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New Baby
June 2017
Peter & Caitlin welcome baby Maura Connelly Sudmant! Born 8lbs, 20.5 inches on June 29th!
Fellowship Award
June 2017
Pew recognizes four MIT researchers for innovation in biomedical science Biophysicist Ibrahim Cissé and cell biologist Gene-Wei Li honored as Pew Scholars; postdocs Ana Fiszbein and María Inda are named Pew Latin American Fellows.
New Baby
July 2016
Marvin Jens and Käthe Quecke welcome Benjamin!
February 2012
Eric Wang has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from
the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation
New Baby
January 2012
  Xuebing and Qifang Wu welcome Charles
December 2011
Eric Wang and Thomas Wang received an award for their research from
the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation at the IDMC-8 Conference in Clearwater, FL
Fellowship Award
October 2011
Reut Shalgi has been awarded a Machiah Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco
October 2011
Eric Wang successfully defended his thesis entitled, "Alternative Isoform Regulation in Myotonic
September 2011
Noah Spies successfully defended his thesis entitled, "Cross-regulation and interaction between eukaryotic gene regulatory processes"
August 2011
Xuebing Wu was awarded an HHMI Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for International Students
July 2011
In Sequence story features HiTS-FLIP
June 2011
Jessica Hurt has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship from NIH
Sports News
September 2010
Gene Yeo (former Burge lab member) completes Ironman triathlon.
July 2010
Reut Shalgi has been awarded a Weizmann Institute Outstanding Women in Science Prize.
Fellowship Award
January 2010
Reut Shalgi has been awarded an EMBO Long-term postdoctoral fellowship by the European Molecular Biology Organization. The principles of the EMBO are that projects and persons be chosen regardless of nationality, and all activities be guided by scientific excellence, coupled with usefulness to molecular biology
Fellowship Award
June 2009


Wu Albert Cheng has been awarded a Croucher Foundation predoctoral fellowship. The Croucher Foundations object is to promote the standard natural sciences, technology and medicine through education and research.
Fellowship Award
June 2009
Robert Bradley is the recipient of a Damon Runyon Cancer Research postdoctoral fellowship. The Damon Runyon fellowship supports the training of the brightest postdoctoral scientists as they embark upon their research careers. This funding enables them to be trained by established investigators in leading research laboratories across the country.
Fellowship Award
May 2009
Eric Wang, a third-year MEMP student has been awarded a Poitras Fellowship from MIT; the Poitras fellowship supports predoctoral candidates engaged in biomedical engineering or biophysics research.
Journal Cover
January 2009
"Most mammalian mRNAs are conserved targets of microRNAs" by Robin Friedman, Kyle Farh, Christropher Burge and David Bartel was selected for the cover of the January issue of Genome Research.[Cover art by Robin Friedman and Shannon McArdel]
November 2008

Eric Wang and Rickard Sandberg led a study of alternative splicing in human 
tissues using Illumina deep sequencing of mRNAs.   See news stories at:
Nature News
MIT Research News
GenomeWeb Daily News
In Sequence

