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  • December 2023 – Caleb graduates with an MS in Biotechnology. Congrats Caleb!
Caleb graduates
  • December 2 – 6, 2023 – Caleb, Lindsey, Farimah and Danny attend Cellbio 2023 (ASCB|EMBO) in Boston, MA to present posters of their research projects.
  • November 15, 2023 – Mokbil delivers a seminar entitled “Autoinhibition Mechanism of Kinesin-2 Function” as part of the MCB seminar series.
  • October 20, 2023 – Farimah, Lindsey, Danny, Martin, Shivani, and Mokbil travel to Chicago for an afternoon of talks and networking at the Chicago Cytoskeleton mini-conference. Martin gives a talk entitled “Characterization of the disease-causing mechanisms of KIF3b mutations from ciliopathy patients.”
  • October 6, 2023 – Dr. Alrazi visits the lab and presents a special seminar entitled “Novel Photochromic Compound Inhibits Mitotic Kinesin Eg5 in Multiple Isomerization States.”
  • September 29, 2023 – Danny presents and outlook on his thesis project as part of the NP seminar series.
  • September 22, 2023 – Caleb delivers his public thesis defense seminar entitled “Characterization of the Autoinhibition Mechanism of the Heterodimeric kinesin-2 motor protein KIF3A/KIF3B” as part of the NP seminar series.
  • August 2023 – Mohammad Al Mokbil (goes by Mokbil) and Shivani Batra join the team. Welcome, you guys!
  • July 2023 – Omid leaves the lab to start his Ph.D. program at Purdue University. All the best for your research, and farewell, Omid!
  • July 26, 2023 – Martin gives his second talk in the MiQ seminar series entitelled “Characterization of the disease-causing mechanisms of KIF3b mutations from ciliopathy patients.”
  • July 19, 2023 – The Manna, Engelke, and Kim labs receive one of the newly introduced ARCS grant from the provost office of Illinois State University. We received $200,000.00 for two years for the collaborative “Development of an apical TIRF-illumination super-resolution microscope for cell biology research.
  • July 5, 2023 – I am thrilled that to proposal from @EngelkeLab to an open call from @AI4LifeTeam was selected. We look forward to working with AI experts to develop a strategy for automatically detecting and measuring primary cilia in epifluorescence images of cultured cells.
  • May 22, 2023 – Martin visit’s a friend at Lawrence University, WI and gives a seminar entitelled “Protein Engineering Illuminates the Regulation and Function of Kinesin-2 Motors.”
  • May 2023 – Jesu graduates and leave the lab. All the best and farewell, Jesu!
  • May 2023 – Lindsey Margewich joins the team. Welcome, Lindsey!
  • May 2023 – Ayoola graduates with an MS in Biotechnology. Congrats Ayoola! She joins the Nursing program at ISU to obtain an MS in Nursing.
Ayoola graduates
  • April 25, 2023 – Danny and Caleb win R.D. Weigel Research Grants to support their research projects with $1250 and $1000, respectively. Congrats Danny and Caleb!
  • April 2023 – Caleb wins a Phi Sigma Poster Presentation prize for his poster presentation at the Symposium and the prestigious $500 University Club Scholarship. Congrats Caleb!
Caleb receives his University Club Scholarship award.
  • March 24, 2023 – Students from the lab present posters at the annual Phi Sigma Research Symposium.
  • March 15 – 17, 2023 – Students from the Vidal-Gadea lab and Danny attend the Advances in Skeletal Muscle Biology In Health and Disease Conference on the University of Florida campus Gainesville, FL. Danny presents a poster of his research project.
Eye of Leica, Caleb Sawe (Graduate Student)
  • January 2023 – Omid, Farimah, and Annabelle join the team. Welcome, you guys!
  • December 03 – 07, 2022 – Martin attends Cellbio 2022 (ASCB|EMBO) in Washington, D.C. to present the project of Skye, Jordyn, and Ronith.
  • October 21, 2022 – Jesu, Danny, Caleb, and Martin travel to Chicago for an afternoon of networking and listening to fascinating talks at the Chicago Cytoskeleton mini-conference.
  • September 22, 2022 – Caleb wins a $420 BirdFEEDER grant to support his research project. Congrats Caleb!
  • September 2022 – Martin receives a Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS) to study the function and regulation of kinesin-2 in cells.
  • September 2022 – Skye leaves the lab. All the best and farewell, Skye! Jesu and Annekathryn join the team. Welcome, you guys!
  • August 2022 – Ronith returns to his undergraduate studies at Purdue University, and Jordyn, who graduated in May, leaves the lab. All the best and farewell! Jordyn, congratulations on your graduation!
