Eric James successfully defended his PhD thesis this month and is gearing up for an exciting postdoc in Eve Marder’s lab in Brandeis. Way to go Eric!
Oscar successfully presented his Honors Thesis and poster earlier this month and will be graduating next week! We were supposed to have a picture, but we forgot to take it! In any case Oscar will remain at Brown next year as part of a PREP postbac program while he applies to grad school and med school. Congrats Oscar!
This week we were visited by middle school kids from the Talbot School in Fall River. They won a grant to develop a project to send Xenopus tadpole to the International Space Station! During their visit they learned about Xenopus husbandry, how to study behavior and development and also a little bit abut neuroscience! Good luck with the project and we look forward to assisting you.
Also, check out the article on the Fall River Herald about the project.
This summer we were fortunate enough to host Fidaa and Leslie, both from the Met School in Providence, who were our summer NSF fellows. After taking a class at Brown, the fellows spent time in lab learning about the various techniques we use, and as always was great fun.
Welcome to the new lab members: Jenn Park ’17 who joined us this summer, Karine Liu ’18 will be joining us this fall and Katie Yanagi who will be doing a fall graduate rotation!
Our lab’s been featured in NBC Learn’s Mysteries of the Brain series, ours is the segment called building a brain:
Congrats to our graduating lab members undergrads Carolina, Mashfiq and Nalini for defending their honors theses and graduating this weekend. Also congrats to Mashfiq for winning the Joslin award from Brown.
Congrats to Dan who will become Dr. Dan this weekend!
Congrats to Torrey for getting accepted into the CSHL Neural Imaging course this summer.
I think that’s it for now!
Our VPA paper will soon be in press at the Journal of Neuroscience:
E J James, J Gu, C Ramirez-Vizcarrondo, M Hasan, TLS Truszkowski, Y Tan, P Oupravanh, AS Khakhalin, CD Aizenman. Valproate-induced neurodevelopmental deficits in Xenopus laevis tadpoles. Journal of Neuroscience – in press (2015).
Watch Eric James present “What can tadpoles teach us about autism?” in the Research Matters event, part of Brown’s 250 year celebration.