We are off to another great start on summer research here at The College of Wooster. There are currently five students working in the lab on various projects ranging from neurodevelopment to a fly model of Alzheimer's Disease. The lab students are also able to participate in some great experiences thanks to an NSF-funded REU experience that is also going on this summer (https://nsfreuneuroscience.voices.wooster.edu/). Below is a picture of our first trip up to the OARDC confocal. Gargi thought this was a pretty good image, so she's also taking a picture on her phone :). Here she is looking at the results of an immunofluorescence experiment to analyze the structure of a region of the fly brain called the mushroom bodies. A number of the projects in our lab are focused on understanding the function and development of this brain region. Interestingly, the proteins and cellular processes that are important for development of the fly brain are also critical for correct development in vertebrates too (the overall result is much different, but the way the individual proteins work is pretty similar).
We recently had a new article published that details our method of Drosophila brain dissection. It's published here. Two recently graduated College of Wooster students, Allie Elchert (now working at the NIH) and Mike Kahl (in grad school at Northwestern) are included on this article and Allie is the one actually doing the dissections in the video and talking on camera.
For the last 5 months, I (that is, S. Kelly) have had the opportunity to spend the semester in Atlanta, GA for a research leave. This sabbatical is awarded to College of Wooster faculty every couple years to allow faculty to develop new research projects, make new professional contacts, learn new techniques, and just get completely immersed in their field of study for a couple months. It's an amazing opportunity that I am so excited to participate in. I've gotten the chance to meet and work with some amazing researchers at Emory University, attend (and give a talk at!) the 58th Annual Drosophila Meeting in San Diego, give a seminar for graduate students and postdocs at The University of Louisville, and work on a new paper that will hopefully get published soon. In addition, I had the chance to make it back to Wooster recently for graduation. It was so fun to see all the graduating seniors. Hopefully, I'll have some pictures to post soon of graduation.
In the mean time I do have some new pictures of Williams Hall of Life Sciences (i.e. the new science building).
We had a busy fall in the lab at Wooster. Below I've posted a couple pictures of students attending a couple meetings. First, three students (Noah, Petra, and Mike) attended the mGluRs meeting (Midwest/Great Lakes undergraduate Neuroscience Research Symposium). Here's some pictures of them presenting.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take any pictures of the four students (Carolina, Ginelle, Allie, and Mike) who attended the Midwest Regional Fly Meeting (link), but wanted to make sure those students were acknowledged here as well. It was quite the adventure, since the meeting was held in Indiana. We left on Friday after classes and returned Sunday! Everyone at both meetings did a fantastic job presenting and I'm very excited to see the final product at the end of the IS process this semester!
Well, it's almost time for a new school year to begin so I thought I would take a moment to recap our summer here in the Kelly Lab - it was a big one. The summer started with the massive demolition of our science building, Mateer Hall.
I don't have any new pictures, but there is now a giant hole in the ground where Mateer once stood and the construction crews are getting ready to pour the foundation (or at least part of it). It's been a pretty amazing experience to watch our building be demolished and to think about the great science that will be produced in the new space.
We also had three students in the lab this summer that did some great science (and were indispensable for moving our lab into the new temporary space in Scovel Hall). Two of the students in the lab over the summer took part in a summer NSF funded REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program this summer along with 3 other nearby Ohio schools (OWU, Earlham, and Kenyon). As a cohort, the 8-10 faculty and ~20-25 students met every other week at one of the schools to discuss their research progress, various lab techniques, and career options. Each student had multiple chances to present their research throughout the summer and to learn about the exciting projects going on at nearby institutions. The summer ended with a final research presentation by each of our students.
That's it for now - more to come soon as we get into the fall semester.
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