Congratulations to our own Rui Gao, who graduated last week brilliantly defending her thesis on engineering ecDNAs in cells and in animals! Rui has been an outstanding member of our lab and we will all miss her very much. She should be proud for having launched several new lines of research that will keep usContinue reading “Congrats Dr. Gao!”
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On the role of miRNAs in adult tissues
We are thrilled to share a new paper describing a novel approach to interfere with global microRNA activity in cells and in living animals without affecting miRNA biogenesis or miRNA abundance. You can read the paper on eLife or on bioRxiv, where it was initially posted as a preprint. At the core of this workContinue reading “On the role of miRNAs in adult tissues”
A warm welcome to Davide Pradella, our new postdoc! Davide is from Gravedona, a small village on the north shores of Lake Como, in Italy. He obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics, Molecular, and Cellular Biology from the University of Pavia, working on RNA metabolism at the Institute of Molecular Genetics (IGM). Davide research interests willContinue reading “Welcome Davide!”
Congratulations Dr. Xiaoyi Li!!!
A big congratulations to our own Xiaoyi Li who today brilliantly earned her PhD with a wonderful presentation to cap five years of hard work and a remarkable first author paper in Molecular Cell. Xiaoyi will soon move to the west coast to start her postdoctoral training. Running a lab can be frustrating at times,Continue reading “Congratulations Dr. Xiaoyi Li!!!”
We are hiring!
We have an NIH-funded postdoctoral position available immediately to study BRAF-driven pediatric brain cancers. You will use ex vivo and in vivo somatic chromosomal engineering to model and characterize pediatric brain tumors driven by the BRAF oncogene, with a particular focus on tumors driven by BRAF gene fusions. The goals include defining the molecular mechanismsContinue reading “We are hiring!”
Retreat 2018: celebrating the first 10 years
This year we headed upstate for a two days of sport, science, brainstorming, and good food. Gaspare entertained everybody with his unsuspected skills as piano player and singer. The brainstorming session produced many interesting new ideas, with Nathan, Ram, and Jinny securing the top three places (and an Amazon gift card each!). It wasContinue reading “Retreat 2018: celebrating the first 10 years”
Vidigal lab: open for business
We are happy to announce that our former postdoc Joana Vidigal is starting her own lab at NCI. Given her successes as a grad student and as a postdoc it is easy to predict she will be an outstanding group leader. If you are interested in RNA biology and genome editing, her lab is theContinue reading “Vidigal lab: open for business”
Ping Mu: from student to PI
Ping Mu, our very first graduate student, after completing a very successful postdoc with Charles Sawyers, has now started his own lab at UTSW where he will continue his ground breaking work on prostate cancer. If you are looking for a postdoctoral position I cannot think of a better environment and a better lab! ToContinue reading “Ping Mu: from student to PI”
Great news today: Alexander Perez was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list! This is a prestigious and well-deserved recognition for the important work on CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing he did as a joint MD/PhD student between Christina Leslie’s lab and ours. Way to go Alex!!!
Modeling brain cancer with CRISPR
We are proud to announce that our latest manuscript: “Somatic chromosomal engineering identifies BCAN-NTRK1 as a potent glioma driver and therapeutic target”, has been just published in Nature Communications. This work was the result of a truly collaborative effort between our lab and the lab ot our neighbors at MSKCC: Robert Benezra and Maurizio Scaltriti.Continue reading “Modeling brain cancer with CRISPR”