2013-05-05 - 09
Sylvia Bonilla and Yuk Fai Leung attended the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and presented their work on novel signal transduction for photoreceptor development and using traditional Chinese medicine to treat retinal degeneration. Sylvia received a National Eye Institute Travel Grant and Yeunkyung Woo Achieve Excellence Travel Award to attend the meeting. Sylvia and Fai also interacted with colleagues all over the world during different events. (More @ Leung lab blog)
Gaonan Zhang was awarded a William H. Phillips Summer Research Internship in 2013 to study "The effect of FDA-approved eye drugs on zebrafish visual behaviour". Congratulations Gaonan!
Sylvia Bonilla was awarded an "Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Honor Roll" and a "College of Science/GS Summer 2013 Research Grant". Congratulations Sylvia!
Yuqing Zhang, Sylvia Bonilla, Leelyn Chong and Yuk Fai Leung's paper on "Irx7, a Smarca4-regulated gene for retinal differentiation, regulates other genes controlled by Smarca4 in zebrafish retinas." was published in Gene Expression Patterns. Congratulations!
Prahatha Venkatraman joined us as a graduate student to identify new drugs for retinal diseases with zebrafish models of human retinal degeneration! Welcome Prahatha!
Yuk Fai Leung and Prof. Rosa Chan received a seed grant from the City University of Hong Kong to establish an international and interdisciplinary collaboration to conduct research on the "Dynamics of Zebrafish Behavioral Responses to Visual Stimuli". Congratulations!
Prof. David Hyde from the University of Notre Dame gave a departmental seminar on "Eye of a Hurricane: how the zebrafish retina properly regulates neuronal regeneration in the midst of massive neuronal cell death" and met with the members of the Leung lab.
Yuk Fai Leung was invited to give a lecture on “Studying traditional Chinese medicines for good vision with zebrafish” at Ho Yu College, Hong Kong.
Yuk Fai Leung was invited to give a lecture on “The potential effect of Sch B on good vision in zebrafish” at the 2013 Symposium on Biology of Ophthalmology, Hong Kong Eye Hospital, Hong Kong. He also chaired the Graduate Seminar Section and assessed student presentation in the same Symposium.
Monica Hensley joined us as a rotation student. Welcome Monica!
Sylvia Bonilla received a National Eye Institute Travel Grant to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Congratulations Sylvia!
Yuk Fai Leung was invited to give a departmental seminar on "Drug Screening to Treat Early-Onset Eye Diseases: Can Zebrafish Expedite the Discovery?" in the Department of Biology at IUPUI.
*Jin Cho and Devon Ptak are former undergraduate students in the laboratory.
Zeran Li*, Liyun Zhang and Yuk Fai Leung's invited Editorial Article: "Use of the zebrafish model to study refractive error" was published in Expert Review of Ophthalmology. Congratulations!
*Zeran Li is a former undergraduate student in the laboratory.
Natalia Meijome joined us as a rotation student; Patrick Tiffany and Gaonan Zhang joined us as undergraduate research students. Welcome Natalia, Patrick and Gaonan!