Nicole joins the lab!

We are excited to officially (finally) welcome our very first graduate student, Nicole Shona Dawney, to the lab. A native of the Isle of Sheppey, a tropical paradise off the coast of Kent, Nicole earned her undergraduate degree at the University of York, then spent a couple of years in research at the University of Cambridge.

Nicole’s top-secret project will be to study cell division and the control of spindle orientation in intestinal organoids.

Congratulations Holly!

We are super happy for our friend Holly Lovegrove, who has been awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship to support her work on cell division in vertebrate cells and tissues. This prestigious award reflects the judgement of a distinguished panel of scientists, who correctly concluded that Holly is great.

Lab Warming Party

Our friends and colleagues joined us on Friday to help celebrate our new lab space. Nicole and Tyler sorted out most of the party food, which included Mitotic Spindle Cupcakes and Pineapple Cheddar Hedgehogs representing (roughly) the shape of Dan’s head.

News from the Lab

We’re very pleased to have been awarded a Pilot Grant from the University of Rochester Medical Center to support our work in organoids.

We’re also happy to welcome Allison, our newest lab member. Allison will be working with Nicole to generate tagged proteins in Drosophila using CRISPR-mediated genome editing.