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Coffin lab members win big at the WSU Vancouver Research Showcase

Congratulations to Coffin lab members for their awards at this year’s WSU Vancouver Research Showcase. Phil Uribe won 1st place in the graduate student oral presentation category, Robby Boney won 1st place for undergraduate oral presentation, and Alexandria Camino won 2nd place for graduate student poster. Great job also to graduate student Tamasen Hayward and undergraduates Sterling Gray and Erin Cooper for their excellent presentations.

Lab member achievements!

Beija graduation 2016
Graduate Beija Robbins, flanked by PhD student Phil Uribe and Dr. Coffin.

Congratulations to Ms. Beija Robbins and Mr. Valentin Kochenkov, members of the 2016 graduating class at WSU Vancouver. Beija received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Valentine his B.S. in Biology. Both will continue working in the lab as research technicians while they each apply to medical school.


Congratulations to Ms. Anna Roche, member of the 2016 graduating class at Camas High School. Anna joined the lab in 2013. She will attend the University of Washington this fall.



Alex's going-away party
Alex’s going-away party

Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Alex Young on his acceptance to medical school! Alex began working in the lab as an undergraduate, then transitioned to a research technician role after his graduation in 2014. Alex has a Navy scholarship to attend the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, AZ.

Phil Uribe wins 3MT!

Phil shakes hands with interim co-provost Erica Austin.
Phil shakes hands with interim co-provost Erica Austin.

Congratulations to doctoral student Phil Uribe on his win at the finals of the WSU 3-minute thesis contest! Phil’s engaging presentation on the dangers of loud noise captivated the judges. Phil will receive a $3,000 travel award. Phil is also the president of the Salmon Speakers Toastmasters club, demonstrating that improving his speaking skills literally paid off. Way to go Phil!

Lab members present at the 2016 ARO meeting

Coffin lab members Phil Uribe (grad student),  Alex Young (research technician),  Beija Villalpando and Robby Boney (undergraduates), and  Anna Roche (high school intern) presented their work at the 2016 mid-winter meeting of the Association for Research in OtolaryngologySlide1. WSU Vancouver had an outstanding showing at this international conference, with 13 faculty, staff, and students attending from 3 labs.

Anna Roche wins Southwest Washington Science and Engineering Fair!

Anna sw sef Feb2016Congratulations to high school intern Ms. Anna Roche for her top finish at the regional Science and Engineering Fair on Feb 27th. Anna presented her research demonstrating that flavonoids extracted from the Ginkgo biloba plant damage zebrafish hair cells by inducing oxidative stress in those cells. Anna moves on to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Arizona this May.  We wish Anna good luck at ISEF!

Hatchery visit

alex at coho hatchery

We’re studying the effect of aquatic pollutants on fish sensory systems, including a collaboration with Drs. John Stark and Jennifer McIntyre at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center. As part of this project, technician Alex Young visited the Grovers Creek salmon hatchery in Poulsbo, WA to harvest embryonic coho salmon.