Developmental Biology Alliance Spring Symposium

We really enjoyed the Developmental Biology Alliance Spring Symposium last week! The DBA is an interdisciplinary group at UGA that has a common interest in all things developmental biology - from tissue patterning to neurogenesis to stem cell biology to organogenesis (and more!). We had an excellent keynote address by Dr. Marty Cohn from the University of Florida. RRG lab graduate students presented posters and we all enjoyed excellent talks from DBA grad students and postdocs. We also enjoyed being with our colleagues and chatting about new ideas for several projects. Such a fun event and we’re already looking forward to the fall symposium!

First RRG lab dinner

We had a potluck to celebrate the end (almost) of the academic year, which was a busy and eventful one for the RRG lab. We had some great BBQ from Pulaski Heights and lab members brought lots of yummy food, too. My daughter was especially excited to have “Mommy’s students” come to her house and I’m grateful that my students were willing to play “Guess what animal I am.” Thanks to all of these awesome folks for doing science with me.

From L to R: Jennifer, Britessia, Garrett, Tulip, Alicia, Yamini, Lauren & RRG.  (Not pictured: Jada & Princess)

From L to R: Jennifer, Britessia, Garrett, Tulip, Alicia, Yamini, Lauren & RRG. (Not pictured: Jada & Princess)

CURO Symposium 2019

Our undergraduate students presented their work at the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Symposium at the Classic Center in Athens, GA this week. They did a great job sharing their work, answering questions, and demonstrating their growth as scientists and scholars over the past several semesters. I’m so proud to see students doing the hard work of scientific research and then working hard to communicate their results and ideas to our research community. Great job!

Lauren and Yamini smiling after an oral presentation of their research.

Lauren and Yamini smiling after an oral presentation of their research.

Princess happy with her first poster presentation!

Princess happy with her first poster presentation!

Jada explaining planarians to her audience.

Jada explaining planarians to her audience.

Alicia showing her new results to the crowd.

Alicia showing her new results to the crowd.

Front row: Yamini & Princess.  Back row: Garrett, Tulip, Jennifer, Lauren, and Rachel.  Great crew!

Front row: Yamini & Princess. Back row: Garrett, Tulip, Jennifer, Lauren, and Rachel. Great crew!

Great job, Jennifer!

Graduate student Jennifer Jenkins competed in the finals of the 3 Minute Thesis competition at Cine this week. It was a tough competition, with lots of excellent UGA graduate students sharing their thesis work. She did a great job sharing her work and explaining our research objectives to her audience! Excellent work!

Jennifer telling her audience all about planarians in just a few minutes!

Jennifer telling her audience all about planarians in just a few minutes!

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Gearing up for CURO

The undergraduate students in the lab are preparing their talks and posters for the upcoming Undergraduate Research Symposium, hosted by the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO). Our students will be presenting April 8-9 at the Classic Center in Athens, GA. Hope to see you there!

Princess Dikko - Monday 4/8, 4:30-6:30 PM Poster #366
Alicia May - Tuesday 4/9, 9:30-10:45 AM Room I
Yamini Chavan & Lauren Thompson - Tuesday 4/9, 11 AM-12:15 PM Room D
Jada Summerville - Tuesday 4/9, 2-3:15 PM Room H