Yogendra, the first Ph.D. student in the lab, successfully defended his thesis entitled “Epigenetic regulation of the defense gene induction in Arabidopsis thaliana in response to Pseudomonas syringae” on November 3, 2017. His committee consists of the following members: Dr. Dan Klessig (Cornell U.), Dr. Ping He (Texas A&M), Dr. Nihal Dharmasiri (Texas State), and Dr. Suni Dharmasiri (Texas State). We sincerely thank him for his excellent work and contribution.
Starting in September, 2017, Dr. Kang has been tenured and promoted to Associate Professor. He also received a college achievement award for the excellence in scholarly/creative activities.
We have three undergrad students leaving for the new adventure as follows. We sincerely thank them for the contribution:
- Nicole: Ph.D studentship, Biochem & Molecular Biology, University of Florida
- Kinsey: M.S. studentship, College of Health Profession, Texas State University
- Lars: M.D. studentship, U of Texas – Austin
We also have two undergrad students joining the lab as follows. Welcome!:
Since last year, we and other labs in the department of biology have acquired several genomics tools. We are now running most of the genomics procedures on site and welcome any collaboration requests. Following is a part of the equipment list (* phyically locate in the lab; the others are in the building):
i) Agilent Bioanalyzer
ii) Illumina MiSeq Sequencer
iii) Bioruptor Pico*
iv) Nanopore MinIon Sequencer*
Phoenix, a freshmen from San Marcos High School, presented her science fair project last Friday in Alamo Regional Science Fair, entitled “CRISPR-CAS9, the most popular genome editing tool, led to a poor response to drought stress in plants: Is CRISPR-CAS9 safe to use?”. This project was placed second and advanced to the state fair. Congrat!
Dr. Kang will teach a new graduate course, BIO7360: Advanced genomics and bioinformatics, starting Fall 2017. This course will target graduate students who has experience in basic cluster computing tools and intend to provide hands-on experience to process and analyze data produced from contemporary genomic tools. Note that BIO4480: Cytology and microtechniques, which has been open every year, will alternate with this course starting next year. Anyone interested in these two courses should plan ahead.