The Allen laboratory will have space for a new graduate student (or two) starting in Fall 2020. If you are interested in working in the reproduction field and using the amazing model system C. elegans, please contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have lots of interesting projects to investigate, current funding for that research (thank you NIH and DoD) and a really good local C. elegans community. Baltimore Worm Club rocks!
The Fall 2019 semester is starting a little different this academic year. Anna is off on sabbatical and the lab is moving forward with the research. She will be spending the time writing grants, writing papers (yes- finishing up a review with Michelle that was due awhile ago!), and conducting some experiments over at the National Institutes of Health in Dr. Andy Golden’s lab.
Here’s to a productive Fall 2019 all around!
Michelle made her annual research presentation to the Baltimore Worm Club today. She did a great job presenting her latest and greatest research investigating the role of rpn-12 in sex determination.
Way to go Michelle!
The end of July meant time to head up to Holderness, New Hampshire to attend the 2019 Fertilization and Activation of Development Gordon Research Conference. For this trip, Anna and Benedict made the journey up North. Thankfully, Benedict’s travels were uneventful and he made it to the conference on time. However, Anna hit major travel snafus and ended up arriving a day late after spending an unplanned evening in Boston.
Both Benedict and Anna presented posters at the meeting. Benedict on his recent results with the ETR-1 story and Anna on the proteasome story that is work from Michelle in the lab. This was Benedict’s first ever conference and first presentation, and he rocked it! Looking forward to many more exciting conferences with amazing research presentations in his future.
Anna decided it was time to start learning a little Bioinformatics and took a Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) workshop. Now perhaps she can begin to start to analyze NGS data herself! Wouldn’t that be nice. 😉
In June, Anna and Michelle jetted off to Los Angeles, California to attend the 2019 International C. elegans meeting. It was Michelle’s first time attending, and she had a great time. Both Anna and Michelle presented posters (Anna on the ETR-1 male work in the lab) and Michelle on her proteasome story. Both posters were well received and got lots of good comments and feedback.
Time to get back to the lab and do more experiments!
Anna and Michelle headed off to central Pennsylvania to attend the 2019 MA-SDB meeting. Michelle was selected to give a short oral presentation on her research on the role of specific subunits of the proteasome in reproduction. She gave a fantastic talk! And it was great to hear about all the Developmental biology research going on in our area.
We found out that Michelle’s poster presentation at the 2019 HU Research Symposium earned her a poster prize.
Way to go Michelle!
The Allen lab was strongly represented this year at the 2019 Howard University Research Symposium. We had posters from graduate student Michelle Fernando, and undergraduates India Bradley,Jeandele Elliott, Kyrionna Golliday, and Lakai Legg.
Way to go ladies! You all did an amazing job.
A new graduate student has joined the laboratory. Benedict Quagraine comes to the Allen Lab via the University of Ghana. He received both his Bachelor of Science in Zoology and his Master of Science in Botany from there. Benedict will be taking over the ETR-1 project, and we’re sure will be great strides in deciphering the role of this important RNA-binding protein in hermaphrodite and male reproduction.
Welcome to the lab Benedict.