This summer flew by. At the end of June, I attended the Developmental Biology Teaching Workshop at the Darling Marine Center in Maine, where I had a ball working with all sorts of critters including stentors and sea urchins and snap dragons! I met some wonderful people and got some great ideas for a fruit fly developmental genetics lab that we’ll do for the first time in BIO 351L (which starts in two weeks!). For most of August, I was in Woods Hole, MA at the MBL organizing and teaching in the zebrafish course. This intensive two-week course is a great place for students and faculty, alike — late nights on the microscope and wide-ranging discussions at the Captain Kidd.
Research in the lab is progressing. Four students this summer were able to move things forward. Terra, Audrey, Amanuel, Ali, and Dayna all contributed long hours to generate new data about the connections between TGF-beta and retinoic acid pathways with proliferation and differentiation in the retina. Stay tuned for some of their data in future posts…or stop by the Summer Science Poster Session, on the 6th of September and check out their work. Here they were taking a well-deserved break at Cloud City on a lovely Portland evening.
And the best news of all — My lab was awarded three grants this summer: a life sciences research grant from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, an R15 award from the National Eye Institute (NIH), and a research equipment grant to purchase a confocal microscope, also from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust.