Biology PhD student Jenny Heppert (Bob Goldstein’s lab) and coauthors just published a quantitative assessment of several popular fluorescent protein tags in C. elegans, reporting which tags work best in vivo—the first such comparison in an animal model system. The paper is titled “Comparative assessment of fluorescent proteins for in vivo imaging in an animal model system” and will be part of a special issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell on Quantitative Cell Biology. READ MORE >>
Congratulations to Zack Nimchuk’s lab, which was awarded a 5-year NIH MIRA (Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award) grant totaling 1.2 million dollars. This 5-year grant award will make it possible for the lab to study the function of how receptor kinases and their ligands control development and stem cell regulation in plants.
Professor Gregory P. Copenhaver and Adjunct Professor Hong Ma (primary appointment at Fudan University in Shanghai) have published a review in Science Bulletin entitled “New insights into the role of DNA Synthesis in meiotic recombination”. DNA synthesis is required during meiotic recombination (which is required for proper chromosome segregation), but relatively little is understood about the specific factors that fulfill this requirement. The review focuses on recent advances in characterizing these processes at a molecular level. READ MORE >>
Congratulations to Kevin Byrd, a graduate student in the Scott Williams lab, who is the first author on a paper that was published in the August issue of Development, and was featured on the cover. The paper is entitled “LGN plays distinct roles in oral epithelial stratification, filiform papilla morphogenesis and hair follicle development.” Kevin is also under consideration for a five-year Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) from the NIH. READ THE PAPER >>