12 Jun 2019

Tom started as a senior RA in our lab after plenty of research experience from the Prahlad lab. We were lucky to have him and he has helped jump start the BioLayer Interferometry experiments. Now he is on to his dream trip -- a solo drive through Canada to Alaska -- before he starts his medical school here at UIowa. Good luck, Tom! We always welcome you come back to visit!

02 Jun 2019

The GRE lab has had a great semester. Now it's time to relax and enjoy the summer (finally)! Here we are in the City Park shelter #11. In the picture are: (front) Abhi, Jinye, Jia; (back) Yann (special guest), Lindsey, Zoheb, Kyle, Tom, Bin; (top) Agnes (special guest).

Welcome Lindsey Snyder to join our lab. Lindsey is a first year Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Genetics student. During her undergraduate research in the University of Idaho, she has got a solid training in microbiology and molecular biology. She rotated in our lab last fall and we are thrilled to have her officially join the lab. She will work on Pho4 protein evolution, taking advantage of the additional skills in CRISPR and computational biochemistry she gained during her other two rotations. Welcome Lindsey!

Congratulations to Jia Zhao for winning two prestigeous awards from the Biology Department. The first one is the Clifford W. Hesseltine Scholarship in Biology, which recognizes one Biology or Biomedical Sciences student of sophomore or junior undertaking laboratory research and have a strong academic record (GPA > 3.5). She was also accepted into the Iowa Biosciences Academy (IBA),an NIH-funded program that supports the academic and personal success of University of Iowa students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. Well done Jia, proud of your achievement!

Everytime I read a paper or listen to a talk that includes a plethora of gels, and each time I see other people play with the HPLC and columns, I thought I would never do those things -- I'm an evolutionary geneticist after all, or so I believed, until... now we are officially purifying protein from E. coli. I know it's trivial for many people, but I'm really proud of what we achieved. Kudos to the heros, Tom Cassier and Kyle Malcolm.

Welcome Tom Cassier to join our lab. Tom came to us a solid research background in Veena Prahlad's lab from our department. He will stay with us until the end of May, during which time he will work on recombinant TF purification, BioLayer Interferometry, and will help with a number of lab maintenance tasks. After that, he will go on a solo travel and then, start his medical school at the University of Iowa.

Warm welcome to the newest members of the lab: Abhishiktha Godthi is an iBio 1st graduate student and Diandian Tang is a junior UI undergrad. Check out their profiles in the Team/Join page. We are sad to say goodbye to Joe Wisniewski, who has been one of the earliest members of the lab and has helped the lab in many ways, including being the safety and MSDS tzar and working on the Pho4 target validation project. Good luck Joe, you will be an awesome doctor!

This is probably the peak size of the GRE lab, as we luckily have two rotation students joining us in addition to our summer crew. From left to right: Weilong (Jesse) Liu (undergrad assistant), Abhi Godthi (iBio rotation student), Jinye Liang (iBio graduate student), Lindsey Snyder (Genetics rotation student), Jia Zhao (sophomore), Carl Skoog (junior), Bin He, Zoheb Khan (senior), Joe Wisniewski (senior), Kyle Malcolm (senior). Thanks again to our awesome photographer, Steve Kehoe at the admin office of Biology Department!

These are the awesome students who were brave enough to join a new PI's lab. From left to right: Ian Wallace(rising sophomore from U of Minn), Jinye Liang (1st year iBio graduate student), Kyle Malcolm (rising senior of UI), Jia Zhao (rising sophomore of UI), Bin He (yup, that dude), Carl Skoog (rising junior of UI), Zoheb Khan (rising senior of UI). Joe Wisniewski, who is also a rising senior of UI, couldn't join us because he is back home in Illinois. Lastly, big thanks to our awesome photographer, Steve Kehoe at the admin office of Biology Department!

Carl (right) and Kyle (middle) from Team 1 presented their latest understanding about transcription factor cooperativity at the Summer Undergraduate Research Conference. We had a lot of fun explaining our ideas to the audience, which include both fellow undergrad researchers as well as cool faculties from our own department!

I'm excited to have 6 talented undergrad students and a high school intern to join me for the first summer of research. Gabi Mumm, Joe Wisniewski, Kyle Malcolm, Carl Skoog and Zoheb Khan are from U of Iowa and Ian Wallace is from U of Minnesota. Noah Bullwinkle is from the Iowa City's City High. We are going to form two teams: Team 1 is the TF protein evolution task force, while Team 2 will investigate the target genes of the TF (C. glabrata Pho4). Stay tuned for our first batch of results!

16 Jan 2018

Today is first day on the job. Excited to join a great group of faculty, students, staff!