Allen Lab is recruiting new graduate students!

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 anna.allen@howard.edu. 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!

Fall 2019 = Sabbatical

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!

Gordon Conference Time! Fertilization and Activation of Development

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.

2019 International C. elegans meeting

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!

Welcome Benedict!

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.