Friends and Colleagues come and go, but sometimes they come back for a visit! This week the Wagner lab was thankful to have TWO visitors!
Back for her second Plant Talk, Dr. Heather Meyer from Carnegie’s department of plant biology gave a very impressive talk about her work titled “Investigating intrinsically disordered proteins as thermo-sensors in Arabidopsis thaliana”.
Additionally, Dr. Nobutoshi Yamaguchi, a former post-doc at the Wagner lab, visited this week to reunite, catch up, and learn more about data analysis.
This week is also flu shot week so some members of the team got their flu shots and had fun celebrating modern medicine.
To capture this moment we accompanied our visitors to West Philadelphia restaurant Abssinia where we dined on delicious plates with the Gallagher lab.
Another year has come and gone as we celebrate Dr. Yang Zhu with a delicious birthday cake.
The Wagner Lab wishes Dr. Jianqiang Shen great success as he travels across the country to study cereal crops in the Lemaux Lab in University of California, Berkeley. We are so honored to have had the privilege of working with him and look forward to keeping in touch.
Balancing lab with the classroom, Wagner Lab graduate student Samantha Klasfeld worked with other graduate students in her graduate program (Genomics and Computational Biology) to build an 8-week curriculum to teach other UPenn graduates, undergraduates, faculty, and more the basics of programming in python. Topics of the course include:
- Conditional (If/Then) Statements
- Custom Functions
- File Writing/Reading
- Common Python Libraries
- Custom Python Modules
- Plotting in Python
Each class consists of lectures and labs for each of the topics. Labs are completed by the students, and TAs gives feedback to teach students to not just code for the correct outcome, but also how to make their code efficient and easy to read.
Wagner Lab Graduate Student Run Jin stepped out of our lab to volunteer her time to work as a lab assistant for the Biomedical Research Academy. This three week program gives highly motivated high school students from across the world (40% international students) a unique insight into biomedical research. Recruiting around 100 students every summer, the Academy introduces students to basic molecular biology concepts, real scientific literature, and hands-on biological experiments.
Today the Wagner Lab celebrates a hello and a farewell. The Wagner lab undergraduate researcher Renee Hastings has graduated and is off to graduate school at Stanford to continue her studies in Biophysics! Meanwhile, we also welcome Dr. Min Wang of whom traveled to our lab all the way from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China! We ate delicious Chinese food on a handsome day in Philly as we look forward to the future research of these talented women.
This month the Wagner Lab celebrated Sammy’s and Run’s birthday. Sammy also presented some of her work for the Genomics and Computational Biology graduate program titled “Improving Resolution of Transcriptional Complex ChIP-Seq using Blacklisting in Arabidopsis“.
Dr. Doris Wagner is honored as a recipient of this year’s Fellow of American Society of Plant Biologists (ASBP) Award along side four other colleagues. The Fellow of ASPB Award was established in 2007 and is “granted in recognition of distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology and service to the Society by current members in areas that include research, education, mentoring, outreach, and professional and public service.”