How do neurons form in vertebrate embryos and why are so few created in adults? How do pediatric cancer cells metastasize and what controls their migratory behavior? The Saxena lab investigates these important questions in their natural, in vivo context by combining high-resolution live imaging with genetic, molecular, and physical perturbation and novel methods of quantitative analysis. Scroll down for an overview of our imaging, lab members, and the latest lab news or click around for details.
Lab News 09/2019: Undergrads Jagjot Dhingra, Arefa Suleiman, and Kaelan Wong were all awarded Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Awards (CURAs), and undergrad Nathan Burg was awarded an Honors College Travel Grant! 05/2019: The lab has been awarded a 1 year pilot project grant from the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology! We look forward to building on our in vivo approaches to interrogate olfactory neurogenesis! 05/2019: Grad student Sriivatsan G. Rajan and undergrad Nathan Burg won travel awards from the Society for Developmental Biology for the meeting in Boston, MA! 04/2019: Grad student Sriivatsan G. Rajan won the Biological Sciences Award for Excellence in Research! 04/2019: Undergrad Nathan Burg won the Chancellor's Student Service Award! 03/2019: The lab's first preprint is live!: twitter.com/SaxenaLab/status/1111373560512016385?s=20 11/2018: Undergrad Jocelyn Garcia takes home the First Place prize!: twitter.com/SaxenaLab/status/1063608013758427137 10/2018: Undergrad Jocelyn Garcia was selected as one of five finalists to present her work at the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology's Annual Conference to compete for their Prize for Undergraduate Research! 10/2018: Grad student Kristin Gallik wins 'Best Basic Science Talk'! twitter.com/SaxenaLab/status/1047271515526500353 twitter.com/SaxenaLab/status/1047213149026484224 08/2018: Grad students Kristin Gallik and Sriivatsan G. Rajan were selected to present two of the four Basic Science talks in the medical school's university-wide GEMS Research Symposium! 08/2018: Undergrads Jagjot Dhingra and Brogan Casper-Strauss were awarded Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Awards (CURAs)! 05/2018: Grad student Sriivatsan G. Rajan was accepted to attend the prestigious Zebrafish Development and Genetics course at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole! He also received an MBL scholarship and a UIC travel award. 04/2018: Congratulations to Sriivatsan and Kristin on their manuscript "Tracking neural crest cell cycle progression in vivo" being accepted for publication in genesis's 'Neural Crest' Special Issue! 04/2018: Grad student Kristin Gallik won the Biological Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching (for the second time) and the Award for Excellence in Research! Geez, leave some awards for the other students, Kristin... :-) 04/2018: Undergrad Sam Malkana won 1st Place (out of over 200 entries) in the university-wide UIC Student Research Forum Poster Competition (Life Sciences category)! Well done! 04/2018: Welcome to the lab, grad student Joe Lombardo! 03/2018: Grad student Sriivatsan G. Rajan won in the Biological Sciences Research Photo Competition! 11/2017: Undergrad Jocelyn Garcia presented a poster on her work at the 2017 ABRCMS conference in Phoenix, AZ! Well done! 10/2017: Undergrad Jocelyn Garcia was awarded a Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award (CURA)! 10/2017: Undergrad Daniel Koshy was awarded an Honors College Undergraduate Research Grant! 09/2017: Grad student Sriivatsan G. Rajan placed as a Finalist in the UIC Image of Research Competition! His image is above (left side, 3 embryos). 08/2017: Congratulations to Kristin, Randall, Lynne, and Abbie on their accepted review article "Neural Crest and Cancer: Divergent Travelers on Similar Paths", the first publication from the Saxena lab! 08/2017: Welcome to the lab, research assistant Dani Bergey! And congrats to Jocelyn Garcia on an outstanding poster presentation at the end of the Bridges to the Baccalaureate program and her decision to stay on in the lab as an undergraduate student! 07/2017: Welcome to the lab, postdoc Celine Cluzeau! 04/2017: Welcome to the lab, grad students Sriivatsan Govinda Rajan and Xinghang Jiang! 04/2017: Undergrad student Sam Malkana was awarded a Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI) Award! 03/2017: Congrats to our collaborator Dr. Dawood Darbar for a great score on his R01 application that the Saxena lab is a major part of! We look forward to working on this exciting project. 10/2016: Welcome to the lab, medical student Randall Treffy! 06/2016: Grad student Vijay Warrier won a Travel Award for the Society for Developmental Biology Annual Meeting in Boston, MA! He will be presenting his poster "Quantitative characterization of collective stem cell migration during olfactory neurogenesis". 05/2016: Chris Cicinelli was accepted into the Master of Science in Medical Biotechnology program at the University of Illinois! 05/2016: Grad student Kristin Gallik was accepted to attend the prestigious Zebrafish Development and Genetics course at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole! She also received an MBL scholarship and two UIC travel awards for this course and the SDB conference. 04/2016: Undergrad Daniel Koshy was awarded a Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI) Award! 04/2016: Grad student Kristin Gallik won the prestigious university-wide Provost Deiss Award! She was one of 20 students campus-wide and the only student in Biological Sciences to do so. 04/2016: Grad student Kristin Gallik won the Biological Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching! 04/2016: The Saxena lab, along with the Prince lab (University of Chicago), received a $250,000 CBC Catalyst Award grant!
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