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.
PhD student Phil Uribe entertained a packed house on Oct 29th at Velo Cult bike shop in Portland, sponsored by NW Noggin. Phil helped the audience understand how we hear, and how we lose our hearing, complemented by an audience participation hair cell dance and visual art by PSU student Kimberly Cordray. Get all the details here!
Undergraduate Beija Robbins was named a 2015 Carson Fellow made possible by the Scott and Linda Carson Undergraduate Research Endowed Excellence Fund at WSU. Congratulations Beija on this prestigious award!
A big Coffin Lab welcome to Ms. Tamasen Hayward and Ms. Alexandria Camino, new M.S. students in the School of Biological Sciences at WSU. Ms. Camino is supported by diversity supplement funds from the NIH.
Congratulations to Matthew Kruger, MS in Zoology, who successfully defended his thesis entitled, “NATURAL COMPOUNDS PROTECT ZEBRAFISH LATERAL LINE SENSORY HAIR CELLS FROM AMINOGLYCOSIDE TOXICITY.” We wish Matthew the best of luck on his cross-country journey as he starts his PhD at the University of Maine.
It’s been a great December for current and former lab members. Congratulations are in order for:
Phil Uribe (Ph.D. student, Neuroscience) passed his preliminary exam and advanced to doctoral candidacy.
Chau Nguyen (B.S. 2013) was accepted to medical school at the University of Washington.
Matthew Kruger (M.S. student, Biology) was accepted to graduate school (PhD) at the University of Maine.
Undergraduates Sarah Neveux and Nicki Smith, and graduate student Phil Uribe, all received travel awards from WSU Vancouver. All three will present their research at the 2015 Association for Research in Otolaryngology mid-winter meeting.
Congratulations to all of them for their success!