University of California, Davis

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Rinaldo Catta-Preta was the lead organizer of the Northern California Computational Biology Annual Symposium, hosted at UC Davis

Rinaldo Catta-Preta, alongside the other members of the organizing committee (photo), hosted this year’s event at Gladys Valley Hall at UC Davis on October 12, 2019. Around 100 students, postdocs and faculty members, working with or interested in computational biology, attended the meeting and watched the cutting-edge work presented as talks and posters. Attendance this year included some southern California UC campi, other states, and Canada, besides northern California universities. The organizing committee was made up from students from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC San Francisco, and Stanford University. Bradley Jenner, intern at Nord Lab, presented a poster.

Linda Su-Feher Interns at Caribou Bio

Graduate student Linda Su-Feher returns from a three-month internship at Caribou Biosciences, a CRISPR-Cas genome editing company headquartered in Berkeley, CA. Between June 17th and September 20th, Linda worked in the Cell Engineering group at Caribou to characterize cells using techniques such as flow cytometry and fluorescence activated cell sorting.

Paper on Dlx TFs published in Cell Reports

Our collaboration with the Rubenstein Lab at UCSF on the function of Dlx TFs in lineage specification of basal ganglia and cortical interneurons is out in Cell Reports. Congrats to co-first author Rinaldo Catta-Preta, PhD student in the Nord lab, who did the computational heavy lifting and statistic analysis required to show how Dlx TFs work through genomic binding, chromatin regulation, and transcriptional activation or repression. Read the paper here.

Bradley Jenner Starts Internship at Nord Lab

Bradley Jenner, Junior undergraduate student at UC Davis majoring in Biotechnology, began an internship at Nord Lab in July 2019. He will work with Rinaldo and be trained in bioinformatics/computational biology, eventually contributing to a number of computational projects that address biological questions. Check out his personal website here, and connect with him on Twitter, Github, and LinkedIn!