The lab has a new graduate student now. Welcome Raina Rhoades! Raina is beginning to investigate some of the suppressors that came out of the 2014 wee-1.3(RNAi) suppression screen paper.
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!
It seems Ruby did an awesome job both in making her HU Research Day poster and presenting her data! She once again won an award for her poster in the Biological & Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Category. Congrats Ruby! Keep up the good work.
Anna’s paper that completes her post-doctoral work was recently published in G3: Genes Genomes Genetic in December 2014. Take a look if you have a chance!
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 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.
The Allen lab decided to join the modern world and now have our own lab website set up. Check back here frequently for updates on the lab, the research, and the people.