Ethanol derived acetate modifies brain epigenetic landscape

Derek Sung: @immunofluorescence

Faculty Spotlight: Cesar de la Fuente

Regenerating the lung: harnessing the untapped potential of AT2 cells

Where are they now – Theonie Anastassiadis

Faculty Spotlight: Will Bailis

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February 8, 2020

Derek Sung, a third year CPM MD/PhD student in Mark Kahn’s lab, has found a unique way to showcase his appreciation for how beautiful cells can be - he runs the popular Instagram account, @Immunofluorescence. Derek utilizes immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy to study vascular biology and development during hematopoiesis, and in the placenta. He was first introduced to these techniques while working at the Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the NIH, and was particularly drawn to its inherent artistry. “Knowing the nuances in staining and imaging makes it as much of an art as a science,” he says. A...

November 19, 2019

Dr. Theonie Anastassiadis, 2017 alumna of CAMB/Cancer Biology, thought she knew what she wanted to do after graduate school. Theonie always pictured herself on the academic track and eventually running her own lab. However, in the summer of 2017, Theonie pursued an opportunity that changed the course of her career by participating as a Summer Fellow at a biotechnology venture creation firm known as Flagship Pioneering in Cambridge, Mass. After her summer at the company, she was offered a full-time position, where she now works as part of an entrepreneurial team to originate, resource, manage and grow bioscience companies that create breakthroughs in healt...

November 27, 2018

“What do you want to do after graduate school?”

This is the question that every PhD student dreads hearing. There are so many career paths that students with a PhD can follow after graduating, and it can be quite overwhelming to chose which path to take. Fortunately, Career Services offers many resources that can help students choose a career. Dr. Joseph Barber, Senior Associate Director at Career Services for graduate students and postdocs, talks about the resources offered by Career Services and shares some tips for easing the process of deciding the next steps after graduate school.

The first thing to keep in mind is that it is never too early to go to C...

August 25, 2018

Women in science face many obstacles throughout their careers. While the proportion of women earning PhDs in the sciences has increased from 37% in 1996 to 52% in 2014, there is still a gap in the number of women hired as junior faculty and an even larger gap among tenured faculty [1]. This disparity may be due in part to sexism and implicit bias. Indeed, a 2012 PNAS paper showed that when reviewing applications for lab manager positions, both female and male faculty display bias against female students [2]. Although things have been getting better for women in science, there is still much to be improved. Dr. Mary Mullins, Professor of Cell and Developmen...

March 1, 2018

The Biomedical Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is a student run group that represents the interests of graduate students from all seven Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) programs. BGSA is responsible for responding to students’ suggestions and ideas, and relaying them to the BGS administration, as well as the wider Penn community.

BGSA is run by an Executive Board, which includes a Chair and Vice Chairs of Administrative Affairs, Academics, Social Affairs, Finance, and Operations. There are also four Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) representatives who speak on behalf of BGSA at GAPSA meetings.Furthermore, each graduate group within B...

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