Congrats to second-year grad student Hannah Steinert, who passed her qualifying exam today! Word has it that Hannah nailed the defense of her proposal, which focuses on the genetic mechanisms that control developmental maturation of the C. elegans male nervous system. Well done, Hannah!
We’re delighted to welcome two undergrads, Tylor Militello from Siena College and Connor Schroyer from Ithaca College, who will be doing summer research in the lab. They’re both here as part of an NSF-funded program to bring in students who attend predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs) and have had some C. elegans research experience at their home institutions. At Siena, Tylor has been working on male tail development with Portman Lab alumnus Adam Mason; at Ithaca College, Connor has been working on dosage compensation in the lab of Te-Wen Lo. Because they both already have the basics of worm biology down, we hope that a summer in our lab will give them an opportunity to do some great research, find out more about what grad school is like, and learn some new skills that they’ll be able to bring back with them in the fall. Both Tylor and Connor will be blogging about their summer research, so check back for updates on how their projects are going!
Our Nature News & Views commentary on the terrific recent paper from the Hobert lab is now online. It’s written for a general scientific audience, so worm folks may find it a bit oversimplified — but I hope we were able to do the work justice while keeping the message clear. It was a fun piece to write, and the work behind it is yet one more testament to the fascinating biology of the C. elegans male!
Welcome to portmanlab.org, the website of the Portman Lab at the University of Rochester. Thanks for visiting us! There’s still quite a bit more content that needs to go up, but the lab website is now officially off the ground. Visit us for lab news, blogs from lab members, and info about our research and publications.