We are so happy for undergraduate researcher Paul Medina, who has been accepted to UCLA and will finish his undergraduate studies there. We will, of course, miss his work ethic and cheerful attitude in the lab. We wish him well and look forward to hearing about his plans after graduation.
We just published a book chapter in “Entomopathogenic and Slug Parasitic Nematodes,” by CABI press. The chapter is titled “Genetic improvement of entomopathogenic nematodes for enhanced biological control.” Congratulations to Tiffany for her hard work. It only took two years from when we finished writing it to actually seeing it published.
Congratulations to Tiffany Baiocchi for her recent paper, “Host seeking parasitic nematodes use specific odors to assess host resources.” In this paper she identifies volatile odors that parasitic nematodes use to differentiate between infected and uninfected insect hosts. The lab is proud of her hard work. We published a nice paper today!
Her paper also made the news at UCR: https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/48320
This summer we have several students who have won awards or successfully competed for summer research opportunities.
Kassandra Kin was accepted into the Computational Entomology REU program at UCR and will be continuing her research in our lab over the summer (http://www.cs.ucr.edu/~eamonn/REU/). Congratulations Kassandra!
Nathan Mercado was accepted into the RISE program at UCR this summer and will be continuing his research in our lab as part of the program (http://cnasscholars.ucr.edu/RISE.html). Congratulations Nathan!
Valentina Alonso was awarded a MARC U STAR award from UCR, which will fund the remaining two years of her bachelor degree at UCR and provide research opportunities this and next summer (http://marcu.ucr.edu/). Congratulations Valentina!
Postdoctoral researcher Sudarshan Aryal has accepted a position as a Senior Scientist in Nematology at Marrone Bio Innovations. Sudarshan came to work with us after obtaining his PhD in 2015 from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He worked as a postdoc in the Dillman lab for two years. We will miss him but wish him well in his future endeavors. Hopefully we’ll get to catch up with him at the Society of Nematologists Meetings in the future.
Dr. Dillman is participating as an invited keynote lecturer in a BARD workshop on “Chemosensation of Plant- and Insect-Parasitic Nematodes and its Role in Pest Control.” He’s excited to meet new colleagues and catch up with old friends. Other workshop attendees include David Bird, Johnathan Dalzell, Itamar Glazer, Elissa Hallem, and Valerie Williamson, among others. Lots of exciting behavioral work being done.
Members of our lab will be presenting research at a variety of meetings this summer. First up we have Tiffany Baiocchi and undergraduate Kassandra Kin attending the GSA C. elegans Conference at UCLA at the end of June. Next Dr. Dillman and Dennis Chang will represent the lab at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society of Nematologists in August. Then Dihong Lu and undergraduate Paul Medina will attend the Golden Jubilee Conference of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology in August. We are excited to be interacting with our colleagues at all of these scientific venues and are anxious to see what other labs are working on.
Congratulations to Paul Medina, for being selected as the First Place Co-Champion of the Nematode Division Student Travel Award competition for the upcoming Society for Invertebrate Pathology meeting. Be on the lookout for Paul’s presentation at the meeting in San Diego in August.
Congratulations to Kassandra Kin, who represented the lab by presenting a talk at the recent undergraduate symposium. Of 64 oral presentations over the two day symposium, Kassandra was honored with the prize for best oral presentation. Kassandra’s hard work, practice, and careful planning has been rewarded. In addition to this recent award, Kassandra was accepted into the Computational Entomology Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) over the summer here at UCR. We are excited to see what she learns over the summer. Keep up the excellent work!
Lauren Allison, Carter Gerke, Kassandra Kin, and Paul Medina are sophomore undergraduate students in the Dillman lab and all four are presenting research at the 11th annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium at UCR May 3rd and 4th. Congratulations to each of them. They have worked hard and we are excited to see where their experiments will take us.