Alba Dominguez, a PSM-ABS graduate student in the lab, was selected to receive the Margaret Bilson Scholarship for the Spring 2020 semester. Ms. Bilson was a UA alumna who had a passion for microbiology. This award was established in memoriam and supports clinical microbiology students matriculating through the College of Medicine. Congratulations, Alba!
We were thrilled to have Dr. Laura Knoll stop by the lab and discuss the work her lab is doing as well as get another perspective on our research. Dr. Knoll presented her research, which includes modeling the T. gondii sexual life cycle in vitro and in vivo (which is no small feat), during the Department of Immunobiology's seminar series. Unfortunately, we forgot to grab a lab picture with Dr. Knoll. We enjoyed the visit nonetheless!
Just after SCEP, the lab members who were in town celebrated Halloween by dressing up as characters from Inside Out.
We had a great showing at the Southern California Eukaryotic Pathogen Symposium (SCEP). Josh gave a well-received talk on ROP16 and Toxoplasma encystment. Kathryn gave a great poster suggesting Toxoplasma may not cause a life-long brain infection (just a very slowly cleared one…) Oscar’s poster on the electrophysiology of Toxoplasma-injected neurons was awarded 2nd place.
Shraddha’s paper was published in PLoS Pathogens - this was a serious team effort! Way to go, team!
Emily Merritt, an IMB PhD-candidate in the lab, was appointed to the Training Program in Infection and Inflammation as Drivers of Aging (IIDA) T32. Well done, Emily!
Jin, a former undergraduate in the Koshy lab, was accepted into and will attend Cornell Medical School (Fall 2019). Jin came by to break donuts with us before he left. Congratulations, Jin! Thanks for stopping by to say hello.
The Koshy Lab had a very productive summer with a myriad of summer students. There were some new faces (Tessa Spangler - UBRP, Noah Rios - KEYS) and some returning (AJ Aguilar - UBRP WASEO, Emiliano Flores - SIMI, Ayesha Swannignan). We were so glad to have you all and are thrilled that some of you are returning in the fall.
Information on programs that our summer students participated in:
Oscar was awarded an NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN F99/K00) award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)! Josh was awarded an NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases! Congratulations, guys!
Well, it has been an excellent day for the Koshy Lab! Hannah Johnson, an MD-PhD candidate in the lab, passed her Neuroscience oral exam on the first try (yea Hannah!) and was appointed to the Arizona Translational Research in Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias Training Program (AZ-TRADD) T32! Great work, Hannah.
Anita and Josh attended the 15th annual Toxoplasma Congress in Colombia. Josh was selected to give a talk, titled, "Neurons clear Toxoplasma gondii through interferon-γ mediated mechanisms."