Alex Nord will talk about the genetics of psychiatric disorders at the 11th Annual UC Davis Psychotic Disorders Conference. See meeting info here.
The annual Molecular and Cellular Biology T32 Retreat at Fallen Leaf Lake – not a bad place to talk science. Ayanna Wade, second year Ph.D. student in the UCD Neuroscience program gave a talk on her T32 training grant funded research and Linda Su-Feher (third year, BMCDB) presented a poster on her work. Only weak spot in lab representation was PI Alex Nord, who was disqualified during the datablitz competition.
We are hiring for two postdocs starting October 24th for newly funded research on enhancer biology. Strong candidates will have experience with genomic and AAV technologies applied to in vitro and in vivo models. See position posting on the SfN jobs website or follow the link on the lab homepage.
Alex Nord and postdoc Andrea Gompers will be presenting posters at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego. What an amazing view (on science)! See more about the meeting here.
Alex Nord talked at the 4th Annual Molecular Psychiatry meeting, from October 6th – October 9th, and Ph.D. student Linda Su-Feher presented a poster, both on our work understanding the role of chromatin remodeling in autism. Snorkeling may have been involved. Meeting info: https://www.molecularpsychiatry.net/past-meetings/4th-annual-molecular-psychiatry-meeting/
New paper in Neuron on using enhancers to study brain development. Congrats to Shanni Silberberg and John Rubenstein who led the work. We contributed to the genomic analysis of brain enhancers. Read more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27710791
Nord Lab contributes to a study identifying genetic loci that impact myocardial mass. We contributed to analysis showing that common genetic variants impact heart enhancers. Read more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27659466
New paper on the role of NKX2.1 in GABAergic neuron specification. In this collaboration between the Nord Lab and the lab of John Rubenstein at UCSF, Alex Nord was co-corresponding author and Ph.D. student Linda Su-Feher contributed to the work. Read more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27657450
First NIH grant for the Nord Lab! We received an NIGMS R35 MIRA award to study the sequence-encoded function of enhancers. Read more about the MIRA R35 program: https://www.nigms.nih.gov/research/mechanisms/MIRA/pages/default.aspx
First Annual Nord Lab Retreat at Bodega Bay, CA. Highlights included hikes and beach time, learning about marine creatures, and eating marine creatures. Science was also discussed.