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Our paper on the origin of plastids is out! Spearheaded by Kelsey Moore in the Bosak and Founier labs at MIT, this project has been a long time in the making. You can check out the article here or through the reprints page.


Congratulations to Paóla, who has been invited to participate in the Children’s Defense Fund-sponsored Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry! She will be sharing her story of being an undocumented Black African woman pursuing the American dream in the sessions “I’m Your Child: Ending Cruelty to Immigrant Children and Families” and “Lanterns: Building an Intergenerational Movement”.


We’re thrilled to welcome visiting scientists Todd Oakley and Natasha Picciani to the lab. Todd and Natasha are traveling from UC Santa Barbara to collaborate on some exciting projects involving single-cell RNA sequencing. Keep a lookout for the results!


Huge congratulations to Noemie for receiving the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!! This prestigious award covers three years of graduate research. Well-deserved!


Our recent paper on cnidocyte development was selected by Evolution & Development as an Editor’s Choice article “for its exemplary scientific quality.” The paper will be freely available on the journal’s website for the next 3 months.


Congratulations to Noemie for receiving a UC Davis Natural Reserves Student Research Grant!


Our Microbiome Special Research Program Proposal has been funded. This project, in collaboration with Roxanne Banker and Dr. Jay Stachowicz, will fund research on the genetics of oyster biomineralization under changing ocean conditions. Read the press release here.


Check out the article about our moon jellyfish genome and its implications for animal complexity at Quanta Magazine.


Our paper on jellyfish stinging cells has been published in Evolution & Development. Thank you to all of the hard-working undergraduates who made this project possible!

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