  • July 26 – 29, 2022 – Martin attends the EMBO Laboratory Leadership Course for Group Leaders at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.
  • June 26 – 30, 2022 – Ayoola, Caleb, and Martin attend the FASEB ‘The Biology of Cilia and Flagella Conference’ in Tuscan, Arizona. Ayoola and Caleb present posters of their research projects. Martin helps organize the ‘Meet-the-expert session’ and presents a poster and talk about the data from the USRF students Skye, Jordyn, and Ronith.
  • May 31, 2022– Ronith Dasari joins the lab, and Jordyn Reid and Skye Rogers continue in the lab for 8 weeks as 2022 USRF fellows. They will work on the characterization of disease-causing mutations in the motor protein subunit KIF3B.
  • May 14, 2022 – Skye wins the prestigious $1000 Borst Scholarship. Congrats Skye!
  • May 14, 2022 – Caleb wins a $500 Rilett Award to present a poster at the Biology of Cilia and Flagella Conference in Tucson, AZ. Congrats Caleb!
  • May 2022 – Sam graduates and leaves the lab to work in R&D at ADM via Actalent/Aerotek in Decatur, IL. Congrats Sam!
  • April 15, 2022 – Danny wins a $500 R.D. Weigel Research Grant to support his research project. Congrats Danny!
  • April 15, 2022 – “Lab excursion” to the Chicago Cytoskeleton conference.
  • April 01, 2022 – The student organization Phi Sigma organized a Trivia event, which we attended!
Mental warm-up to compete in TRIVIA
  • March 10, 2022 – Martin just received these neat batches from eLife
  • February 25, 2022 – The student organization Phi Sigma put together a fantastic symposium for our department. Students from the Engelke lab presented the following posters and a talk:
    Sam: Poster title: “Mapping the Amino Acid Sequences in the Coiled-Coil Domain that Mediate Dimerization of the KIF3A/KIF3B Motor”
    Skye: Poster title: “Characterization of two ciliopathy-causing mutations in the KIF3B motor protein”
    Caleb: Talk title: “Heterodimeric kinesin-2 autoinhibition: molecular features and biological function”
  • February 7, 2022 – Anna Roseland joins the team. Welcome Anna!
  • January 10, 2022 – Danny Marchiafava joins the team. Welcome Danny!
December 15, 2021Before heading into the well-deserved winter break, the lab convened for a fierce Bowling competition followed by a relaxing lunch. Have a great break, everyone!
  • December 10, 2021 – Hailey leaves the lab. Farewell Hailey!
  • October 14, 2021 – Ayoola was selected by the ISU Graduate School as a Lela Winegarner Fellow. Congrats Ayo!
  • September 2021 – Alex leaves the lab. All the best for your studies towards a Master’s in Education Alex and farewell!
  • September 9, 2021 – Hailey joins the team. Welcome Hailey!
  • September 2021 – Jordyn and Skye return as undergraduate researcher to the lab. Welcome!
July 21, 2021USRF students imaging the expression of the kinesin mutants that they cloned on the Leica SP8 confocal microscope in the core facility of the School of Biological Sciences
June 9, 2021 – First part of USRF – Cloning, CLONING, C L O N I N G!!!
May 5, 2021 – After finishing a successful semester it was time for a lab lunch/picnic on the ISU quad
  • April 29, 2021 – Ayoola wins a $750 R.D. Weigel Research Grant to support her research project. Congrats Ayo!
  • April 23, 2021 – Rahul Korrapati, Jordyn Reid, and Skye Rogers were selected as 2021 USRF fellows from a pool of competitive undergraduate students. Congratulations! They will join the lab for two month this summer to study the regulation of kinesin-2 in mammalian cells.
  • April 8, 2021 – Sam wins 2nd place ($100 travel allowance) in the undergraduate poster presentation competition at the Phi Sigma symposium. Congrats Sam!
  • January 4, 2021 – Ayoola joins the team. Welcome Ayoola!
  • December 2020 – Carly graduates. Congratulations!
  • September 2020 – Samuel joins the team. Welcome Sam!
  • August 2020 – Carly joins the team. Welcome Carly!
  • August 2020 – Teague joins the team. Welcome Teague!
June 12, 2020 – Alex tests our brand new Keyence BZ-X810 scope

All-in-One Fluorescence Microscope BZ-X800

  • June 01, 2020 – Alex joins the team. Welcome Alex!
  • Spring 2020 – Mazen and Chris graduate. Congratulations!
  • January 13, 2020 – Mazen joins the team. Welcome Mazen!
Foto showing redecoration of laboratory
Nov 27, 2019 – The lab is up and running- just before a well-deserved Thanksgiving break!
  • Sep 09, 2019 – Chris joins the team. Welcome Chris!
  • Sep 01, 2019 – Jessica joins the team. Welcome Jessica!
  • Aug 16, 2019 – Martin moves into his office in SLB 341

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