mike Connolly. Cathy explaining the advances in resolution for Cryo-EM … Continue reading Cathy testifies at the MA State House
Lab outing to see Photograph 51!
Members of the lab had the opportunity to see Photograph 51 at Central Square Theater. The play recounts the competitive race to solve the structure of the DNA molecule using X-ray crystallography. Learn more about the play here and Central Square Theater here!
Congratulations to Steve!
Congratulations to Steve Cohen for his paper in Nature Communications! Read it here!
Congratulations to Cathy!
Congratulations to Cathy for being named the 2018-2019 King Lecturer Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, the Kenneth L. Rinehart Lecturer at the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, and the William W. Wells Lecturer at Michigan State University!
Congratulations to Paty!
Congratulations to Paty Feliciano on her first author paper in ACS Chemical Biology! Read it here!
Congratulations to Percy!
Congratulations to Percy Yang-Ting Chen for his first author paper in Joule! Read it here!
MIT.nano’s Cryo-EM facility celebrates its opening
On October 5th, MIT.nano’s Cryo-EM facility celebrated its opening with a day-long symposium hosted by the Department of Biology. The presenters had department affiliations ranging from biology and chemistry to mathematics to electrical engineering and computer science, highlighting the diverse and exciting research that will now be possible on MIT’s campus. As part of the… Continue reading MIT.nano’s Cryo-EM facility celebrates its opening
Cathy honored as the 2018 Herschbach teacher/scientist by Harvard University
Cathy was honored as the 2018 Herschbach teacher/scientist by Harvard University. This lecture series honors emeritus professor Dudley Herschbach, a Nobel-prize winning chemist and a devoted educator. For the lecture series Cathy was hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard Unviersity. Her… Continue reading Cathy honored as the 2018 Herschbach teacher/scientist by Harvard University
Congratulations to Tsehai Grell!
Congratulations to Tsehai on her first author paper in Journal of Biology Chemistry. Read it here!
Congratulations to Elizabeth Wittenborn!
Congratulations to Elizabeth for her first author paper in eLife which is highlighted by MIT News here! Read the paper here.
Congratulations to Mary on her NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship!
Congratulations to postdoc Mary Andorfer for her NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded for her project titled “Taming radical enzymes through directed evolution and structural analysis”
Congratulations to Francesca on her teaching award!
Congratulations to Francesca on her teaching award for her efforts with 5.111 in Spring 2018! Francesca with her fellow recipients of teaching awards for the Department of Chemistry.