The K-INBRE “Star Trainee Program” is designed to identify outstanding prospective biomedical researchers during their junior year in college, and provide financial support during the senior year. This capstone program will support students with extensive research experience (minimum of 3 semesters of research experience). Star Trainees are expected to present their research (poster or oral presentation) at the annual K-INBRE Symposium.
Mariaelena was earned this award for her proposal to study the evolution of immune defense in Drosophila. She’s off to UCSF for an REU program this summer and then she will start thinking about graduate schools. We are so proud of her!
Eight lab members attended the Drosophila meeting in Dallas this year. Sarah Mullinax, Jenna Lea, Jo Chapman, Emma Pagella and Mariaelena Nabors presented posters. Tom Hill and Drea Darby gave platform talks and Rob organized a workshop.
Today we observed the two year anniversary of the start of the lab and held a lab retreat at the Armitage Center at the KU Field Station. After a productive meeting, we headed to Epic for a round of laser tag and then a delicious dinner at Merchants. I'm so lucky to have these people in the lab and look forward to what we can discover in the next year.
We are thrilled to have Andrea Darby join the lab. Drea joins us from Allen Gibbs' lab at UNLV. She will continue to work on the role of immunity and the microbiome in adaptation to desiccation. Andrea is participating in KU's prep program (prep.ku.edu) and will apply for graduate school for the fall of 2019.
This week Jenna Lea began work as a technician in the lab. She comes from the University of Georgia where she was an undergraduate working in the labs of Andrew Park, Kelly Dyer and Courtney Murdock. At KU she will work on the evolutionary genetics of meiotic drive in Drosophila affinis (see the fly above). Welcome Jenna!