Alumni Update - Victoria DeMichel
Congratulations to lab alum Victoria DeMichel on her new position with Edward-Elmhurst Health! Best of luck in this exciting new opportunity!
First M.S. Awarded
Congratulations to Pooja for becoming the first student from the lab to complete her M.S.! Now we will work on getting Pooja's thesis project published in the coming months. In related news, congratulations to Pooja for becoming the lab's first Ph.D. student. We are very excited that Pooja will be with us for a few more years!
Some very exciting news, Basheer Becerra has been named a 2018-2019 Bone Scholar. The Bone Scholarship is the highest award given to Illinois State University students, so we are all very excited for Basheer. You can read more about it here
New Collaboration with the Mennonite College of Nursing
We have just begun an exciting new project with Dr. Susana Calderon, Assistant Professor of Nursing, and Maria Castiblanco, an undergraduate nursing student, looking at links between microbiota and oral health.
Mary is Heading to Med School!
Congratulations to Mary, who has been accepted to the University of Kansas Medical School!
New Graduate Student for Fall 2018
This Fall Eva Gunawan will be joining the lab as a student in the M.S. program. Welcome Eva!
Alumni Update - Joel Wheeler
Joel is currently working on his M.S. in the Molecular Biology Department at Southern Illinois University. His research there is focused on studying mitochondrial toxicity in human cell lines. Joel was one of the first students to join in the lab, so it is really exciting to see his success!
Congrats to Kaitie, Nick, Doug, Tiger, Senam and Victoria: Illinois State University Class of 2018!
Honors Thesis Defense
Victoria successfully defended her Honors Thesis and will graduate with honors. Victoria's project focused on the role of immune receptors in autoimmunity in Drosophila, and was presented at the 2017 Phi Sigma Research Symposium and the University Research Symposium. Congrats Victoria!
Phi Sigma Spring Banquet
Phi Sigma held their annual Spring Banquet at Reality on Monroe in downtown Bloomington. It was a very successful event and we all had a great time. Congrats to Ashley and Chris for winning TA awards, and to Nate for being named Outstanding Mockford/Thompson Reviewer.
2018 Phi Sigma Research Symposium
Emma, Josh, Ashley and Pooja all presented posters at this year's Phi Sigma Research Symposium. Pooja won 1st place in the poster competition!
Summer at CSHL
Basheer has been accepted into the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology summer research program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Congratulations Basheer, it sounds like a great way to spend the summer!
ANNA Research Grant
Great news for our collaborators SeonYoon Chung in the Mennonite College of Nursing and Jennifer Barnes in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. They have been awarded a Research Grant from the American Nephrology Nurses Association, and we are excited to help out with the bioinformatic analysis.
Major Research Instrumentation Grant from NSF
Nate was part of a group, along with PI Laura Vogel and fellow co-PIs Rachel Bowden and Ben Sadd, that was awarded an MRI Grant from NSF to purchase a high-speed fluorescence activated cell sorter. Read more about it here
FlyCAGE in the Spotlight
The InterMine blog recently interviewed Basheer about his work developing FlyCAGE, a new bioinformatics tool for analyzing correlation of gene expression. Read all about it here.
We are also looking for usage testers ahead of the big launch, so if you are interested please get in touch.
Mary successfully defended her honors thesis entitled "Developing an In vitro Assay for Analyzing Jak-Stat Pathway Activity in Drosophila" and graduated with honors at the December graduation ceremony. Now she's off for a great study abroad experience in Mexico!
2017 Midwest Drosophila Conference
Several members of the lab traveled to Monticello, IL for the 2017 Midwest Drosophila Conference. Kaitie gave a talk on her collaborative project with the Vrailas Mortimer lab
, and Josh, Chris, Pooja and Ashley all presented posters on their research.
2017 Biomathematics Symposium
The 2017 International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education and Research (BEER) was held at Illinois State University, and Nate organized a Genomics and Bioinformatics Mini-symposium as part of the conference. Basheer (FlyCAGE) and Nate (Wasp Venom Genomics) both gave talks highlighting the Bioinformatics research going on in the lab.
GEP Paper Published in G3
The latest paper from the Genomics Education Partnership has been published in G3: Genes, Genomics, Genetics
. Give it a read.
Congrats to Alec and Danny: Illinois State University Class of 2017!
Congratulations to Mary, who has been named a 2017-2018 Robert G. Bone Scholar! The Bone Scholarship is the highest award given to undergraduate students at Illinois State University, and we are proud of Mary, a very deserving recipient of this honor! Read more about it here.
Congratulations to Ashley, who has been awarded a Mockford/Thompson Summer Fellowship. This highly competitive award will support Ashley's research during the summer.
Nate has been awarded a resource allocation grant from the NSF-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. This allocation will support our work on parasitoid wasp genome assembly and annotation.
Crowd-Sourcing Big Data with Undergraduates
Our review paper describing the Genomics Education Partnership program has been published in Trends in Genetics
. Check it out.
Plant and Animal Genomes Conference
Nate traveled to San Diego for the Plant and Animal Genomes Conference to present a poster on work done by BSC 354 students, and to co-present a poster from GEP. It was tough to leave Central IL for San Diego in January!
Congratulations to Jordann, who graduated in the Winter ceremony!
2016 Midwest Drosophila Conference
Ashley, Josh, Jordann, Brooklynne and Xavier all presented their research at the 2016 Midwest Drosophila Conference. Xavier received a Student Travel Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research to support his travel.
Illinois State University BSSA Symposium
The Illinois State Biological Sciences Student Association held their first Research Symposium. Jordann and Ashley presented posters.
Nate gave a talk at the North American Comparative Immunology Workshop in Charlottetown, PEI. He had a great time at the meeting (and the lobster wasn't bad either!).
Congratulations to Joel Wheeler and Taylor McGee. The first two lab alumni!