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On 3/21, several lab members attended the 130th Annual Academy Meeting for the Indiana Academy of Science. The participants were: Meng She, Zain Abedali, Martin Tian, Ryan Wyer, Sylvia Bonilla, Prahatha Venkatraman and Yuk Fai Leung. Meng, Zain and Martin presented a poster of their undergraduate research work under the supervision of graduate students Sylvia and Prahatha. Here are a few pictures of the event.

Leung Lab and Dr. Chris Sahley at the IAS Annual Meeting.

Leung Lab the selfie style!

Martin Tian

Martin presenting his work.

Zain Abedali

Zain presenting his work.

Meng She

Meng presenting her poster.

Undergraduate students: Meng, Zain, Ryan Wyer, and Martin

Meng, Sylvia Bonilla (their research mentor), and Martin.

Zain, Prahatha Venkatraman (their research mentor), Ryan.

 

On 3/18, students from Jefferson high school in Lafayette visited our department. They were hosted by the Leung Lab. See our departmental news for the details of the visit. Here are several pictures of the event.

Prahatha Venkatraman giving students a lecture on zebrafish research.

Prahatha Venkatraman and Isidore Julien showing students how to observe developing zebrafish embryos.

Dr. Clark Gedney described the research opportunities in our department for high school students.

Isidore Julien discussing with Dr. Melissa George about student learning experience.

Yuk Fai Leung showing students how to observe zebrafish embryos.

Students studying zebrafish embryos—I.

Students studying zebrafish embryos—II.

Fai and Prahatha led a Development and Disease Research Lab section in the 12th USA Biology Olympiad Finals at Purdue University and shared our lab research on eye drug discovery using the zebrafish model. The students also learned essential basic skills for zebrafish research.


photoalbum by USA Biology Olympiad.

The members of the Leung Lab gathered to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays on 12/6/2013. Here are some pictures (Courtesy of Lue Xiang).

Robert Carmer, an HHMI Summer Undergrate Student, was featured in the press releases of the College of Science and Department of Biological Sciences.

Robert Carmer presenting the research work that he conducted with the other lab members, including Gaonan Zhang and Prahatha Venkatraman

Also see him describing his research experience in this video.

I visited Ho Yu College in Hong Kong last month. A good mentor Dr. William Mak has been running a great biotechnology education program for the primary and secondary school students, as well as the public there. See an old post about their outreach program in which they fit a whole research lab into custom-built bus! I shared the research program of our laboratory at Purdue University on using zebrafish to screen drugs for vision benefit.

 

I outlined our approach on using simple visual behaviour assays to identify positive effects of drugs. I specifically emphasized on the potential to analyze many of traditional Chinese medicines; the treasure that we have been consuming for generations. Some of these possibilities are outlined in our recent review paper:

Zhang LY, Chong L, Cho J, Liao PC, Shen F, Leung YF. Drug Screening to Treat Early-Onset Eye Diseases: Can Zebrafish Expedite the Discovery? Asia-Pac J Ophthalmol 2012; 1:374-383. [Full text][pdf]

 

The interaction with the students was fantastic. They were very imaginative and eager to ask questions all the time! Their enthusiasm was infectious and is the driving force of scientific progress. That also reminded me of the problem of our education in stifling creativity when students are “educated”, which I wrote in a separate post recently.

This is truly an enjoyable experience and I look forward to visiting them again soon!