One of our star undergrad students, Cord Helken, presented his research at the CURO symposium on April 3. The symposium was great and featured some real undergraduate stars at UGA. Cord even got to present his poster to the Provost (who was impressed)!
Science is an international activity, which makes it incredibly rich and diverse. I’ve often thought that scientists–who are used to collaborating with people throughout the world–should be in politics more often. In science, if someone is smart and talented it doesn’t matter where they are from, what religion they practice, their ethnicity, their gender, or who they love. Over the years, the Edison lab has had a very diverse group of members, all of whom have contributed significantly to our efforts. Here is a list of some of countries (outside the USA) that we have had represented in the lab over the years:
China, India, Greece, France, Iran, Japan, Portugal, Turkey, Australia, Macedonia, Nepal, Nigeria, Venezuela, Egypt, Kuwait, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru, Pakistan, Syria
These people are wonderful and have made our research possible, and I’m lucky to have known and worked with them. We are a nation of immigrants, and this is our biggest strength as a country.
The CCRC is a wonderful research facility doing first-class glycobiology. And the people are great colleagues. But until today there has been no food service beyond vending machines. The UGA Taco truck saved the day! It was very popular and a fun social event. The cauliflower quesadilla was tasty! We hope this will be a weekly event, at least!
Gloria Tavera was an undergraduate student in my lab several years ago at UF. She has just been named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list of young people who are influencing healthcare. Nice job, Gloria!
Rahil Taujale (second year IOB student co-mentored with Prof. Kannan) became a training fellow in the Glycobiology Training Program in the CCRC!
This is very well-deserved, as Rahil is making great progress on constructing a phylogeny of glycosyl transferases.
We have added several people recently to the lab.
Max Colonna moved from a research scientist to a first year Biochemistry grad student. Max is co-mentored by Shaying Zhou (IOB and Biochemistry), so we also get to start an exciting new project with her lab!
Sicong Zhang joined the lab as a first year Biochemistry grad student. Sicong is very good with MATLAB, so she will be helping with several projects. Her main project will be to work on the new Phytoplankton project with Mary Ann Moran (UGA Marine Sciences).
Dr. Haris Panagos started as a postdoc near the end of 2016. Haris will be splitting his time between technical support in the NMR facility and working on the new phytoplankton project.