Congrats to newly-minted Genetics PhD grad Christina Hansen! She successfully defended her doctoral thesis, “Structured aggregation of germline determinants in Danionin embryonic development” in June and is now continuing her work in the Pelegri lab as a postdoctoral research associate. Dr. Hansen also received the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL) Award for Communicating PhD Research to the Public – check it out here! http://www.scifun.org/Thesis_Awards/hansen.html
Our lab’s biobanking and conservation genetics efforts were recently featured in a pair of excellent articles by science journalist Cassandra Willyard in Grow magazine – check them both out here!
Race to the Animal Vault: https://grow.cals.wisc.edu/departments/features/the-race-to-the-animal-vault
Research creates teaching opportunities: https://grow.cals.wisc.edu/departments/features/research-creates-teaching-opportunities
Congratulations to Pelegri lab postdoc Cara Moravec who was recently honored with the UW-Madison Postdoc Association (UWPA) Postdoc Excellence in Mentoring Award! https://intranet.med.wisc.edu/2021/06/07/postdoctoral-fellows-natascha-merten-and-cara-moravec-receive-mentoring-awards/
Dr. Moravec was also chosen to present her work as part of the Society for Developmental Biology’s Postdoctoral Seminar Series! Tune in this Friday, April 9th for her talk “A novel role for the chromosomal passenger complex in germ plasm aggregation during early development” https://www.sdbonline.org/sdb_postdoctoral_seminar_series
Congratulations to Endocrinology & Reproductive Physiology grad student Ryan Trevena for passing his prelim exam yesterday – this means he has advanced to PhD candidacy/dissertator status!
Busy time for the Pelegri lab with PhD students Trevor Chamberlain, Ryan Trevena, & Christina Hansen, postdoc Cara Moravec, and research intern Gabriella (Gabby) Voit all presenting their research in flash poster talks at the online Society for Developmental Biology conference this week. Special shout-out to Gabby for being selected as a finalist in the undergraduate poster competition!!
Our lab and team of collaborators received a UW2020 grant! It will be used to fund the next phase of an exciting project initiated by Francisco and grad students Trevor Chamberlain & Ryan Trevena. They aim to leverage developmental biology and genetics for conservation of animal biodiversity. Congratulations to the entire team! https://research.wisc.edu/establishing-proof-of-principle-models-for-animal-biodiversity-biobanking
Postdoc Cara Moravec is sharing her research and personal experiences as a scientist with Ms. Byrom’s 7th grade class at Barber Middle School in Georgia tomorrow afternoon! She connected with these students through the Skype a Scientist program, which matches scientists with classrooms around the world.
Genetics grad student Christina Hansen recently finished 12 weeks in the National Science Policy Network’s Wiki Scientist Training Program. Christina, along with 14 other early career researchers from across the US, were selected to learn about using Wikipedia as an outlet to share scientific expertise with the public and improve existing content. For more information, check out this blog post: https://wikiedu.org/blog/2019/11/05/channeling-passion-into-action-nspn-wiki-scientists/