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Graduate Student Spotlight: Mo Hashemian

Graduate Student Spotlight: Mo Hashemian

This summer’s graduate student spotlight is on Mo Hashemian! Over the past year, Mo has accomplished numerous achievements. He was recently awarded the ARCS Fellowship (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) for outstanding academics. At the Miller Symposium Poster Session, Mo received the poster award given out by ACS Pharmacology and Translational Sciences. We were also fortunate to hear about his research updates at both the third year seminar and joint group meeting, where Mo discussed the role of metal cofactors in MUTYH function and how he’s been adjusting the protein purification process to retain these cofactors within the structure. We’re excited to see the developments Mo makes on his project moving forward!

Mo presenting at the joint group meeting
Mo sharing his research at the Miller Symposium poster session

Thank you Carlos!

We bid farewell to our Postdoctoral Researcher, Carlos Trasviña-Arenas, as he begins his own lab in the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City. His lab will be investigating DNA repair and chronic degenerative diseases. We thank Carlos for all his contributions to the MUTYH project, and wish him the best of luck in Mexico!


Congratulations to Dr. Merve Demir!

A big belated congratulations to Dr. Merve Demir on filing her dissertation! Her research has helped further our understanding of the mechanisms and structures involved in MutY’s identification of the OG lesion and the excision of the misincorporated adenine. We wish her the best of luck as she continues her research adventures as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Conrad Prebys Center at SBP!


Dr. Demir’s Bell Ringing Ceremony
Continuing our tradition of hand-printing the wall!

Congratulations to Professor Sheila David on Receiving the 2022 Education Award

Congratulations to Professor Sheila David on Receiving the 2022 Education Award


Professor David receives the 2022 Education Award by the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS). The EMGS recognizes her contributions to educating students and young investigators in environmental mutagenesis and genomics. Professor David continues to dedicate her time to mentor and teach both undergraduate and graduate students in the field.

“Professor Sheila David receives the 2022 Education Award from the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society”

Once again, congratulations to Professor David!

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Dr. Sheila S. David

Department of Chemistry
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616