Regenerating the lung: harnessing the untapped potential of AT2 cells

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Faculty Spotlight: Will Bailis

Be The Match

GRAthletes in CAMB: Coral Kasden competes at 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru

Greening Our Labs

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November 19, 2019

A person is diagnosed with a blood cancer in the United States every 3 minutes. In 2019, blood cancer is expected to make up 10% of all new cancer cases diagnosed in the country. While chemotherapy remains the standard of care for blood cancer patients, hematopoietic stem cell transplant (also called bone marrow transplant) has improved the survival rate for some of these cancers from 0% to nearly 80%. Bone marrow transplant is a complex procedure where the patient’s damaged hematopoietic stem cells are completely removed with radiation and chemotherapy, and replaced with healthy stem cells from a matched bone marrow donor.

Be The Match is a national bone...

November 19, 2019

Coral Kasden, a second year GTV student, was featured as one of CAMB’s professional GRAthletes (“graduate athletes”) in the November 2018 issue of the CAMB Student Newsletter. Her goal last year was to be selected as coxswain for the United States boat in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. As an exciting update, she just accomplished this goal!

Coral is a rowing coxswain for the Men’s High Performance Group for the New York Athletic Club. Tucked into a small seat at the back of the boat, she steers, keeps the rowers on time, and directs the whole course of a race – an integral position that carries an immense amount of responsibility. Coral just ma...

August 16, 2019

In our personal lives, it is easy to list ways in which we can become “greener.” We can use reusable grocery bags, carry our own utensils and straws, hang our clothes out to dry, and so on. Although reducing our energy consumption and trash production is not always convenient, it is often relatively simple to implement these changes in our lives. As scientists, however, the path to being eco-friendly is less clear. We are all familiar with the piles of plastic and styrofoam we generate in our labs on a daily basis, but it can be easy to justify our waste or see it as inevitable. Elicia Preston, manager of the Murray Lab in the Department of Genetics at Pe...

August 16, 2019

Center City

  • Restaurants/Bars: 

    • Center City is a go-to for any type of food: quick bites at the crowded stalls in Reading Terminal Market, Philly classics like Federal Donuts, and special occasion establishments like Vernick Food and Drink.

    • Barbuzzo: Modern Mediterranean food. Save room for the salted-caramel budino dessert that can be spotted at almost every table.

    • Bob and Barbara’s: Local favorite with live jazz music on the weekends and the original home of the CityWide Special.

    • Parc: French Bistro and a Rittenhouse classic (also try the Caribou Cafe!).

    • Sampan/Graffiti Bar: Asian fusion cuisine. Follow the alle...

August 16, 2019

1st Year: Corey Holman

Welcome to Penn!!! I’m a first year CPM student in the Seale Lab who loves studying brown adipose tissue and metabolism. I took a couple years off to work as a tech before coming to Penn. Taking time off was the best decision for me - I got to discover what area of science really fascinated me, knew exactly which labs I wanted to rotate in, and gained life experience working for a couple years before going back to school. However, I have to say, the transition from working life back to school was difficult. I had never struggled in classes before but getting back into the studying mindset was harder than expected, especially in areas...

July 11, 2019

Over the last decade, DNA sequencing technologies have become more accessible, and a number of companies offering to unlock the secrets of our genome have become increasingly popular. These companies market themselves as tools for learning about ancestry and potentially connecting with distant relatives by analyzing their customers’ genomes. 

DNA extracted from saliva samples sent in by patrons is sequenced, and loci that are highly variable among different ethnic groups are compared to corresponding loci in existing libraries. The largest of these companies, and 23&Me, have user libraries containing the genomes of over 15 million individuals...

July 10, 2019

Faculty from left to right (top photo): Dan Kessler, Chris Lengner, Joe Baur, Jean Bennett, Ben Prosser, Mary Mullins

March holds a beloved holiday for nerds all around the world: Pi Day. The classic way to celebrate this holiday is through feasting on pie, but here in CAMB we put a twist on this tradition. For the third year in a row, the CAMB Student Newsletter team hosted its annual “Pie a PI” event on Thursday, March 14. As the name suggests, this event involves gathering round and watching CAMB faculty members get pies thrown in their faces. In the days leading up to Pi Day, those wanting to pie a PI purchased $1 raffle tickets to enter for the chance...

February 19, 2019

Little League. High School Sports. NCAA College Athletics. The Super Bowl. The Olympic Games. Athletics are an important pillar throughout all stages of society. The Eagles are playing on everyone’s TV on most Sundays of the school year. Yet, student athletes seem to be forgotten in graduate school. Many CAMB students are still highly involved in athletics, from the social intramural level up through the professional level. These students have a passion competing in athletics that their fellow students and PIs alike are unaware of. This article spotlights four graduate student athletes, or “GRAthletes,” who participate in in a variety of sports to compete...

February 19, 2019

The field of public health goes hand in hand with biomedical research to keep people healthy and safe through disease prevention. Doctoral students in Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) looking to form a bridge between their research and public health can do so through the Public Health Certificate Program (PHCP), which is offered through the Master of Public Health Program (MPH Program). Founded in 2006, PHCP complements graduate studies by teaching students population-based approaches to research that allow them to think broadly about the effect of biomedical research on public health.

Training biomedical scientists from a public health perspective is of...

February 19, 2019

Creativity is, “the process of generating new information”, states Dr. Tina Seelig, professor at Stanford University and author on innovation entrepreneurship and creativity [1].

She continues to explain that, “[creativity] at the core is the ability to look at problems from different angles, to connect and combine concepts, and the ability to challenge traditional assumptions. These are skills that require practice to master.” Historically oversimplified as a property of the brain’s right-side hemisphere, creativity is a neurologically complex process involving the flow of mental connections across multiple brain networks [2,3]. This makes it clear that...

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