Lo Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Stem Cell Research
Yale Stem Cell Center is pleased to announce the 12th year of “The Lo Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Stem Cell Research” for outstanding senior graduate students pursuing stem cell research at Yale University. This one-year fellowship is made possible by a generous gift of endowment from the K.S. & Feili Lo Foundation. It is Yale Stem Cell Center’s most prestigious graduate award, and is designed to recognize and support graduate students with demonstrated passion and achievement in stem cell research. Three awards are given each year to partially defray each recipient’s stipend, with funding beginning on September 1, 2023.
- Rebecca Lee is a 4th year PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Kaelyn Sumigray, in the Department of Genetics. Using genetic mouse models and in vitro 2D enteroid monolayers, she is investigating the role of the planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway in intestinal patterning and architecture to better understand how a stem cell niche is maintained during intestinal development.
- Bruna Mafra de Faria is a graduate student in the laboratory of Shangqin Guo in the Department of Cell Biology. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and a Master’s degree in Morphological Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ-Brazil), where she investigated the effect of small molecules against Glioblastoma. Bruna’s current research in the Guo lab focuses on understanding the biology of Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
- Monique Pedroza (they/them) is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Department of Genetics mentored by Dr. Berna Sözen. Their primary area of research is exploring inaccessible stages of early human embryogenesis using a stem cell-based platform. Prior to starting their PhD, Monique completed their master's degree in Clinical Embryology at the University of Oxford investigating left-right asymmetry in mammalian embryonic heart development with Dr. Shankar Srinivas. They then worked as a postbaccalaureate research fellow at the National Institutes of Health investigating RNA degradation in mouse oocyte development with Dr. Jurrien Dean. Monique earned their bachelor's degree in Biology and Spanish from Florida State University. At Yale, Monique is a recipient of the Lo Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Stem Cell Research.
- Myles Alderman is a sixth year PhD candidate in the Department of Genetics mentored by Dr. Andrew Xiao. His primary area of research is understanding the epigenetic regulation of embryogenesis and placentation, with a focus on DNA methylation. Before starting his PhD, he worked in the lab of Dr. Hugh Taylor investigating the pathogenesis of endometriosis, and the impact of Bisphenol-A (BPA) on embryonic development and epigenetic programming. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology in 2014 from Kenyon College. Myles is a recipient of the Gruber Science Fellowship at Yale, the National Science Foundation's Graduate Fellowship Research Fellowships Program (NSF GRFP), and the Lo Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Stem Cell Research.
- Madeline Mayday is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Pathology and is a Medical Research Scholar. Originally from Muskoka, Ontario, she graduated with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University. Following her undergraduate career she worked as a Research Associate at UCSF to develop a protocol for detection of pathogens causing respiratory failure in pediatric HSC transplant patients. Madeline started her graduate studies in Yale’s MMPP program in Fall 2019 and joined the Krause Lab in May 2020 with an interest in translational research and malignant hematopoiesis. She is currently working on a project to better understand the development of AMKL, a rare neonatal leukemia. Madeline is a Chief Graduate Student for the Department of Pathology.