A crop of excellent undergraduates from the Whiteman lab graduated this year. We're lucky enough to have several around for a little while longer, but they will be missed as they move on. Congratulations Amir, Nicolas, Jason, and Mitchell. Also belated congratulations to our Research Technician Erika, who graduated in the fall. Well done everyone!
Former PhD candidate Parris Humphrey successfully defended his dissertation on May 8, 2015. Parris is the first fledgeling from the Whiteman Lab and we're very proud of his excellent work. Congratulations Dr. Humphrey!
Amir extends a growing and illustrious line of Whiteman lab undergraduates accepted to medical school. He will join Matt Cravens ('14), another Whiteman lab alumnus, at the University of Arizona's medical school next year. Congratulations Amir!
Senior Amir Abidov (working with PhD student Parris Humphrey) won third place in the "Emerging" category of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Undergraduate Poster Session. Congratulations Amir!
Joseph Hernandez, a Tucson High Magnet School student working with postdoc Dr. Niels Groen, recently competed in the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) science fair. His poster entitled "Role of p-glycoproteins in toxic milkweed cardenolide resistance in Drosophila melanogaster" won second place in the "Grand Prize" category. Congratulations Joseph!
What does it take to get an herbivorous fly from a yeast-feeding ancestor? A new paper led by Ben Goldman-Huertas tackles this question by testing how host-finding behavior and sensory capacities differ between the herbivorous Scaptomyza flava and microbe-feeding relatives. This work, a collaboration with John Hildebrand's lab, was published earlier this week in PNAS. Also see UANews coverage of the paper here. Please also see a Commentary on this paper from Bill Hansson's group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology here.
Whiteman lab members and sabbatical visitor Patrick O'Grady recently published an opinion piece in Frontiers in Microbiology exploring the role that microbes (bacteria and yeast) may have had on the evolution of the Hawaiian Drosophilidae.
Postdoc Paul Nabity departed for Pullman, Washington this week. He'll start his own lab at Washington State University in the Spring. Best of luck Paul, we'll see you soon.
PERT Postdoc Rick Lapoint and family left us this week, bound for Bethesda, MD. Best of luck at the NCBI Sequence Read Archive!
Good luck to PhD Student Parris Humphrey, who will spend the next 6 weeks at the École Normale Supérieure in - yes - Paris, France. Learn lots, we'll see you soon.