All posts by Anna Allen

Ruby wins a FASEB Travel Award

Ruby won a travel award through FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) and the MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) program to fund her travel to the 2015 International C. elegans meeting in Los Angeles, California this summer.

We are very proud of her!

HU Research Day 2015

On Thursday, April 16th, Howard University celebrated its annual Research Day.  Both Ruby and Michelle participated in the day by giving poster presentations.  Dr. Allen didn’t present this year, but instead judged some of the posters.

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Welcome Michelle and Sam!

The Allen lab has welcomed two new graduate students to the lab this past week.

Michelle obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas in 2010.  She has some familiarity with C. elegans because while at TCU she participated in a research project that used C. elegans to determine the best way to induce mutations via EMS.  After her undergraduate, she worked as a Research Associate at MedImmune in Gaithersburg, MD  for a year.   Now she starting to get reacquainted with the worm and gearing up to start her own thesis work.

Sam obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia in 2011.  While at VUU he conducted research in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Gronert at neighboring VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University), where he analyzed substitution and elimination reaction mechanisms of polysubstituted benzenes.  Now in a worm laboratory, Sam is beginning to familiarize himself with all the various worm techniques we utilize on a daily basis.



Dr. Allen receives HU-ADVANCE IT mini-grant

Dr. Allen just received her second Mini-Grant through the Howard University ADVANCE-IT program!

HU ADVANCE-IT supports women in STEM faculty through Education, Advocacy, and Empowerment.  This is a $3.4 million dollar ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance the careers of women faculty in STEM.   The leadership team at HU consists of Dr. Sonya T. Smith (PI), Dr. Paula Whetsel-Ribeau (Co-PI), Dr. Cynthia Winston (Co-PI), Ms. Cherise Rhyns (Co-PI), and Ms. Leshell Hatley (Program Manager).  The Mini-Grants are designed to provide seed money to women faculty to help their research and ultimately help in their faculty advancement.