Kassandra Kin wins best oral presentation at the UCR Undergraduate Research Symposium!

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!

Four undergraduates from the Dillman lab are presenting in the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

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.

Making Science Accessible

We just published the results of our PLoS One paper in the Science Journal for Kids. This is our first experience with this journal and we are excited to see the results of this work.
http://www.sciencejournalforkids.org/articles/why-are-some-parasites-picky-eaters
We think it is important to engage the public and to make science accessible and this seemed like a great way to do this. We are always looking for more ways to engage and welcome your feedback and ideas.

Activated entomopathogenic nematode infective juveniles release lethal venom proteins

Congratulations to Dihong Lu, Dennis Chang, and our collaborators. Our manuscript, “Activated entomopathogenic nematode infective juveniles release lethal venom proteins,” was just accepted by PLoS Pathogens. The paper is scheduled for early release on April 20th. Great work!

Molecular Helminthology 2017

Congratulations to Dennis Chang, for being awarded a travel scholarship to the Molecular Helminthology meeting in Cape Code this month!
https://www.elsevier.com/events/conferences/molecular-helminthology-an-integrated-approach/program

Be on the lookout for Dennis’s poster where he details our latest work in his poster: “The insect-parasitic nematode Steinernema carpocapsae releases a composition of lethal proteins inside hosts.” Good luck at the conference Dennis.

New paper published

A new paper was just published from the Dillman Lab. “Infective juveniles of the entomopathogenic nematode Steiernema scapterisci are preferentially activated by cricket tissue.” This was a collaborative effort between Dillman lab members Dihong Lu and Claudia Sepulveda. Congratulations on the fine work. This represents the first primary research article where all of the work was done in the Dillman lab. Here’s to many more!

Also, Tiffany Baiocchi is giving an oral presentation at the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology this week. Good luck Tiffany!