The Cerveny Lab ended 2012 with a lot of excitement! We enjoyed our first (and hopefully annual) Chilli dinner at Kara’s house, welcomed Dayna Lamb as our research assistant/lab manager and zebrafish wrangler extraordinaire, and got (hopefully publishable) data from a microscope demo.
The other big news for the end of the year was the expansion of our fish stocks. Once classes and exams were finished, Kara made a quick trip to the Wilson lab at UCL, renewed ties with her collaborators there and made arrangements to import mutant and transgenic fish lines. Thanks to the hard work of Carole Wilson, Jenna Hakkesteeg, and other UCL folks, plus the expedient delivery services of World Courier, Kara and Dayna welcomed almost 1500 zebrafish embryos to our fish facility on Dec 18th! Many of the babies are growing up nicely in our nursery and we hope that in a few short months they’ll be grown up enough to produce eggs for our experiments and lab activities.
Finally, many thanks to all who contributed to a successful 2012 for the CervenyLab blog. In just a few short months, we welcomed over 1000 unique visitors! We hope you’ll stay tuned through 2013 and help us keep spreading Developmental Biology to the world beyond our lab.