Congrats to Dr. Ben Umans and Dr. Zecai Liang as they successfully defended their PhDs. Good luck in your new adventures!
Welcome to Marito Hayashi and Danny Bin!
Rui Chang just left to start his new lab at Yale! Best of luck to him, and glad that he is still relatively close by!
Welcome new postdocs Nao Horio, GaYoung Lee, Soohong Min, Jinfei Ni, Chen Ran and Chuchu Zhang!
Congratulations to Qian and Rui for securing faculty positions! Qian obtained an Independent Investigator position at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, while Rui will begin a faculty position at Yale this fall. Best of luck! We will miss you!
....for their paper in Cell!!!!
'Sensory neurons that detect stretch and nutrients in the digestive system'
Here is a nice HMS news story from Liz Cooney:
We are excited to have Sara Prescott join the lab after a terrific PhD thesis at Stanford with Joanna Wysocka.
Congratulations to Swathi for receiving the Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellowship, to Rui for getting a fellowship from the American Heart Association, to Nikhil for receiving the Damon Runyon Fellowship, and to Ben for obtaining an NRSA.
Good luck with the rest of medical school! We hope your extensive knowledge base on the vagus nerve comes in handy.
Congratulations to Qian Li, Yaw Tachie-Baffour, Zhikai Liu, Maude Baldwin, and our colleague Andrew Kruse for their paper in eLife, 'Non-classical amine recognition evolved in a large clade of olfactory receptors'.
Congratulations to Rui Chang, who was given the Outstanding Post-doc Award by the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School, as part of National Post-doc Appreciation Week.
Wishing you the best of luck as you move forward with your career. We will miss you here!
Congratulations to Rui, Dave, Erika, and Ben for their paper in Cell which describes the genetic identification of vagal sensory neurons that differentially control breathing. Please find a summary of this work in HMS news:
Congratulations to Maude Baldwin, and colleagues Yasuka Toda, Tomoya Nakagita, Mary O'Connell, Kirk Klasing, Takumi Misaka, and Scott Edwards for their publication in Science on hummingbird taste!
A nice perspective from Gary Beauchamp and Peihua Jiang:
Congratulations to David Ferrero, and our collaborators Ashiq Hussain, Luis Saraiva, and Sigrun Korsching for their PNAS paper! This work describes zebrafish TAAR13c as an olfactory receptor for the death-associated odor cadaverine.
Here is a write-up in BBC News:
and the Harvard Gazette:
Congratulations to David Ferrero, Qian Li, Dheeraj Roy, and our good friends and collaborators Marc Spehr and Kazushige Touhara for their recent Nature paper. This work identified ESP22 as a juvenile pheromone that inhibits sexual behavior through the vomeronasal system.
More information can be found in articles from:
The New York Times:
And a video interview of the lab, "Tears for Fears":
Congratulations to Dr. David Ferrero, who successfully defended his thesis in record time (n=1). We are proud of you, although this is a bitter sweet moment- you will be missed. We wish you the best of luck moving forward!
Welcome to BBS graduate student Zecai ('CC') Liang, who joined the lab, and is excited to study pheromone responsive neural circuits! Also, congratulations on passing your PQE!
Congrats to Qian Li and colleagues for their paper in Current Biology: "Synchronous evolution of an odor biosynthesis pathway and behavioral response"!
For more information, see an article at HMS News:
and a Dispatch from Current Biology:
Congratulations to Dheeraj Roy, and our colleagues Gilad Barnea and Stavros Lomvardas for their recent paper in PNAS:
Welcome to our new lab research assistant: Yaw Baffour, who comes to us by way of Ghana and Columbia University. Also welcome back to our master fisherman, Adan Horta, who is returning for the summer SHURP program before his senior year at Vanderbilt!
Steve and Brad Lowell just received the Harvard/MIT Joint Research Grants Program in Basic Neuroscience for their collaboration, "Molecular and genetic analysis of the vagus nerve".
Congratulations to David, Miguel, Maude, and our Scripps friends for their new paper on TAAR ligands and structure!
"Agonists for 13 TAARs provide insight into the molecular basis of odor selectivity"
Last year's SHURP summer student Miguel Roque was accepted to the Harvard School of Dental Medicine! Congratulations!
We are excited that Erika Williams has joined the lab as an MD-PhD student! Welcome!
Alex Kuznik visits us for 6 months from Aachen, Germany, so it is quite possible that he is a Charlemagne descendent. Alex is a joint master's student with our good friend Marc Spehr.
Congratulations to David Ferrero and all of our colleagues for their PNAS paper!
PNAS link to David's paper, "Detection and avoidance of a carnivore odor by prey"
Story in Nature news: "The smell of a meat-eater"
Harvard Focus magazine: "The smell of danger"
Harvard Systems Biology blog: "The fear chemical?"
HMS Podcast available on iTunes:
PNAS Podcast Interview: