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Jarret Lowe joins the lab

I am pleased to welcome Jarrett Lowe to the lab! Jarrett comes from the Knock Out Mouse Project (KOMP) at Baylor College of Medicine.  At KOMP he was involved in the high throughput production of mouse mutants for phenotyping as well as different phenotyping assays. In our lab, Jarrett will be involved in colony maintenance, starting up the breeding and handling for our upcoming SIDS genetic screen, and mouse phenotyping.

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Eunice Lands Prestigious GE Internship/Scholarship

In other fantastic news, undergraduate Ray Lab alum Eunice Aissi, has been offered a highly prestigious position at General Electric in their renewables division. Eunice won the position after presenting her work in the lab on the Automated Closed Loop Neonate Respiratory Measurement System. The position will allow her to gain valuable work experience while covering tuition for a Master’s degree. Congratulations!

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Lab scores an R01 in the third percentile!

The lab recently submitted an RO1 grant with the aim of utilizing a recently developed automated closed loop neonate respiratory assessment platform to screen mouse mutants from the BCM KOMP effort. KOMP, or the Knockout Mouse Project is an international effort to mutate and broadly phenotype every gene in the mouse genome. The grant will leverage an array of our newly developed platforms to screen KOMP mutants for phenotypes in protective neonate respiratory reflexes that may be disrupted in Sudden…

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Dipak Patel joins the lab

We are excited to welcome Dipak Patel to the lab as a new Graduate student in the lab. Dipak is a first year student in the Genetics and Genomics Program. Prior to coming to BCM Dipak did his Bachelor’s at Illinois State University. He also worked as Research Assistant at MD Anderson in yeast. Somehow, the immeasurably longer generation time of mice as compared to yeast or flies has not scared Dipak off.

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Savannah Lusk Receives Diversity Supplement

Congratulations Savannah! She just received an NIH Diversity Supplement to our recently renewed NIH Grant on mapping noradrenergic neurons in respiratory control. Savannah’s work will focus on the potential interplay between the noradrenergic and serotonergic systems in protective neonate respiratory reflexes and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It is well known that serotonergic deficiencies are linked to SIDS and when modeled in animals, disrupt breathing and chemosensory reflexes. Preliminary data in our lab suggests that noradrenergic system manipulations may be…

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Avery Twitchell-Heyne joins the lab

We are excited to have Avery Twitchell-Heyne join the lab. Avery is a graduate of Rice University with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Under the current circumstances, she will be working from home to assist us in developing a comprehensive software suite for the analysis of cardio-respiratory waveforms (gotta do something in this shutdown!). Avery will be working with Savannah and Chris ward, who have built the foundation of the software. Avery will head the effort to build…

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New post-doc joining the lab (Savannah)!

We are excited to have our first post-doc, Savannah Barnett, joining the lab! Savannah did her Ph.D. work in the lab of Aihua Li at Dartmouth Medical School. Her thesis work was on the neurogenic role of high blood pressure in SH Rats, showing how a small subset of postnatally born hypothalamic neurons play a role in hypertension. She has extensive experience in rodent cardio-respiratory measurements, genetics, and neural circuit mapping that will no doubt ensure her success in the…

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