Dr. Roland Kersten is a Life Sciences Research Foundation fellow, who joins us from San Diego after obtaining his PhD at UCSD working with Dr. Bradley Moore and Dr. Pieter Dorrestein and a short post doc at Salk Institute with Dr. Joseph Noel. Roland is an expert in marine natural products and metabolomics, and an advanced surfer. He has brought his surfboard with him all the way from California! He’ll explore new places to surf at the Atlantic coast. Welcome!
Dr. Tomas Pluskal joins the lab as a postdoc associate. Tomas is a metabolomics guru, well known as the developer for MZmine 2, a very popular open-source software for mass-spectrometry data processing. Tomas came to us from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, where he did his PhD. Tomas is also a world-renowned martial artist in Karate trained with master Kiyohide Shinjo!
Jing-Ke Weng is among the speakers for the 2015 TEDx Beacon Street conference, which is scheduled in November. Stay tuned.
Weng lab hosts three repeated science outreach sessions this summer as part of the Whitehead CampBio Program geared towards middle school students. The theme of this year’s activities is “Biology in Ecology”. The students will collect plants, insects, soil and water samples from Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, and analyze these samples in the lab. See photos of these fun activities here.
Maria Vicent Allende, a sophomore from Williams College, joined the Weng lab as a summer intern through the Williams-Whitehead Summer Program to carry out research related to bioluminescence. Welcome!
Congratulations to Anastassia for winning the Merck Prize from the MIT Department of Biology for outstanding research and academic performance in biophysical or bioinfomatics sciences!
Congrats to Mike, Tim, Olesya and Anastassia for winning a swath of awards at the 2015 NEASPB annual meeting!
Congratulations to Mike for winning the best oral presentation award, Tim and Olesya for winning the best poster presentation award in the graduate student category, and Anastassia for winning the best poster presentation award in the undergraduate student category at 2015 Northeast Section Meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists (NEASPB) at Northeastern University on April 11 – 12! Well done!
Warm welcome to Bastien Christ, who recently received his Ph.D. degree from Universität Zürich and joined us as a postdoctoral fellow.