All in a day’s work…

Garrett hosts NOVA’s Halal on the Lawn, then gives a talk on the lncRNA he discovered; Andrea does supply runs, then gives a talk on multiplexing schizophrenia risk genes with CRISPR; Elise handles donation logistics, and attends both talks! And at the end of a good day’s work, the lab celebrates Alex’s birthday.

Corinne Martin joins the team as the lab’s first Nathan Schnaper Intern!

Corinne Martin, a rising sophomore majoring in Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, joined the lab as part of the Nathan Schnaper Intern Program in Translational Cancer Research (NSIP).

Corinne is working on the genetic intersections between neoplasia and brain development, mining patient genome databases and using in vivo genome editing to probe effects on brain circuit development.

Congrats to Bek and Alex for Postdoctoral Fellow Excellence in Mentorship and Teacher of the Year Awards!

Bek Altas and Alex Poulopoulos were Awarded by the Graduate School of Life Sciences with the 2020 Postdoctoral Fellow Excellence in Mentorship Award and Teacher of the Year Award, a lab dynamic duo in mentorship!!!

Look out for these PouLab super stars at UNC and UCSF !

And now some good news for a change… BIG CONGRATS to Marilyn Steyert and Uriel Jean-Baptist for cleaning house on their graduate school applications!

Come next semester, Marilyn will be a PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Program at UC San Francisco, and Uriel will be a PhD student in the Biological & Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP) at UNC Chapel Hill. We will miss you both, and you both will make us proud!


The Lab goes to Chicago…

(photo by T. Soykan)

The lab has fun recreating Raphael’s “The School of Athens” in Chicago, while presenting at the 2019 meeting of the Society for Neuroscience!

Ryan, Marilyn, and Jeffrey unveiled their new approach to high efficiency in vivo genome engineering with in situ CRISPR:!/7883/presentation/65807

Bek, Andrea, Noury, and Uriel debuted their findings on how a mutation in a family with intellectual disability affects the dynactin complex and cortical circuit wiring:!/7883/presentation/66733

Alex presented new findings on how phosphorylation of Neuroligin adhesion molecules determines synapse specificities:!/7883/presentation/58703

And how reciprocal adhesion gradient matching guides the development of cortical circuitry:!/7883/presentation/63936

… and Garrett stashed us some sweet top-shelf probes…