On 2016-04-16  17, Prahatha Venkatraman, Logan Ganzen, Paige Cassidy, Khaled Noui-Mehidi and Menna Hassan demonstrated zebrafish research in 2016 Purdue Spring Fest.

Purdue Spring Fest at Department of Biological Sciences.

Paige Cassidy and Logan Ganzen demonstrating zebrafish research to the public.

Logan Ganzen demonstrating how to measure zebrafish vision.

Paige Cassidy showing zebrafish embryos to the public.

Prahatha Venkatraman, Khaled Noui-Mehidi and Menna Hassan demonstrated zebrafish research to the public.

Khaled Noui-Mehidi showing zebrafish embryos to the public.

 

 

On 2016-04-12, Paige Cassidy presented her research work at the Purdue University Undergraduate Research Symposium. She was supervised by Prahatha Venkatraman, a graduate student in the laboratory and a Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for Future Fellow.

Paige Cassidy and her poster.

On 2016-04-11, Sylvia Bonilla defended her thesis and graduated.

Fai introducing Sylvia.

Sylvia presenting her research work.

Celebration party.

A zebrafish cake!

One more fin clipping!

Congratulations!

 

On 2016-03-26, Menna Hassan, Patrick Tiffany, Ryan Wyer and Khaled Noui-Mehidi presented their research at the 131st Annual Academy Meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science. They were supervised by graduate students Prahatha Venkatraman and Logan Ganzen.

Menna Hassan and her graduate mentor Prahatha Venkatraman.

Menna Hassan presenting her poster.

Khaled Noui-Mehidi and his graduate mentor Logan Ganzen.

Khaled Noui-Mehidi presenting his poster.

Patrick Tiffany and his poster.

 

Patrick Tiffany presenting his poster.

Ryan Wyer and his poster.

Ryan Wyer presenting his poster.

 

Zebrafish

  1. Adatto I, Krug L, Zon LI. The Red Light District and Its Effects on Zebrafish Reproduction. Zebrafish. 2016 Mar 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26978703.
  2. Brocal I, White RJ, Dooley CM, Carruthers SN, Clark R, Hall A, Busch-Nentwich EM, Stemple DL, Kettleborough RN. Efficient identification of CRISPR/Cas9-induced insertions/deletions by direct germline screening in zebrafish. BMC Genomics. 2016 Mar 24;17(1):259. doi: 10.1186/s12864-016-2563-z. PubMed PMID: 27009152.
  3. Hoshijima K, Jurynec MJ, Grunwald DJ. Precise Editing of the Zebrafish Genome Made Simple and Efficient. Dev Cell. 2016 Mar 21;36(6):654-67. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2016.02.015. PubMed PMID: 27003937.
  4. Varshney GK, Zhang S, Pei W, Adomako-Ankomah A, Fohtung J, Schaffer K, Carrington B, Maskeri A, Slevin C, Wolfsberg T, Ledin J, Sood R, Burgess SM. CRISPRz: a database of zebrafish validated sgRNAs. Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Jan 4;44(D1):D822-6. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv998. Epub 2015 Oct 4. PubMed PMID: 26438539; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4702947.

Retina

  1. Mullally M, Albrecht C, Horton M, Laboissonniere LA, Goetz JJ, Chowdhury R, Manning A, Wester AK, Bose Q, Trimarchi JM. Expression Profiling of Developing Zebrafish Retinal Cells. Zebrafish. 2016 Mar 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26982811.

Disease

  1. Roy DS, Arons A, Mitchell TI, Pignatelli M, Ryan TJ, Tonegawa S. Memory retrieval by activating engram cells in mouse models of early Alzheimer’s disease. Nature. 2016 Mar 16. doi: 10.1038/nature17172. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26982728.

Molecular Biology

  1. Louder RK, He Y, López-Blanco JR, Fang J, Chacón P, Nogales E. Structure of promoter-bound TFIID and model of human pre-initiation complex assembly. Nature. 2016 Mar 23. doi: 10.1038/nature17394. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27007846.

