Whew! What a busy few weeks it has been in the R-G lab. A brief update:
Ben and Christina finished up Rotation 1 with us and were able to get some interesting preliminary results about cell fate choices in the absence of a gene we’re studying (for a paper we’re finishing up). They presented their work and hopefully learned a few things about planarians.
Tulip and Kathy are both rotating with us during this 6-wk period. They are working on some more neurobiology-oriented projects, since they are both interested in the UGA Neuroscience Program. I’m enjoying having them in the lab and hopefully they’ll get some cool results, too!
Our undergrads are moving things along and are taking some steps toward independence this semester, which is exciting for me!
Jennifer has been working on an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship proposal and has firmed up plans for her thesis project.
Britessia has been hugely helpful in helping to get big lab jobs done and organized (like liver prep shown below!). Rays of praise for Britessia!
I have been writing a lot, and have submitted several grants in the past month: NIH MIRA-ESI, Sloan Foundation, Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D. I also submitted a letter of intent for the Whitehall Foundation. I’m excited about the work we’re doing and the work we’re proposing. So fingers crossed we get some support and good feedback from these efforts. A special thinks to my colleagues, the Office of Proposal Enhancement and the Sponsored Projects Administration offices at UGA who have helped me navigate grants from scientific, writing, and administrative sides! And thanks to my writing buddy, Dr. Amanda Frossard, who has helped me with a great writing practice over the past 6 months!