Honors for Laura Fischer and Shafqat Khan

Two of our lab members were recognized with awards at the Department of Developmental Biology’s Annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 13th, 2022. The honorees are:

  • Laura Fischer was recognized with the 2022-2023 Douglas Covey Graduate Fellowship. This fellowship is made possible by scientific discoveries by Professor Covey and his trainees in the area of neurosteroid medicinal chemistry that led to development of clinically valuable anti-convulsants, anti-depressants, and surgical sedatives.  

  • Shafqat Khan received a Postdoctoral Fellow Seed of Independence Research Grant. The intent for these grants is to provide support for postdoctoral fellows who are developing an innovative project that could provide a platform for their independent research career. 

Congratulations to Laura and Shafqat and looking forward to exciting discoveries!

Visit to University of Colorado Boulder

Thor visited the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at CU Boulder on Thursday, November 17. He gave a seminar on human pluripotent stem cell states and the genetic regulation of human trophoblast stem cells. He also met with faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and the BioFrontiers Institute. Thanks again Justin Brumbaugh for your kind invitation to visit this beautiful campus!

Thor to serve on Stem Cell Reports Early Career Editorial Board

Thor is one of 10 early career scientists selected to serve on the first Stem Cell Reports Early Career Editorial Board (ECEB). Stem Cell Reports is the peer-reviewed, open access, online journal of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).

Throughout the next two years, the members of the ECEB will work alongside the journal’s associate editors to receive mentorship, attend the annual editorial board meeting, advise on journal content and programming, and broaden outreach as ambassadors to the Stem Cell Reports. The society selected the ECEB members through a competitive application process based on merit and diversity.

More information about the ECEB and its members can be found on the ISSCR website.

Visit to Baylor College of Medicine

Thor visited Baylor and presented our latest studies on human pluripotency and trophoblast development. A great opportunity to find out about the exciting science happening at BCM Houston and catch up with friends and collaborators!

Celebrating Diwali with Jason Mills, Indira Mysorekar, Margot Williams, Kyle Eagan, Bruno Di Stefano, and Will Hudson:

Visiting Rama Kommagani and his lab:

Catching up with Margot Williams (former postdoc in the LSK Lab at WashU, now an Assistant Professor at Baylor):

Developmental Biology Retreat

The Theunissen Lab attended the 4th Annual Joint Retreat of the Developmental, Regenerative, and Stem Cell Biology (DRSCB) Program, the Department of Developmental Biology, and the Center of Regenerative Medicine at Pere Marquette Lodge (September 6-7, 2022). Our postdocs Shafqat Khan and Rowan Karvas gave poster presentations. Exciting to share our latest work with our colleagues!