The lab is full of energy this summer, with new undergrad Juliann Wang recently joining and BMCDB/IMSD-fellow student Daisy Castillo Guzman rotating in our group. Also, we were happy to have undergrad Eva joining us full time and welcome soon-to-be JRS Kyle back from his monthlong European backpacking tour.
Thank you to the UC Davis MIND Institute for funding our pilot experiments modeling autism in zebrafish! We are well under way generating mutant fish in the lab thanks to efforts by talented undergrads Kyle and Eva and look forward to developing phenotypic screens in the coming months.
You can find more information on the UC Davis IDDRC here.
Cheers to Paulina, who was recently awarded a fellowship through the Autism Research Training Program (ARTP) at the MIND Institute! Paulina will use the fellowship to learn more about the clinical and neurological aspects of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). She will also pursue a research project focused on the functional outcomes of structural variation at genomic hotspots across primates and in patients with neurological disease.
With Megan recently joining the faculty of the ARTP, we expect many exciting future interactions with trainees and investigators at the MIND Institute as we continue to investigate the underlying components of ASDs.
Learn more about the ARTP here.
We have another new addition to the Dennis lab, undergrad Eva Ferino! While pursuing her B.S. in Animal Sciences here at UC Davis, she will be working with Kyle to generate transgenic zebrafish. Notably, when not studying hard and working in the lab, her hobbies include reading, digital art, food, and crime shows. Certainly we can think of a couple others in the lab who share many of the same interests. Welcome Eva!
As we say a teary farewell to an original founding member of the lab, Jennifer (who is embarking on an exciting career in law enforcement as she finishes her masters), we also welcome our first postdoc, Paulina Carmona-Mora! Originally from Chile, Paulina comes to us fresh off her PhD in UNSW Australia, Sydney, where she worked on the function of transcription factor GTF2IRD1 implicated in Williams-Beuren Syndrome. We look forward to equally exciting projects in our group!