Avery Abelhouzen awarded SDB poster prize

Avery Abelhouzen was awarded 2nd place in the undergraduate poster competition at the Society for Developmental Biology’s 79th Annual Meeting 2020. She was selected as a finalist out of the 601 posters presented this year and competed in a Q&A session to claim 2nd prize for her poster entitled “Loss of jag2b leads to adult-onset…

Dr. Yost awarded an NIH R25 Grant

Dr. Joseph Yost has been awarded a five year NIH R25 grant entitled “Genomics Summer Research for Minorities: A Pathway to Promote Diversity in Science Research. This grant is to bring Underrepresented Minorities undergraduates (12 per year) into a program to give them exposure to Genomics and mentor them to apply to graduate or Medical…

Angie named a Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholar!

Dr. Angie Serrano was awarded one of five prestigious Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholar transition grants! Congratulations Angie! The Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars is a recently established program, now in its second year, that will support individual scientists of exceptional creativity who have an MD or PhD degree and who have completed a minimum of three…

Chelsea awarded a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Chelsea Herdman was awarded a three year postdoctoral fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2020-2023) for her project entitled “The roles of microRNAs in the regulation of heart development and human congenital heart disease” https://www.canada.ca/en/institutes-health-research/news/2019/05/government-of-canada-invests-in-top-research-leaders-of-tomorrow.html

Angie’s paper published in PLoS Biology

Inhibition of Notch signaling rescues cardiovascular development in Kabuki Syndrome Kabuki Syndrome patients have a spectrum of congenital disorders, including congenital heart defects, the primary determinant of mortality. Seventy percent of Kabuki Syndrome patients have mutations in the histone methyl-transferase KMT2D. However, the underlying mechanisms that drive these congenital disorders are unknown. Here, we generated…

Trisheena Kills Pretty Enemy is being awarded the Daniel Voyich Award for Indigenous Community Involvement

Trisheena, a former NARI (Native American Research Internship – University of Utah) student in the Yost lab, who trained with Angie Serrano summer 2018 is being honoured for her academic excellence and dedication to her family and Crow culture at Montana State University’s 2019 American Indian Council Powwow. Congratulations Trisheena! Read the article from Montana…

Sarah’s postdoc work published in Nature Communications!

Here, we show that neural crest derived cardiomyocytes (NC-Cms) in the zebrafish ventricle express Notch ligand jag2b, are adjacent to Notch responding cells, and persist throughout life. Genetic ablation of NC-Cms during embryogenesis results in diminished jag2b, altered Notch signaling and aberrant trabeculation patterns, but is not detrimental to early heart function or survival to adulthood. However,…