Shuyi Zhang and Molly Hall are co-recipients of the 2016 Fred Wedler Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
2016 June 7 - It is with great pleasure to announce that former BMMB graduate student, Shuyi Zhang (Bryant lab) and former BMMB graduate student, Molly Hall (Ritchie lab) are co-recipients of the Fred Wedler Outstanding Dissertation Award. Each year the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department selects a Ph.D. dissertation to receive the Wedler Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. The monetary award is given to the student whose dissertation is judged to be the best, based upon evaluation criteria given to the student’s dissertation committee. All students defending a Ph.D. dissertation are automatically considered for this award.
Shuyi Zhang graduated from Penn State in the summer of 2015 with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar working with Professor Christopher A. Voigt at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is now involved in projects to build complex genetic circuits that can control the conditions and timing of a cellular response, which will enable a wide range of applications, for example, cells that communicate to build a material, or navigate the human body to treat a disease.
Molly Hall graduated from Penn State in 2015 with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Jason Moore’s lab at the Institute for Biomedical Informatics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Under Dr. Moore’s supervision, Hall is developing software methods to identify genetic and environmental components involved in the development of common, complex disease.
Congratulations Dr. Shuyi Zhang and Dr. Molly Hall on this outstanding accomplishment.