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.
Research in the Olson Lab was featured by Nature Research Ecology & Evolution. Brad’s seminar at Volvox 2019 discussed recent genomic advances in the volvocine algae. Berenice’s was given an award for her seminar on the genes important for the transition to undifferentiated multicellularity.
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!
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!
The “-omics” revolution has revolutionized biology, yet our ability to analyze the deluge of data generated by these approaches. In 2019, I will be teaching a new Data Science course aimed at biologists that are dealing with these enormous data sets. We will be focusing on applying machine learning techniques to biological data sets. We will be focusing on skills for effective software development, coding scientifically, and learning how to leverage machine learning tools such as TensorFlow to analyze biological datasets.
After the Hale library fire we lost a portion of our old website and are trying to reconstruct it from backups. Excuse our mess as we transition the Olson Lab website to a new host with its own domain.
Jessica Rakijas earned a KINBRE post-doctoral fellowship for 2018. Congrats to Jessica in earning funding for her cutting edge research.