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Congratulations to Matthew Kruger, MS!

Slide1Congratulations 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.

Admissions and awards for Coffin lab members!

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!

Lab member gets married!

Cassie weddingCongratulations to technician Cassie Black on her recent wedding! Many Coffin lab members came to celebrate with Cassie…and to help with clean up after the celebration.  Best wishes to Cassie and Brent on their life together.

Coffin Lab Updates!

There are so many great things going on in the lab that’s it’s hard to fit it all into one post, but here goes:

Doctoral student Phil Uribe and high school intern Meghal Sheth each presented their research at the 2014 Association for Research in Otolaryngology mid-winter meeting in February.  Both did an exemplary job showcasing their work to the auditory community.

2014 NWDB pictures
The Coffin Lab storms Friday Harbor at the Northwest Developmental Biology meeting!

Meghal Sheth won first place at the Southwest Washington Science and Engineering Fair (SEF)! This win earns her a spot a the International SEF for the second straight year. Meghal also took first place in the Washington Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.  For both competitions Meghal presented her recent research on the potential effects of BPA on hearing. We wish Meghal the best of luck at the National/International competitions!

Several Coffin Lab members presented their research at the 2014 Northwest Developmental Biology meeting in Friday Harbor. Presenters are: Phil Uribe, Lauren Hayashi, Matthew Kruger, Dustin Manning, Nicole Smith, Alex Young, and Cathrine Black.  Congrats to Nicki Smith for winning an undergraduate poster presentation award!

Dr. Coffin was recently selected to compete at the U.S. finals of FameLab, a science communication competition sponsored by NASA and National Geographic. The Finals are Saturday, April 5th in D.C.  Locals, come cheer her on!