What we saw from Riverside on 10-23-2014. Taken with a Canon 60D with a 75-300mm Canon lens,
Tamron 2xTeleconverter, Baader Astrosolar Filter.
October 8, 2014 - Total Lunar Eclipse montages
A series of images taken by MM of the Total Lunar Eclipse of October 8, 2014.
Taken with a Canon EOS 60D at prime focus on a Meade ETX-90EC Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope.
A montage showing the extent of Earth's shadow.
September 26, 2014 - Celebrating Hailey's Qualifying Exam success!
Hailey with some of the colleagues that stopped by to celebrate completion of her qualifying exam.
August 15-22, 2014 - Undergraduate Presentations
Top: Raman presented a poster at the MSRIP symposium.
Middle and bottom: Christian and Franco gave talks at the MARCU* symposium.
August 10, 2014 - Supermoon
The perigee full moon, August 10, 2014 by MM.
Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 70-300mm lens with Tamron 2xteleconverter, f/13, 1/250 sec.
July 20, 2014 - "The Devo Show" at the SDB meeting in Seattle
Curtis Loer and Morris Maduro host the 'Development Show'
(Click on image or here for YouTube video)
More information appears here: The 2014 Development Show 600 hits as of 8-22-2014!
We're also mentioned in the meeting report.
July 20, 2014 - "Smells Like Development"
Morris' parody of the classic Nirvana song, made for the 2014 SDB meeting in Seattle, WA
(Click on image or here for YouTube video)
June 20, 2014 - Christian's birthday!
Christian, Raman and Jonathan celebrated birthdays in the same week!
June 17-20, 2014 - AAAS Pacific Division Meeting at UCR
Gary Wessel (Brown University) speaks at the
AAAS Pacific Division, Molecular Reproduction & Development Meeting,
held at UC Riverside.
June 16, 2014 - Dinner out to celebrate Saige and Farhad graduating
Dinner at The Salted Pig, celebrating Saige and Farhad getting their BSc degrees!
(Left to Right: Hailey, Christian, Cassie, Saige, Franco, Farhad, MM and Gina)
June 5, 2014 - Joel Rothman (MM's Postdoc mentor) recipient of endowed chair at UCSB
Morris visited UC Santa Barbara, the campus of his Postdoc, to attend the investiture of
his mentor Joel Rothman as recipient of the Wilcox Family Chair in Biotechnology
Winter, 2014 - Undergraduates work with C. elegans in Bio 20 class
Working with C. elegans in a version of the Dynamic Genome course (taught in part by MM).
MM's first International Worm Meeting - Madison, 1993
From the archives: International C. elegans Meeting, 1993, Madison, WI
May, 2014 - Christian gets into MARCU* program!
Congratulations to Christian Turner in our group.
April, 2014 - Total Lunar Eclipse of 14-15 April 2014
Total phase of lunar eclipse in wide field view, Canon 350D, f/5.6, 2sec, 200mm lens
(star Spica off to the bottom right)
March, 2014 - MM and Farhad featured in UCR video
Click on still shot above to see video of MM with Farhad (from Vimeo)
We are also celebrating the fact that Saige got accepted into graduate school at Yale!
December, 8, 2013 - UCR Chamber Singers concert
Part I of concert (mostly a capella pieces)
Part II of concert (Vivaldi's Gloria)
December, 2013 - Franco's birthday!
Celebrating Franco's birthday. Inset: "Cake" chart showing % of cake eaten or not eaten.
November, 2013 - Saige's birthday!
Celebrating Saige's birthday with members of the LaRoch and Kaloshian labs
November, 2013 - Our work is in Gilbert's Developmental Biology book!
Specification of MS via activation of TBX-35 is depicted in a figure from Gilbert's 10th edition of Developmental Biology (see here). This is from our work published in 2006.
November 4, 2013 - UC President Napolitano visits UCR
New UC President Janet Napolitano visits UCR on 11/4/2013 as part of a UC-wide tour.
Above, Pres. Napolitano answers a question from Dr. Manuela Martins-Green.
