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.
Happy holidays from the Coffin Lab to a local family in need! We celebrated the holiday season by adopting a local family through the Christmas Family Adoption Foundation, then gathered together for holidays snacks and a gift-wrapping party.
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.
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.
Check out our latest research on quinoline ring derivatives as protective agents in aminoglycoside-related hearing loss. The paper by lab members Matthew Kruger and Robby Boney was published last week in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. Our co-authors are Dr. Joe Trapani and members of his lab at Amherst College.
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!
Coffin Lab members Phil Uribe, Tamasen Hayward, Alexandria Camino, Robby Boney, and Valentin Kochenkov spent part of spring break attending the Northwest Developmental Biology meeting at Friday Harbor. Phil, Tamasen, and Robby all presented posters, with Robby winning the “people’s choice” award for the clearest poster presentation. Congratulations Robby!
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 Otolaryngology. WSU Vancouver had an outstanding showing at this international conference, with 13 faculty, staff, and students attending from 3 labs.
Congratulations 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!
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.