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Nord Lab at ABRCMS

For over 20 years, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Scientists (ABRCMS) has been the go-to conference for underrepresented community college, undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year, our postbac PREP scholar Kiya Jackson, along with undergraduate researchers Darlene Rahbarian and Luis Farrach, represented the Nord Lab by participating in the conference that took place from November 9-12, in Anaheim, CA. They presented posters with their contributions to the ongoing Disease Modeling and Enhancer Biology projects in our lab. “I really enjoyed my experience at ABRCMS because I was able to gain a better sense of self belonging in the field of science and learned a lot from other research-oriented students” said Dalene Rahbarian. “My favorite part about attending ABRCMS was networking with scientists from diverse fields and stages of their scientific careers. This was also my third in-person conference after a couple years of virtual events. I really enjoyed the opportunity to interact and present my research” commented Kiya Jackson. Well done Nord lab trainees!


Nicolas Seban presents at ASHG2022 and SFN2022

Second year Neuroscience graduate student shares ongoing research on a single nucleus RNAseq model of the developing brain in a novel mutant WAC mouse at the annual meetings of the American Society for Human Genetics conference in Los Angeles, CA and the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego, CA. This project was in collaboration with the Vogt Lab at Michigan State University.

Ana Santos was accepted into the Autism Research Training Program

Ana, a new postdoc in the lab, was accepted into the competitive Autism Research Training Program (ARTP) hosted at the MIND Institute starting in the Fall. She will receive additional training on the diverse and interdisciplinary clinical and research approaches in Autism. She will have the opportunity to attend lecture series and training opportunities such as a career development course, the ARTP retreat, and to make new colleagues. Congratulations!

Stephanie Lozano awarded MCB T32 training grant

After presenting an original research proposal on her work involving snRNA-seq analysis of Chd8 mutant mouse cortex, second year graduate student Stephanie was asked to participate in the highly reputable MCB T32 training program as a fully funded trainee. Well done Stephanie!

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!

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