November 1, 2013 - Reception at Neil Campbell Science Learning Laboratory
MM with Jim Burnette and Dan Hantman at the Neil Campbell Science Learning Laboratory. Image by Carrie Rosema (UCR). See other images from the reception here.
October, 2013 - Has it really been 10 years?
We started at UC Riverside in summer of 2003, so yes it has been more than 10 years. Above: Commemorative box and pin from Chancellor Wilcox.
(The quarter is for scale and was not part of the recognition.)
September 25, 2013 - Congratulations to Hailey!
Hailey passed the written qualifying examination for the CMDB program!
September 18, 2013 - Disneyland trip!
We had a great time at Disneyland, as a last summer celebration before fall quarter starts.
September 6, 2013 - Our first CRISPR-Cas mutant!
Our first genome targeting event using CRISPR-Cas9, targeted to the gene dpy-5 using target RNAs of our own design. Gina did the injections, and our undergraduates
Cassie and Franco did the actual cloning! The dpy-5 mutant is on the left, and a
wild-type animal of the same stage is on the right.
(Picture taken using the Exolabs Focus camera.)
Hanging out at the Barbecue outside Royce Hall (UCLA), just before the Worm Show (6/29/2013).
Back row: Joel Rothman (MM's postdoc mentor), Yuanyuan, Stephanie, Franco, Gurjot.
Front row: MM, Hailey, Gina, Farhad, Allison
June, 2013 - Another Worm Show is taking shape!
Curtis Loer and I are (in our copious amounts of spare time, of course) working feverishly to prepare our 5th Worm Show for the International C. elegans Meeting at the end of the month. This year we also have a couple video submissions from other labs! It is not too late to send one in to us, but it would good to have these sooner rather than later.
April 27, 2013 - Morris' puzzler question used on Car Talk (again)
not really lab news, but it's cool, again. MM submitted a question
by email to the NPR program CarTalk in 2005, and it was re-used this week.
it (original mp3 from 5/2/2005 broadcast, but identical to 4/27/2013) Answer:Hear
it (original mp3 from 5/9/2005 broadcast)
April 24, 2013 - Visit from Olivier Cinquin, UCI
We had an exciting visit this week with Olivier Cinquin from UC Irvine, who came up to give a seminar! We forgot to document it with an image -- so we will report news item as (data not shown).
April 18, 2013 - Gina's Birthday!
Cupcakes for Gina's birthday!
April 12, 2013 - 25,000 hits to the lab website!
Since January of 2006 the lab website has received some 25,000 views. Google Analytics has been tracking the site since 2009, and it reports that the visits come from these countries:
A little bit of ethanol caught on fire from a bunsen burner. It was easily extinguished
with a dry chemical fire extinguisher, but then the dust (mostly monoammonium phosphate)
set off the fire alarm and the whole building had to be evacuated!
Taken an hour after sunset, Canon EOS 60D with 70-200mm f/4 lens.
March, 2013 - No, the acting President of Venezuela is not a relative.
Nicholas Maduro, now the acting President of Venezuela following the death of Hugo Chavez, is not a relative of Morris' that he knows of. But it was weird to read the headlines.
February 22, 2013 - Andy Fire visits UCR
2006 Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Fire visited UCR to give a seminar!
Top: With YuanYuan, Franco, MM, Stephanie, Saige and Gina.
Bottom: starting the talk; with Dr. Shou-Wei Ding;
Dr. Xuemei Chen introduces Dr. Fire to a packed Genomics Auditorium.
February 11, 2013 - Sean Carroll visits UCR
Sean Carroll (UW-Madison) gave the 9th John A. and Betty C. Moore
"Science as a way of Knowing" Lecture. Top: Meeting with graduate students.
Bottom: Speaking at the UCR Extension center, introduced by Dr. Richard Cardullo.
January, 2013 - NSF Grant Awarded
The lab has been awarded an NSF grant to study stochasticity in endoderm specification in C. elegans, IOS#1258054. Details We also welcome back Gurjot and Farhad, and welcome MARCU* trainee Francisco Carranza to the lab!
