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Another professional school acceptance!

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.

Graduate students defend and move on

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.



Coffin Lab members accepted to professional school!

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.

Welcome Dr. Lawton!

The Coffin Lab welcomes Dr. Kristy Lawton, who joined the lab July 1st as a postdoctoral fellow. Kristy will study the cellular mechanisms of noise-induced hearing loss, supported by an R21 grant from the NIDCD.

Support Erin’s Veterans hike!

Congratulation to Erin Cooper for completing her neuroscience B.S. this month! Erin is a four-tour combat Veteran embarking on a new adventure; hiking for science. This summer, Erin will lead a group of Veterans on a hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Along the way she will collect saliva samples to examine stress hormones and other biochemical elements in their hiking group. Long-term, Erin wants to pursue a PhD in neuroscience, with a focus on understanding how hiking and other extreme exercise can help Veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD. Visit Erin’s Gofundme site to support her hike and research efforts!

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.