Cell Biology

  1. Norris DP, Jackson PK. Cell biology: Calcium contradictions in cilia. Nature. 2016 Mar 23. doi: 10.1038/nature17313. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27007852.

Systems Biology

  1. Hashimoto M, Nozoe T, Nakaoka H, Okura R, Akiyoshi S, Kaneko K, Kussell E, Wakamoto Y. Noise-driven growth rate gain in clonal cellular populations. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Mar 7. pii: 201519412. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26951676.
  2. Davidi D, Noor E, Liebermeister W, Bar-Even A, Flamholz A, Tummler K, Barenholz U, Goldenfeld M, Shlomi T, Milo R. Global characterization of in vivo enzyme catalytic rates and their correspondence to in vitro kcat measurements. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Mar 7. pii: 201514240. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26951675.

Genome editing

  1. Hoshijima K, Jurynec MJ, Grunwald DJ. Precise Editing of the Zebrafish Genome Made Simple and Efficient. Dev Cell. 2016 Mar 21;36(6):654-67. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2016.02.015. PubMed PMID: 27003937.
  2. Varshney GK, Zhang S, Pei W, Adomako-Ankomah A, Fohtung J, Schaffer K, Carrington B, Maskeri A, Slevin C, Wolfsberg T, Ledin J, Sood R, Burgess SM. CRISPRz: a database of zebrafish validated sgRNAs. Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Jan 4;44(D1):D822-6. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv998. Epub 2015 Oct 4. PubMed PMID: 26438539; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4702947.


				

Several interesting and good discussions on publishing life science articles on BioRxiv, a preprint server based on the arXiv model:

From the New York Times: “Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet“.

From Mike Eisen’s blog.

Eye diseases

  1. Lin H, Ouyang H, Zhu J, Huang S, Liu Z, Chen S, Cao G, Li G, Signer RA, Xu Y, Chung C, Zhang Y, Lin D, Patel S, Wu F, Cai H, Hou J, Wen C, Jafari M, Liu X, Luo L, Zhu J, Qiu A, Hou R, Chen B, Chen J, Granet D, Heichel C, Shang F, Li X, Krawczyk M, Skowronska-Krawczyk D, Wang Y, Shi W, Chen D, Zhong Z, Zhong S, Zhang L, Chen S, Morrison SJ, Maas RL, Zhang K, Liu Y. Lens regeneration using endogenous stem cells with gain of visual function. Nature. 2016 Mar 9. doi: 10.1038/nature17181. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26958831. News release: Stem Cells Regenerate Human Lens After Cataract Surgery, Restoring Vision
  2. Hayashi R, Ishikawa Y, Sasamoto Y, Katori R, Nomura N, Ichikawa T, Araki S, Soma T, Kawasaki S, Sekiguchi K, Quantock AJ, Tsujikawa M, Nishida K. Co-ordinated ocular development from human iPS cells and recovery of corneal function. Nature. 2016 Mar 9. doi: 10.1038/nature17000. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26958835.

Stem cells

  1. Sridhar A, Ohlemacher SK, Langer KB, Meyer JS. Robust Differentiation of mRNA-Reprogrammed Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Toward a Retinal Lineage. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2016 Mar 1. pii: sctm.2015-0093. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26933039.
  2. Sagi I, Chia G, Golan-Lev T, Peretz M, Weissbein U, Sui L, Sauer MV, Yanuka O, Egli D, Benvenisty N. Derivation and differentiation of haploid human embryonic stem cells. Nature. 2016 Mar 16. doi: 10.1038/nature17408. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26982723.

Development

  1. Pueschel R, Coraggio F, Meister P. From single genes to entire genomes: the search for a function of nuclear organization. Development. 2016 Mar 15;143(6):910-23. doi: 10.1242/dev.129007. Review. PubMed PMID: 26980791.
  2. Salomon DR. A CRISPR Way to Block PERVs – Engineering Organs for Transplantation. N Engl J Med. 2016 Mar 17;374(11):1089-1091. PubMed PMID: 26981939.