December, 2012 - Lab Lunch to Celebrate End of Year
Gina, Saige, Gurjot, MM, Stephanie, Hayley
December, 2012 - Congrats to Stephanie
Stephanie passed her oral qualifying exam last week (12/10/12). Congrats PhD candidate Stephanie!
November, 2012 - Farewell to Yuanyuan (for now), visit from Joel Rothman, and Saige's 20th
Lunch out at the Barn to bid Yuanyuan farewell (for now), 10-31-2012
Visiting with MM's postdoc mentor Joel Rothman, 11-7-2012.
Clockwise from top left: MM with Joel and Isgouhi Kaloshian; MM with Pradeep Joshi, visiting
from Joel's lab; Hagop and Ani; Hailey, Stephanie and Stephanie.
celebrating Saige's birthday with cupcakes, 11-13-2012
August, 2012 - Worm Variety Show planned for 2013
Curtis Loer and MM have been asked to plan another show for the 2013 C. elegans meeting at UCLA. This year we are making a real push for involvement from the worm community. Details here. See the past four shows here.
July 3, 2012 - Stephanie's birthday!
MM, YuanYuan, Gina, Stephanie, Jens, Saige, Gurjot
June 17, 2012 - Commencement 2012
Shruthi is awarded her MS at the 2012 UCR Commencement. Congratulations Shruthi! More pictures from commencement here.
Left: Chancellor Timothy White with Shruthi; Right: MM with Shruthi
June 11, 2012 - Jens arrives!
We welcome Dr. Jens Schulze to the lab for the summer.
June 7-10, 2012 - Development Worm Meeting at Madison, WI
A great time at the worm meeting in Madison! This is the last event to be held in the Memorial Union at UW-Madison. On 6/11/2012 a planned two-year renovation started. there were many great talks, including a keynote from Craig Mello.
Dr. Craig Mello (2006 Nobel Laureate) before his keynote talk
at the Development Worm Meeting in Madison, WI.
June 5, 2012 - Transit of Venus
Great view of the last transit of Venus until 2117, under a cloudless sky.
Top: Montage of transit. Small images: Same setup as for eclipse montage below.
Big image: Through a 90mm Meade ETX-90 telescope. Bottom: Observers at UC Riverside.
May 29, 2012 - visit with Sandra Encalanda
MM with Dr. Encalada from the Scripps Research Institute
after her seminar at UCR.
May 20, 2012 - Annular Solar Eclipse from the centerline!
MM and family chased the 20 May 2012 annular eclipse to its path of annularity, choosing the
small town of Newcastle, Utah, which was squarely on the centerline. Above is a montage created
from individual images taken with a Canon 60D, 100-400mm + 1.4x TC, Baader Astrosolar
Safety filter. (Thanks to colleague Mark Chappell for lending me the lens + TC!).
Is this really news? Maybe not. And no, Morris did not hit 'Refresh' 1500 times. There will be another show for 2013, as it turns out. But you should take the time to enjoy the 2011 show if you can. See the 2011 show on YouTube. See info on the show here.
Loosely translated, the page says "sometimes you find strange things on YouTube." It was also mentioned on the similar Laborjournal Blog here. You can watch Bohemian Rhabditid on YouTube here.
December, 2011 - Methods Chapters out
Gina's methods chapter on in situ hybridization, and Morris' (with Vida Praitis) on Transgenesis, are out in Methods Cell Biol. Also, can you spot a certain PI singing with UCR's Chamber Singers on 12/1/11?
September, 2011 - End of Summer
We welcome Holly Smith, who will be rotating with us as a graduate student in the GGB program this fall. Also, a former collaborating student, Randy Stout, just successfully defended his PhD at University of Alabama-Birmingham. Congratulations Randy!
August 23, 2011 - Farewell lunch for Heather
Congratulations to Heather, who is on her way to Johns Hopkins University for a one-year pre-graduate school training program! Congratulations also to Stephanie, who has been awarded an IGERT fellowship!
