Our paper on gene loss during the transition to multicellularity is available on BioRxiv. Here we show that as the volvocines gain biological and developmental complexity that they are losing more genes than they gain. Importantly, the result of this appear to be that their protein interaction networks are altered to do this. This was a large multi year effort led by PhD student Bereníce Jimenez-Marín and included several undergraduate researchers and collaboration with Tom Platt’s lab. It is currently under revision after peer review.
The Volvox 2022 meeting (https://www.volvox2022.org) will be virtual via zoom this year. Registration is free, so come and join us for three days of talks
First, there is now a Volvox specific Slack channel – send an email to Brad for an invitation link.
Second, we are starting monthly Volvox and volvocine algae specific virtual lab meetings. Email Brad for details on how to participate. Both are open to all researchers at all levels.
Bernice made a big splash at Volvox 2019 in Tokyo, Japan where her seminar was awarded “Best Young Scientist Presentation Award”. This is a huge honor from Bernice’s peers in the Volvox community.
Berenice Jimenez, a PhD student in the Olson Lab, presented her research on the evolution of cell adhesion at Volvox 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Berenice earned travel awards from the KSU Graduate Student Council, the Kato Memorial Bioscience Foundation and the University of Tokyo Foundation. Congrats to Berenice on international recognition of her work!
Berenice Jimenez has landed a travel award to attend Volvox 2019 in Tokyo, Japan (http://www.bs.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~tayousei/Volvox2019/index.html)!
Volvox 2019 is now open for registration. The Olson Lab hopes to see you in Tokyo, Japan!
Kendal Olde, a summer undergraduate intern with the SUROP and KINBRE programs earned 2nd place for her seminar at KINBRE 2019. Congrats on a successful seminar! Kendall visited the Olson Lab from Langston University during the summer of 2018 and helped post-doc Jessica Rakijas with her research. Job well done Kendall!