I was invited to present at the Pacific Branch Meeting of Entomological Society of America in the Symposium: Insects In Eden – Frontiers In Insect Ecology, Development, And Evolution moderated by Robert Zinna, a graduate student in Entomology at WSU. It was a pleasure to participate in the symposium and talk about the Antarctic midge genome. The talks in the symposium were diverse and fascinating!
Kayla presented her work on the tropical gar at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA). SURCA highlights research from across campus. Kayla’s poster won a Gray award in Molecular, Cellular and Chemical Biology. Congratulations Kayla! Also in the WSU news at: https://news.wsu.edu/2015/04/10/largest-surca-competition-names-51-top-researchers/
Courtney Passow is visiting from the Tobler Lab at Kansas State University. She’s spending a few weeks processing samples to extract total RNA and generate RNA-sequencing libraries for a hydrogen sulfide exposure experiment. The goal of the study is to determine which genes are differentially regulated in response to hydrogen sulfide exposure, depending on the source population. Courtney will spend two weeks in the lab honing her molecular skills. We are very happy to have her here!
Our fantastic lab manager, Corey Quackenbush, has been chosen to give one of the presentations at the first annual Center For Reproductive Biology (CRB) Trainee Symposium 2014. Information about the symposium can be found at http://crb.vetmed.wsu.edu/events/crb-trainee-symposium.
Happy to share that the Antarctic fly, Belgica antarctica, genome has been published in Nature Communications! We sequenced and assembled the genome of the only insect endemic to Antarctica. The fly has the smallest insect genome surveyed or sequenced to date! While most of the genes in other Diptera are present in B. antarctica, it is notably lacking repetitive elements, including transposable elements. Thanks and congratulations to my co-authors, who all worked hard on assembling, annotating and making sense of this exciting genome!
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We have had the pleasure of having Chris Cornelius from Ryan Earley‘s lab at University of Alabama visiting the lab for the month of July. Chris has extracted RNA from over 130 embryos and generated 20 RNA-sequencing libraries! It was a successful month!
Congratulations to Kayla for receiving the J. Herman and Jean Kaye Swartz Memorial Scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences at WSU. J. Herman Swartz earned his B.S. (1938) and M.S. (1939) in bacteriology from then–WSC. Swartz received a scholarship that changed his life. He believed that any student who wants an education should get that chance—and that the rest of us should help. His wife, Jean Swartz, established this fund in 1997 in his memory. The scholarship is for students in biotechnology who intend to apply their knowledge of biological techniques to develop new products that meet the needs of humans.
It’s been a hot few days in Pullman! With the arrival of Chris Cornelius from University of Alabama and Kyle Taylor, a starting Master’s student in the lab, we decided it was time to take a trip to Ferdinand‘s, the campus ice cream shop! The ice cream was delicious!