Bolie Family Endowment for the Molecular Biology Graduate Program

In 2012, the Bolie Family established the Victor W. and Earleen Bolie Graduate Scholarship fund, which is dedicated to pre-doctoral training in the Molecular Biology Graduate Program. This generous endowment enables our program to fund training activities that enhance the scientific and professional development of our trainees. Each year we use the Bolie Graduate Scholarship funds to fund:

Bolie Travel Award. Each trainee in Molecular Biology Graduate Program receives one of these awards during their pre-doctoral training, which enables them to travel to national or international conferences and present their work.

Bolie Mini-Sabbatical. The Bolie Mini-Sabbatical enables pre-doctoral trainees to travel for 1-2 weeks to a laboratory outside University of Colorado to learn new techniques and experimental approaches that expand their training beyond the expertise of their thesis laboratory.

Bolie Scholar Award. Each year, three Bolie Scholar Awards are given to outstanding senior pre-doctoral trainees in recognition of their scientific and educational contributions.

Meet the Bolie Scholars for 2020-2021!

Kristin Dahl

I am the middle child in a family of five children and we grew up in Corrales, New Mexico. While I was in high school, my family and I moved to Canal Winchester, Ohio. I attended the Ohio State University as an undergraduate and earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. The most impactful class that I attended was Animal Communications, which focused on the molecular and biophysical components of animal behavior and communication. While I was an undergraduate student, I worked in a research lab as a student researcher in addition to stocking produce at a local grocery store; I also worked as an intern in the Air Toxics Unit of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. When I was not working or studying, I volunteered as a community organizer with the Mid-Ohio Workers Association. After I graduated from university, I worked as a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Adam Sarkar. In Dr. Sarkar’s lab, we used atomic force microscopy to study the biophysical properties of proteins associated with brain pathology. After two years of working as a research assistant, my husband and I moved to China to teach English at 长春师范学院 (Changchun Normal University) in Jilin province. After one year of teaching, I moved to Colorado and worked as a research assistant in Dr. Chad Pearson’s lab. I was very interested in working on the model organism Dr. Pearson used in his lab, Tetrahymena thermophilia. My child was born six years ago while I was working as a research assistant and, about two years later, I started grad school at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in the Molecular Biology program. I currently live in Aurora with my family.

When I am not in lab, I enjoy gardening in my back yard. My family and I hike and camp in the mountains. I also ride my bike around the front range and enjoy reading fiction and non-fiction books.

Cayla Jewett

I am a sixth year graduate student in Rytis Prekeris' lab interested in the interplay between trafficking pathways and cytoskeletal networks that help cells polarize. My primary project focuses on a novel Rab pathway that is required for cortical actin and plasma membrane rearrangements prior to primary ciliogenesis. We have linked these cortical rearrangements with centrosome migration to the cell surface and identified a protein complex that regulates this pathway. We hope that this mechanistic understanding behind a new cytoskeletal clearing and membrane partitioning step during polarization and ciliogenesis will find broader significance in other polarized cell types.

When not in the lab, pre-COVID activities included rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and travelling. Although the Colorado outdoors have temporarily been replaced with sewing, crocheting, gardening, and baking. I am honored to be awarded the Bolie scholarship during my final year of graduate school, after which I would like to go on to do a postdoc.

James Till

I am a Colorado native who went on to study piano performance and biology at Florida Gulf Coast University. Outside of science, I enjoy rock climbing, tabletop gaming, violin, and piano. I also promote inclusion and recognition of LGBTQ+ identities in the sciences and higher education with the oSTEM chapter at Anschutz Medical Campus.

I joined the Molecular Biology program in 2016 and the lab of Andrés Vázquez-Torres in 2017. I study metabolic determinants of translational fidelity and how they are influenced by host-pathogen interactions. My research is particularly focused on how the bactericidal effects of aminoglycosides are abrogated when modifications to the electron transport chain are potentiated by nanomolar fluxes of nitric oxide.