Birthday cheer, cheese cake, new faces, and science filled the conference room as the Wagner Lab celebrated Dr. Min Wang’s Birthday and welcomed Dr. Tomasz Bieluszewski to Philly as the Wagner Lab’s newest post-doc during our weekly lab meeting. We look forward to hearing about Dr. Bieluszewski’s previous work and future projects in our lab!
Following a talk by Dr. Liling Wan, Ph.D, PhD candidate presented her talk titled “Cell fate Reprogramming in Arabidopsis thaliana via LEAFY pioneering activity” as part of University of Pennsylvania’s Epigenetics Institute Seminar Series. This series provides a platform of communication for labs doing work in epigenetics to promote innovation and collaboration.
The Wagner Lab draws 2019 to a close with two talks! PhD Candidate Samantha Klasfeld gave a chalk talk for her Genomics and Computational Biology (GCB) graduate group about her thesis project on improving ChIP-Seq resolution. Then first-year rotation student Zi-yan Yu gave it her all in her 3-min talk “In vivo rapid depletion of plant chromatin protein with mammalian degron” at the Biology Department’s Grad Student Extravaganza. Happy New Year everyone and Cheers to 2020!
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.
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.