Introducing Dutch, honorary Coffin Lab member. Dutch’s puppy energy brings joy (and some damage) to the home of his people, graduate student Alexandria Hudson and her husband Clay Hudson. Despite being adorable, Dutch isn’t allowed in the lab – he would break something!
Congrats to intern Rahul Ram, a junior at Camas High School and the winner of the 2018 SW Washington Science and Engineering Fair. Rahul works with undergraduate Robby Boney and former PhD student Dr. Phil Uribe to understand how protein evolution may influence hearing regeneration. Rahul will compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburg this May.
Great work also to intern Abigail Jiang, also a junior at Camas High School. Abby works with former MS student Tamasen Hayward to understand how stress influences hearing loss in zebrafish. Great job to both Rahul and Abby!
Our lab holiday party was a success this year! We wrapped mountains of presents for a family in need, courtesy of the Christmas Family Adoption Foundation, ate too much food, and enjoyed hanging out together. Thanks to Tamasen and her husband Daniel for hosting!
Congratulations to undergraduate Sterling Gray on his acceptance to dental school at the University of Washington. Sterling will graduate from WSU Vancouver in December 2017 and begin dental school next summer.
It’s been a busy month for the Coffin Lab!
Congratulations to Dr. Phillip Uribe for his successful defense of his dissertation work on molecular mechanisms of drug- and noise-induced hair cell death and protection. Phil is now a research scientist with Otonomy, a San Diego-based drug development company.
Congratulations are also in order to Ms. Tamasen Hayward, who successfully defended her M.S. thesis work examining glucocorticoid signaling and drug-induced hair cell death. Tamasen will use her research background as a high school biology teacher at Firm Foundation Christian School in Battle Ground, Washington.
Congratulations to lab manager Beija Villalpando on her acceptance to multiple medical schools! Beija is still weighing her options before selecting the right school for her. Congratulations are also in order to former lab member Nicki Smith, who was recently accepted to Physician’s Assistant school at OHSU. Best of luck to both women in their careers as health care professionals.
Congratulations to undergraduate researcher Robby Boney for his Auvil research award. This highly competitive award will help support Robby’s work in protein evolution and hair cell regeneration.
The Coffin lab welcomes Gavin Lockard, a new undergraduate researcher joining the lab this term.
Congratulations to Coffin Lab PhD student Alex Camino and Clay Hudson (PhD student, OHSU) on their wedding this summer. We’re excited for your life together as the future Dr. and Dr. Hudson!
Research is important, but so is having fun. This July several Coffin Lab members took a day off to enjoy the scenic beauty of June Lake and Mt. St. Helens.