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ERP graduate student Ryan Trevena presented his poster “Nuclear reprogramming of interspecies somatic cell nuclear transfer in a Danionin genus model” at ASCB|EMBO last week (and was kind enough to bring back conference swag for the rest of us!).

Pelegri lab postdoc Dr. Cara Moravec is visiting Marian University tomorrow (11/22) to give a talk about her research and speak with students during a lunchtime seminar. Check it out if you’re in the area!

Earlier this month, the lab participated in CRISPRcon Midwest – an event meant to promote conversations on science, society, and the future of gene editing.  Francisco co-hosted a table during the “Ideas Marketplace” session with  Carol Barford and Paul Robbins to lead discussion focused on the topic “Conservation genetics to save ecosystems.”

Congratulations to Genetics grad student Trevor Chamberlain for passing his prelim exam yesterday – this means he has advanced to PhD dissertator status and earned a masters degree!

Congrats and best wishes to visiting high school student Melisa Dehuma, who just finished her PEOPLE (Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) internship working with Pelegri lab postdoc Dr. Cara Moravec. Thanks for all your hard work this summer Melisa, it was a pleasure having you in lab!

Our talented genotyping tech/undergrad researcher Jacky Lor is presenting the results of his Hilldale Scholarship-winning project (mentored by Pelegri lab postdoc Dr. Cara Moravec) at today’s research symposium. This is his last full semester with us before starting his PharmD and we couldn’t be more proud!

Prof. Francisco Pelegri and grad student Trevor Chamberlain are spending their spring break in Costa Rica leading Francisco’s new Animal Biodiversity study abroad course, developed in partnership with Dr. Amanda Wendt from Costa Rica’s Organization for Tropical Studies.  Highlights of the trip include visits to La Selva Biological Station,  Palo Verde National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

We’re looking forward to sharing our latest research at the International Zebrafish Conference here in Madison this week! Friday morning, check out Cara’s talk “A novel role for the chromosomal passenger complex in germ plasm aggregation during early development” and Christina’s talk “Structured aggregation of germline determinants in the early embryo” in Shannon Hall. And on Saturday night, swing by Ryan & Trevor’s poster “Systematically investigating isSCNT boundaries in the Danio genus” in the Great Hall.

Congratulations to grad student Christina Hansen for passing her oral prelim exam – this means that she has officially earned a masters degree in Genetics and advanced to PhD dissertator status!