At long last, we celebrated the ‘opening’ of the Sternberg Lab at Columbia University. We’ve come a long way since February – from one member to six, from an empty lab to one filled to the brim (and more) – but we still have so much more to do. Still a good time to take a breather and invite friends and colleagues to party.
Sanne and Sam attended the annual CRISPR meeting (dating back to 2008), held this year in Vilnius, Lithuania. What a conference! Great science, great socializing, great locale. Our research from our time at Caribou Biosciences was expertly presented by Paul Donohoue, and we had a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. (Can you find us in the picture?)
The lab grows to four, then five! Tyler joined the lab as the first PhD student, and Marcus joined as the first undergrad. We celebrated during a lab outing to see the Yankees stomp the Nationals, joined by the Landweber lab, with whom we’ve been having joint group meetings.
‘May the 4th be with you’ was a busy one… in addition to some lab experimental firsts and surplus equipment scavenging from the Maniatas lab, plus a visit from friend and colleague Mitch O’Connell, we had a lab outing to go see Rampage in the theater!
The lab grows to three! Leo Vo, a first-year PhD student in the Pharmacology & Molecular Signaling program, joins the lab for a rotation. He’ll be instrumental in getting the lab’s mammalian cell culture experiments off the ground.
First publication! This one’s just a review, but we were happy to contribute to the nascent CRISPR Journal and summarize the state of the field,
The lab grows to two! Sanne Klompe joins the lab as a research technician after having recently completed her Master’s Thesis in the Netherlands at the University of Wageningen.
Sam attends the Keystone Meeting on Mobile Genetic Elements and Genome Plasticity in Santa Fe, NM. Highlights included a hike alongside some local pueblos, catching up with old friends while making new ones (e.g. Mitch O’Connell, University of Rochester, and Orsolya Barabas, EMBL, pictured), and of course some fantastic science.
The Sternberg Lab opens! We’ll be in temporary space on the 9th floor of Hammer for about a year, sharing a large laboratory with the Ivanov, Liu, and Arpaia labs, before moving into our permanent space on the 7th floor, where we’ll be neighbors with the labs of Laura Landweber and Laura Johnston.