Today we moved back to our newly remodeled insectary. Happy rearing!
Behold the first graduate student in the lab, Joshua Raji. I am so delighted he chose me as his Ph.D. mentor. Joshua's mosquito expertise will surely enrich the lab. Thanks to FIU for supporting him!
Our nectar-seeking work is beginning to take shape thanks to Freddy.
An important step on the road to mutagenesis.
It was such a pleasure to host a special talk given by Daria Siekhaus, Ph.D., assistant professor at IST Austria. Her talk entitled Penetrating barriers: deformability, a cytokine and a transporter in Drosophila macrophage invasive migration was fantastic. We were all thankful to have the opportunity to hear her exciting results.
We have just submitted our first National Science Foundation pre-proposal with Jamie Theobald's lab. Hope we get invited to the next round!
Main lab space
Insectary for mosquito rearing
Two milestones were achieved this week. First, Adarsh Gopinath decided to do his PhD in the lab. Second, the insectary is up and running. Looking foward to week five.
The lab is still in its infancy. But at least, the insectary is keeping temperature. Hope to get consistant humidity next week. Getting to know my colleagues at FIU has been wonderful! Thanks to Fernando Noriega and his fantastic group for sheltering me while the final lab space is being set up.