[Left to Right: Farhad, Morris, Holly, Zhihuan, Saige, Heather, Leila, Stephanie, Gina, Melissa]
June 25, 2011 - Worm Show at the C. elegans Meeting, UCLA
MM and Curtis Loer gave their fourth Worm Show at the IWM.
On 1 Aug 2011, the video reached 1000 views!
Martin Chalfie (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2008) invited the Worm Show guys (Morris and Curtis) to Columbia University to give a comedic capstone to their lecture series commemorating 100 Years of Drosophila.
June, 2010 - Melissa graduates, Leila gets an award
Melissa walked at the 56th Annual UCR Commencement Ceremony for the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences on Sunday, June 13th, and Morris got to place the ceremonial hood on her. Congratulations Melissa!
Melissa at graduation
Leila is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Janet Boyce Memorial Scholarship! Congratulations Leila!
Melissa has won an Outstanding Teaching Assistant award for the 2009-2010 year!
March, 2010 - Hanging out at UCOP
For 2009-2010 MM has been serving as UCR representative to the CCGA (Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs). This involves meeting once a month in Oakland, CA at the UC Office of the President (UCOP). At the March, 2010 meeting we got to talk with President Yudof about graduate education.
UC President Yudof at CCGA: [L. to R.] John Sutton (UCSB), Fred Wan (UCI), Michael Beattie (UCSF), Steven Nelson (UCLA), Morris Maduro (UCR), Rachael Goodhue (UCD), Jim Carmody (Vice Chair, UCSD), John Hildebrand (UCSD), President Mark Yudof, Farid Chebab (Chair, UCSF), Robert Martin (Student Rep., UCSD), Katherine Warnke-Carpenter (Student Rep., UCI), Chris Kello (UCM). [Not pictured: Ira Tager (UCB), Sue Carter (UCSC).]
March 16, 2010 - Melissa defends her PhD
Bob, Morris, Melissa, Heather and Gina
Today Melissa gave a fantastic seminar on her work, and defended her PhD in the Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology graduate program. She is the first student to get a PhD from our lab. Congratulations, Melissa, on a job well done!
March, 2010 - Collaborative grant awarded
A collaborative NIH grant has been awarded to Dr. Shou-Wei Ding's lab and our lab, to fund work on mechanisms of antiviral RNAi in C. elegans!
Also, congratulations to Leila for winning an Undergraduate Research Grant award for Spring, 2010!
January, 2010 - a trip east
Catching up with Dave Sherwood and Ryan Baugh, both at Duke University, NC
January, 2010 - Review of Cell Specification In Press
A review by MM on cell specification is in press as part of a Developmental Dynamics special issue on C. elegans as a model system. Papers
We also welcome undergrad Leila Magistrado and BMSC grad student Olivia Sakhon who will both be working with us this quarter.
On our way to lunch at The Barn (1/8/10)
Left to Right: Paul De Ley, Philipp Schiffer (visiting from Einhard Schierenberg's
lab, Koeln, Germany), Mark Blaxter (on his way to Pasadena, from Edinburgh, Scotland),
December, 2009 - Juan defends his PhD
Collaborating student Juan Fraire-Zamora has successfully defending his PhD! His work was on sperm activation in C. elegans. Juan will be returning in winter quarter to do some postdoc work with his PhD advisor, Dr. Richard Cardullo. Congratulations Juan!
October, 2009 - paper on POP-1 function in MS/E accepted
Our paper on restoration of MS fate in pop-1 mutant embryos in which end-1 and end-3 are also mutated is in press at Developmental Biology. Congratulations to Melissa, its first author! Papers
We also welcome Bo Zhao from the GGB program, who will be rotating with us this quarter.
September, 2009 - Pictures from the summer
Highlights from the summer, including a trip to Europe and our move to Genomics (and featuring the epic moving of our -80 freezer by crane) have been posted. Pictures
September, 2009 - Moving to the Genomics Building
We have finally relocated to the Genomics Building!
Artwork in front of Genomics
future (shared) lab space
View from Morris' office window: L-R: other Genomics wing,
Life Sciences/Psychology, Biological Sciences, and Batchelor Hall
As well, our PhD student Melissa won a poster prize at the meeting, congratulations Melissa!