Neuroscience

  1. Mullins C, Fishell G, Tsien RW. Unifying Views of Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Consideration of Autoregulatory Feedback Loops. Neuron. 2016 Mar 16;89(6):1131-56. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2016.02.017. Review. PubMed PMID: 26985722.
  2. Hazen JL, Faust GG, Rodriguez AR, Ferguson WC, Shumilina S, Clark RA, Boland MJ, Martin G, Chubukov P, Tsunemoto RK, Torkamani A, Kupriyanov S, Hall IM, Baldwin KK. The Complete Genome Sequences, Unique Mutational Spectra, and Developmental Potency of Adult Neurons Revealed by Cloning. Neuron. 2016 Mar 16;89(6):1223-36. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2016.02.004. Epub 2016 Mar 3. PubMed PMID: 26948891; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4795965.

Mathematics

  1. Castelvecchi D. Fermat’s last theorem earns Andrew Wiles the Abel Prize. Nature. 2016 Mar 17;531(7594):287. doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19552. PubMed PMID: 26983518.

Menna Hassan participated in the Lafayette Regional Science & Engineering Fair and won two awards: (1) a bronze medal under the Animal Science category in the Seniors division, and (2) a blue ribbon. Congratulations! By winning the latter award, she is ranked in the top ten students of the Fair and has been invited to participate in the State Science Fair. She conducted her zebrafish research under the supervision of Prahatha Venkatraman, a graduate student in the laboratory and a Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for Future Fellow.

Menna and her poster!

Menna and Prahatha

 

A good wake-up call to the people who are obsessed in creating standards for education and reform curriculum, at all levels. Learn from the good teachers, and do more what they are already doing.

Genomics

  1. Bintu L, Yong J, Antebi YE, McCue K, Kazuki Y, Uno N, Oshimura M, Elowitz MB. Dynamics of epigenetic regulation at the single-cell level. Science. 2016 Feb 12;351(6274):720-4. doi: 10.1126/science.aab2956. PubMed PMID: 26912859.
    • Commentary: Keung AJ, Khalil AS. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY. A unifying model of epigenetic regulation. Science. 2016 Feb 12;351(6274):661-2. doi: 10.1126/science.aaf1647. PubMed PMID: 26912843.
  2. Cahan P. Enabling direct fate conversion with network biology. Nat Genet. 2016 Feb 24;48(3):226-7. doi: 10.1038/ng.3516. PubMed PMID: 26906680.
  3. Rackham OJ, Firas J, Fang H, Oates ME, Holmes ML, Knaupp AS; FANTOM Consortium, Suzuki H, Nefzger CM, Daub CO, Shin JW, Petretto E, Forrest AR, Hayashizaki Y, Polo JM, Gough J. A predictive computational framework for direct reprogramming between human cell types. Nat Genet. 2016 Jan 18. doi: 10.1038/ng.3487. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26780608.
  4. Savova V, Chun S, Sohail M, McCole RB, Witwicki R, Gai L, Lenz TL, Wu CT, Sunyaev SR, Gimelbrant AA. Genes with monoallelic expression contribute disproportionately to genetic diversity in humans. Nat Genet. 2016 Jan 25. doi: 10.1038/ng.3493. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26808112.
  5. Gusev A, Ko A, Shi H, Bhatia G, Chung W, Penninx BW, Jansen R, de Geus EJ, Boomsma DI, Wright FA, Sullivan PF, Nikkola E, Alvarez M, Civelek M, Lusis AJ, Lehtimäki T, Raitoharju E, Kähönen M, Seppälä I, Raitakari OT, Kuusisto J, Laakso M, Price AL, Pajukanta P, Pasaniuc B. Integrative approaches for large-scale transcriptome-wide association studies. Nat Genet. 2016 Feb 8. doi: 10.1038/ng.3506. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26854917.

Development

  1. Aggarwal V, Dickinson RB, Lele TP. Concentration Sensing by the Moving Nucleus in Cell Fate Determination: A Computational Analysis. PLoS One. 2016 Feb 12;11(2):e0149213. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149213. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 26872214.
  2. Rackham OJ, Firas J, Fang H, Oates ME, Holmes ML, Knaupp AS; FANTOM Consortium, Suzuki H, Nefzger CM, Daub CO, Shin JW, Petretto E, Forrest AR, Hayashizaki Y, Polo JM, Gough J. A predictive computational framework for direct reprogramming between human cell types. Nat Genet. 2016 Jan 18. doi: 10.1038/ng.3487. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26780608.

Molecular Biology

  1. Burgers PM, Gordenin D, Kunkel TA. Who Is Leading the Replication Fork, Pol ε or Pol δ? Mol Cell. 2016 Feb 18;61(4):492-3. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2016.01.017. PubMed PMID: 26895421.
  2. Johnson RE, Klassen R, Prakash L, Prakash S. Response to Burgers et al. Mol Cell. 2016 Feb 18;61(4):494-5. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2016.01.018. PubMed PMID: 26895422.

Funding

  1.  Vachelard J, Gambarra-Soares T, Augustini G, Riul P, Maracaja-Coutinho V. A Guide to Scientific Crowdfunding. PLoS Biol. 2016 Feb 17;14(2):e1002373. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002373. eCollection 2016 Feb. PubMed PMID: 26886064.

Genome editing

  1. Tai DJ, Ragavendran A, Manavalan P, Stortchevoi A, Seabra CM, Erdin S, Collins RL, Blumenthal I, Chen X, Shen Y, Sahin M, Zhang C, Lee C, Gusella JF, Talkowski ME. Engineering microdeletions and microduplications by targeting segmental duplications with CRISPR. Nat Neurosci. 2016 Feb 1. doi: 10.1038/nn.4235. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26829649.

Behaviour

  1. Scott CA, Marsden AN, Slusarski DC. Automated, high-throughput, in vivo analysis of visual function using the zebrafish. Dev Dyn. 2016 Feb 18. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.24398. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26890697.

Stem cells

  1. Fatehullah A, Tan SH, Barker N. Organoids as an in vitro model of human development and disease. Nat Cell Biol. 2016 Feb 25;18(3):246-54. doi: 10.1038/ncb3312. Review. PubMed PMID: 26911908.
  2. Wang Y, Gao S. Human Naive Embryonic Stem Cells: How Full Is the Glass? Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Mar 3;18(3):301-3. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.02.012. PubMed PMID: 26942847.
  3. Pastor WA, Chen D, Liu W, Kim R, Sahakyan A, Lukianchikov A, Plath K, Jacobsen SE, Clark AT. Naive Human Pluripotent Cells Feature a Methylation Landscape Devoid of Blastocyst or Germline Memory. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Mar 3;18(3):323-9. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.01.019. Epub 2016 Feb 4. PubMed PMID: 26853856; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4779431.
  4. Passier R, Orlova V, Mummery C. Complex Tissue and Disease Modeling using hiPSCs. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Mar 3;18(3):309-21. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.02.011. Review. PubMed PMID: 26942851.
  5. Orlova V, Mummery C. SnapShot: Key Advances in hiPSC Disease Modeling. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Mar 3;18(3):422. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.02.013. PubMed PMID: 26942854.
  6. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol; Focus on: Pluripotent Stem cells

Medicine

  1. Peplow M. Synthetic biology’s first malaria drug meets market resistance. Nature. 2016 Feb 25;530(7591):389-90. doi: 10.1038/530390a. PubMed PMID: 26911755.

Genome editing

  1. Hayes RP, Xiao Y, Ding F, van Erp PB, Rajashankar K, Bailey S, Wiedenheft B, Ke A. Structural basis for promiscuous PAM recognition in type I-E Cascade from E. coli. Nature. 2016 Feb 10. doi: 10.1038/nature16995. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26863189.