Rotation #1 begins and undergrads return!

We are welcoming new students to the University of Georgia this week.  We have a new crop of Integrated Life Science graduate students that we're happy to welcome on campus.  I took part in "Neuroscience Day" on Friday and the Cellular Biology Retreat on Saturday, both of which partly function as events to recruit students from the ILS to labs in these programs.  

We have two rotation students who are joining us for the next 6 weeks - Ben and Christina - they'll be following up on some of our previous results and trying to find targets for a couple of transcription factors we're interested in, which will hopefully help us to finish up a publication.  Welcome to the lab and I hope it will be a fun few weeks!

We have 5 returning undergraduate students, who started in the lab last spring or summer.  So welcome back to Jada, Lauren, Yamini, Princess, and Alicia!

International Planarian Meeting 2018

RRG enjoyed a week of great science with even greater colleagues at the International Planarian Meeting in Madison, WI (hosted by Melanie and Phil of the Newmark Lab - Morgridge Institute -  and Jochen Rink - Max Planck Institute).  Lots of wonderful science that we're looking forward to reading in print.  Polarity, stem cells, connections to parasitic flatworms, etc.  Exciting stuff and inspiring ideas to bring back to the lab!


 RRG with buddies/colleagues Dr. Melanie Issigonis and Dr. John Brubacher.  Reunited!

RRG with buddies/colleagues Dr. Melanie Issigonis and Dr. John Brubacher.  Reunited!

 I love the WI planarian logo...

I love the WI planarian logo...

 Awesome planarian cakes by T. Chong!

Awesome planarian cakes by T. Chong!

 Lake Mendota - Madison, WI

Lake Mendota - Madison, WI

End-of-summer presentations

Jada, Alicia, and Princess presented their summer research in lab meeting today.  They described the experiments they have been performing and also gave background on their projects.  They fielded some questions (some of them tough!) and did a great job.  Days like this are some of the most fun for me, because it is such a gift to watch talented students work hard and grow!


 Jada, Princess, Alicia, and Lauren - Still smiling after their research presentations at lab meeting!

Jada, Princess, Alicia, and Lauren - Still smiling after their research presentations at lab meeting!

 Lab selfie - Summer 2018!

Lab selfie - Summer 2018!

Look!

The undergrads have been busy this summer, learning everything from pipetting and making their own buffers... all the way up to in situ hybridization and RNAi!  Lauren also made some progress in getting a couple of immunofluorescence protocols off the ground.  Cheers to the undergrads!


 ISH courtesy of Alicia

ISH courtesy of Alicia

 IF courtesy of Lauren

IF courtesy of Lauren

 ISH courtesy of Princess

ISH courtesy of Princess

 ISH courtesy of Jada

ISH courtesy of Jada

Summer in the R-G lab

We had a new lab member join in June, with undergraduate student Jada beginning her research experience in the lab.  Alicia and Princess continued their research in June, working on some RNAi and finishing up some of their experiments.  The undergraduate crew will present their work at lab meeting in late July.  All 3 summer students have been thoughtful, enthusiastic, and hard-working.  So it has been my pleasure to have them in the lab!

I have been writing some and moving some grants forward on multiple fronts.  I have been very grateful to have received good advice, example proposals, support, etc. from my colleagues at UGA and beyond.  That makes a hard job (getting funding) more enjoyable and manageable.

Jennifer (graduate student) and Britessia (technician) have continued chipping away at their projects through the summer.  Jennifer had her first committee meeting this month and we are both really glad to have such excellent scientists and mentors on her "team!"  (Jim Lauderdale, Cordula Schulz, and Doug Menke-- thanks all!)

We already have a few graduate students lined up for rotations in the fall.  I am REALLY looking forward to having them rotate in the lab and launch some new projects.  The rotations will be fast, but hopefully fun and productive!  Fall's around the corner!