June, 2009 - Collaborative paper on CEH-51 / TBX-35 accepted
A collaborative manuscript with the Sternberg lab (Caltech) has been accepted! This paper will report the overlapping function of the homeobox regulator CEH-51 and the T-box regulator TBX-35 in specifying the MS blastomere. The work, with our lab as corresponding authors, will appear in Development. Papers
As an aside, Morris & Curtis are now working feverishly to put a good Worm Show together.
We are also excited to have a MARCU* trainee with us this summer, Heather Roberson.
February, 2009 - Worm Show planned for International Meeting
The 17th International C. elegans Meeting will be held at UC Los Angeles from June 24-28, 2009. Another Worm Show is in the works!
January, 2009 - Collaborative study on MED-1 solution structure accepted
An ongoing collaboration with the Mackay lab at University of Sydney, Australia has yielded its first publication. Our previous work established that the recognition sequence of MED-1 (GTATACTY) has a different core consensus, and is longer than that of a typical GATA factor (HGATAR). This study shows that the additional bases interact with a novel alpha-helix in the MED-1 DNA-binding domain. The work, which has Joel Mackay as senior author, appears in Journal of Biological Chemistry. Papers
Plus, our website has logged more than 10,000 hits since January, 2006.
December, 2008 - Moving across the street
Our lab will be moving to the 2nd floor of the new Genomics building at UCR in Sept-Oct of 2009.
October, 2008 - A couple papers accepted
Our paper on the differences in regulatory logic in maternal endomesoderm specification in C. briggsae as compared to C. elegans is now in press at Developmental Biology. As well, a review on the endomesoderm network is in press at BBA-Gene Regulatory Mechanisms. Papers
We welcome Dr. Eyualem Abebe, an accomplished Nematologist from Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) in North Carolina, who will be working with us this spring.
April 25, 2008 - Wendy gets a T.A. award!
Wendy has won an award as "Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Biology"!
April, 2008 - M.M. gets tenure
Effective July 1, 2008, Morris is tenured here at UC Riverside (Associate Professor, Step III).
April, 2008 - Interview in Cell Biology Education
M.M. was interviewed for a short article on teaching, in the journal CBE: Life Sciences Education. Mays Hoopes (2008)
This spring the lab welcomes undergraduates Briana and Montreh.
January, 2008 - A whole year zipped by
Check out a 50+ picture gallery of 2007, plus some other Bio Department events, now with images that are a stunning 720 pixels wide! Pictures
November, 2007 - Gina's Chili Wins First Prize!
Gina's chili won first prize at the UCR Academic Senate Chili Cook-Off. Pictures
2007- First graduate degree from the lab
Congratulations to George Hsu, who successfully defended his MSc on studies of embryonic gene expression in Pristionchus pacificus!
welcome Antoinette, who is joining us for the summer as a MARCU* student.
Congratulations to Katy, whose poster won an honorable mention
at the International Worm Meeting last month, and to Wendy, who
shared a prize for best talk at the CMDB symposium. And a job well
done to Melissa for her talk at the International C. elegans Meeting!
30, 2007 - Worm Show 2007
Maduro and Curtis Loer
Curtis and Morris had
a blast performing this year's 'Worm Show'.
If you would like a free
DVD with the 2005 and 2007 shows on it, send
Morris an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2007 - International C. elegans Meeting in UCLA
elegans Meeting will occur at the end of June at University
of California, Los Angeles. We have several posters and a
talk to present, and yes, there
*will* be a Worm Show! Morris and colleague Curtis
of San Diego) will be presenting a fun-packed half hour of all-new material, which will include musical numbers, worm
humor, and video parody. Meeting
2007 - NSF CAREER Award Funded!
Morris is the
recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, IOS#0643325. Details
Update: We have also received a small R03
Award from the NIH.
2007 - Video Interview on Active Learning
two colleagues from UCR, Drs. Jan Stets and Richard Cardullo,
at the end of 2006 about active learning approaches in undergraduate
teaching. See the videos here.