Teaching Award

Teresa Keng Graduate Teaching Prize
Noah Spies (7.57 Quantative Biology for Graduate Students) was a co-recipient of the 2007-2008 Teresa Keng Graduate Teaching Prize. This award recognizes outstanding dedication and commitment to teaching.
Thesis Defense
May 2008
Cydney Nielsen successfully defended her thesis entitled "Mammalian gene regulation through the 3' UTR". She will return to British Columbia, Canada where she will start a postdoc at Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre.
Poster Prize
March 2008
The poster ("Widespread evasion of post-transcriptional regulation associated with proliferation." by Sandberg*, Neilson*, Sarma,Sharp and Burge) won the only Poster Prize at the Systems Biology: Global Regulation of Gene Expression meeting in Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA March 27-30, 2008. The poster presented the study of 3'UTR dynamics in activated immune cells and in proliferation.
Poster Prize
Eric Wang is a recipient of the Martha Gray Prize for Excellence in Research, presented at the 2008 Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology Annual Forum. The poster prize recognizes exemplary research currently performed by students within the HST community.
DOE CSGF Fellowship
Robin Friedman is a recipient of a DOE CSGF graduate fellowship. The fellowship provides support and guidance to some of the nation’s best scientific graduate students, and these graduates go on to work in DOE laboratories, private industry and educational institutions.
Ingvar Carlsson Award
Rickard Sandberg is one of the recipients of the 2007 Ingvar Carlsson Award from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. An award for young postdocs returning to Sweden to start an independent research career
Fellowship Award
July, 2007
Xinshu Xiao is a recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association starting in July 2007. She is a former recipient of a Anna Fuller Fund postdoctoral fellowship in Molecular Oncology.
Fellowship Award
July, 2007
Razvan Nutiu will receive a postdoctoral fellowship from the Human Frontiers Science Program starting in July 2007. He is a former recipient of an Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) postdoctoral fellowship (2006-2007).
Infinite Mile Award
April, 2007
Hilda Harris-Ransom is the recipient of MIT's School of Science 2007 "Infinite Mile" Award in recognition of outstanding achievement and dedication to the department. She was nominated for this award by Professor Chris Burge.
RNA Society/Scaringe Young Scientist Award
March, 2007

Zefeng Wang (former Burge lab postdoctoral fellow) won this year's RNA Society/Scaringe Young Scientist Award in recognition of his outstanding research contributions to the field of RNA biology, including his work on RNA splicing carried out in the Burge lab. Zefeng Wang is currently an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  The RNA Society/Scaringe Young Scientist Award was established to recognize the achievement of young scientists engaged in RNA research and to encourage them to pursue a career in the field of RNA.

2007 Schering-Plough Award
April 2007
0.69gif Chris Burge is the recipient of the 2007 Schering-Plough Research Institute Award, awarded by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The ASBMB/Schering-Plough Award recognizes outstanding research contributions to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by researchers within the first 10 years since completion of the PhD.
Journal Cover
November 23, 2006
"Inference of splicing regulatory activities by sequence neighborhood analysis" by Michael Stadler, Noam Shomron, Gene W Yeo, Aniket Schneider, Xinshu Xiao and Christropher B. Burge was selected for the cover of the November issue of PLoS Genetics. [Cover art by Michael Stadler]
Fellowship Award August, 2006
Razvan Nutiu joined the laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow funded by a NSERC postdoctoral fellowship. Razvan obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from McMaster University, Canada.
Thesis Defense July 24, 2006
Brad Friedman successfully defended his thesis, "The Evolution and Specificity of RNA Splicing". Brad has since completed his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and is now a postdoc in the Maniatis Laboratory at Harvard.
Journal Cover July 7, 2006
General and specific functions of exonic splicing silencers in splicing control" by Zefeng Wang, Xinshu Xiao, Eric Van Nostrand and Chris Burge was selected for the cover of the July issue of Molecular Cell. [Cover art by Xinshu Xiao]
CSBi Tee Shirt Design Competition June 2006
Robin Friedman's logo wins CSBi's tee shirt design competition.
Poster Prize June 24, 2006
Burge lab postdoctoral fellows Zefeng Wang and Xinshu Xiao won the 'Innovation and Interdisciplinary Research' prize, sponsored by Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology and the RNA Society for their poster "Diverse Functions of Exonic Splicing Silencers" at the 2006 RNA Meeting in Seattle.
New Baby June 17, 2006
Gali Shomron was born to parents Meytal and Noam Shomron at 4:35 AM on Saturday June 17 in Mt Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Gali weighs 3317 grams (7 pounds, 2 ounce) and measures 50 cm (20 inches).
Tenure Party April 12, 2006
The Biology Department hosted a gathering at Legal Sea Foods to celebrate Chris Burge's promotion to tenure. Burge lab members provided the cake... [photo by Rickard Sandberg].

Fellowship Award March, 2006
Cydney Nielsen received a postgraduate scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Fellowship Award January, 2006
Xinshu (Grace) Xiao received a postdoctoral fellowship for Molecular Oncology from the Anna Fuller Fund.
Fellowship Award November, 2005
Rickard Sandberg received a 2 years postdoctral fellowship from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The fellowship also covers 3 years of salary upon returning to Sweden to support the establishment of a research group.