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Tatjana Trcek Pulisic, PhD Tatjana Trcek Pulisic, PhD, a 2011 graduate of the Einstein PhD Program, has received two prestigious honors for the research she conducted as a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Singer. Dr. Trcek Pulisic has been awarded the 2012 The RNA Society/Scaringe Young Scientist Award and the 2012-2015 Jane Coffin Child fellowship awarded by the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research to postdoctoral fellows. Furthermore, she was selected to become a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research.
The RNA Society/Scaringe Young Scientist Award recognizes the achievement of young scientists engaged in RNA research who have made a significant contribution to RNA field. Dr. Trcek Pulisic is one of two graduate students to be selected for the award.
Dr. Trcek Pulisic found that in budding yeast, the promoter alone, not the cis mRNA sequence dictates when an mRNA will degrade in the cytoplasm (Trcek, T., Larson, D.R., Moldon, A., Querry, C.C, Singer, R.H. “Single-molecule mRNA decay measurements reveal promoter- regulated mRNA stability in yeast”. Cell, 2011. 147(7): p. 1484-97.). She received the Scaringe Young Scientist Award at the RNA Society meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 2, 2012.
Dr. Trcek Pulisic was also selected for The Jane Coffin Childs Fellowship, which funds post-doctoral fellows who are using cutting-edge technologies to understand basic biological mechanisms and their applications to cancer. She was one of only twenty-five researchers to be selected for the fellowship. Since the fund’s inception, nearly two dozen individuals associated with the Fund — as grantees, fellows and advisors — have won Nobel prizes in physiology, medicine and chemistry. The researchers and the research labs where the fellows conduct their projects have made major scientific contributions in areas such as the advancement of understanding the human genome, and the application of genetic approaches to understanding pathway regulation and stem cell activation. Eight out of 25 postdoctoral fellows initially selected by the JCC Memorial Fund each year receive the HHMI fellow award.
Dr. Trcek Pulisic is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Ruth Lehmann's lab at The Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. Her research is aimed at understanding how regulation of mRNA stability contributes to establishment and maintenance of Drosophila melanogaster germ line.
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