2007 - Welcome to new students
welcome Melissa Owraghi (CMDB) and rotating student James Gosses
plus undergraduates Serena (who was also with us in fall quarter)
2006 - A couple of papers, and a new student
George Hsu, an MSc student in the CMDB program, who has just
joined our lab. We also have two papers accepted. One is a review
of the C. elegans endomesoderm gene regulatory network
that will appear in BioEssays, and the other is a paper
describing maternal expression of the meds
and additional surprises in the endoderm specification pathway
that will appear in Developmental Biology. Papers
2006 - A great start to summer
to Samer, who
passed his qualifying and oral exams in early July, and also
to Wendy, who received 2nd prize for her presentation at the
CMDB symposium in June.
We also welcome Serena and Daniel who are joining us for
the summer. And our paper on MS specification is out!
2, 2006 -
Paper on MS specification accepted
A paper on
the specification of the MS blastomere by a T-box factor has
been accepted to the journal Development. Congratulations
to its first author, Gina, as well as Katy and Wendy!
3, 2005 - Acceptance of two papers
A paper on
our work on the med genes in the related nematode C.
remanei is in press at Developmental Biology.
This paper has as first author Mr. Cristian Coroian, who worked
with us as an undergraduate.
A paper describing
the use of a consumer-grade digital camera to archive exams
is in press in the Journal of College Science Teaching.
This approach offers a rapid, low-cost method to safeguard
the integrity of the exam evaluation process in any course.
17, 2005 - RNA virus paper appears in Nature
work with the Ding lab is now published in Nature.
Lu, R., Maduro, M., Li, F., Li, H.W., Broitman-Maduro, G., Li, W.X., and
Ding, S.W. (2005). Animal virus replication and RNAi-mediated antiviral
silencing in Caenorhabditis elegans. Nature 436,
1040-1043. Abstract / Paper
See the UCR
press release here.
See the article from the August 18, 2005 edition of The Press-Enterprisehere.
2005 - Wendy and Katy pass their candidacy requirement
Our PhD students
Wendy and Katy have both passed their oral exam requirements
for the CMDB graduate
program. Congratulations to them both!
28, 2005 - Worm Comedy Show at 2005 International C. elegans Meeting
Maduro and Curtis Loer
clips and information about the Worm Comedy Show, presented
by Curtis Loer and Morris Maduro, can be found here.
write-up about the show and meeting appeared in the Sept
2005 issue of GENEtics, the bulletin of the Genetics
Society of America.
2005 - Gina's paper comes out in Developmental Cell
reporting the binding site of MED-1, and target genes in the C.
elegans genome identified by bioinformatics, appears in
the March issue of Developmental Cell. Papers
2004 - The lab is now funded
We have received
our first grant from NSF, #0416922. Details
12, 2004 - Two graduate students join the lab!
We are very
excited that two CMDB graduate students, Katy Lin and Wendy Hung,
have joined the lab. For Winter quarter, undergraduates
Khanh Pham, Cristian Coroian, and Andrew Rogér are working
with us. Cathy Castillo, from Dr.
Richard Cardullo's lab, is also
doing experiments in our lab.
We have a great
group and are looking forward to making discoveries!
2003 - Ready
Art Rosenblatt and Patrick Keenan from the Scientific Instrument
Company in Culver City, CA, we have our two main microscopes.
The first is an Olympus inverted scope equipped with a sliding
stage and micromanipulator on which we perform microinjections.
is an Olympus upright for light and fluorescence microscopy
that is also equipped with a digital camera for imaging.
We also have
several students this quarter, including two rotating graduate
students (Katy and Wendy) and two undergraduate project students
(Victoria and Khanh). Lab
29, 2003 - After
just two weeks, the lab is taking shape!
first arrived, the lab rooms and office were all clean and
ready to move in (a big thanks to Dan Rios and the Biology
staff for getting this done!). We were fortunate to have inherited
some great equipment, which has made setting up much easier.
We are still waiting on some bigger items and furniture, but
things are looking great. See pictures here: Moving