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Kolape Named Microscopy Center Manager

Jaydeep KolapeIn July 2020, we welcomed the new manager of the Advanced Microscopy and Imaging Center, Jaydeep Kolape. He joined us from his previous position at the microscopy center of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Kolape is taking over from John Dunlap who had helped many generations of students with their microscopy needs. Kolape will follow in this tradition and train users from all over campus on the efficient use of the different instruments in the microscopy core facility.

For more information about the instruments available in the Advanced Microscopy and Imaging Center, visit

News Briefs

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 MS and PhD graduates: Gabriel Fuente, Kathryn Abrahamsson Halter, Brian Hercyk, Kathleen King, Aleksandra (Ola) Noras, Rebecca Shrem, Justin Westerfield.

Congratulation to Maitreyi Das who received tenure and was promoted to associate professor.

Jianbin Wang joined BCMB as an assistant professor this year. He studies the mechanism and function for the large-scale loss of DNA known as programmed DNA elimination.

Nitin Jain, associate professor in BCMB, has decided to leave our department to pursue opportunities in the private sector related to education. Good luck Nitin!

Links between BCMB and Oak Ridge National Labs continue to grow. Most recently, DOE-EERE funded a partnership between ORNL and UT Knoxville to build an interdisciplinary workforce in emerging energy science and technology and included Professor Albrecht von Arnim from BCMB as a co-PI.

Professor Albrecht von Arnim from BCMB and Professor Frank Loeffler from the Department of Microbiology are leading a team to develop a pooled saliva testing program to track COVID-19 in the student population at the UT-Knoxville. Read the full story online.

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