Welcoming and farewell party – June 2017

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!:

  • Jovanny Salinas
  • Jose Gutierrez2017_6_Party

More genomics equipment!

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’s science project placed second in Alamo Regional Science Fair

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!Phoenix

New course will be taught in 2017 – Advanced genomics and bioinformatics

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.

Dr. Sung Il Kim joined the lab

Dr. Sung Il Kim joined the lab in September as a post-doctoral fellow. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Seoul National University. He published ten peer-reviewed papers during his Ph.D training including four 1st-authored, most of which look into ubiquitin modification in plants. Kang lab members who participated in the interview unanimously found him as the best candidate among the candidate pool last year. We are very excited to have him in the lab. Welcome aboard!2016_SungIl Kim

Kang Lab and San Marcos High School are partnering to foster science fair projects.

During the summer of 2016, Mr. Stedman, AP-biology teacher, and Phoenix, a freshman, from San Marcos High School participated in summer research in Kang lab. Phoenix has generated transgenic plants carrying with CRIPSR-Cas9 constructs with help from Yogi and is characterizing these plants. This project is to test how safe this revolutionary genome editing tool is in plants.

This research activity was featured in a local newspaper: http://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/news/smhs-and-texas-state-university-partner-grant-manipulate-plant-genes.

If you are a local high school student and very motivated to learn research, please contact Dr. Kang or Mr Stedman for more details.

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