We have a lot to celebrate this month in the Monaghan Lab. First, I was awarded an infrastructure grant to establish a state-of-the-art facility for molecular plant biology and signal transduction. Second, a major paper was accepted from my postdoctoral work describing a new aspect of plant immune regulation. And third, Lauren was awarded an NSERC travel grant to do mass spec work at The Sainsbury Lab this spring. This is a great opportunity for her to expand on the work she's started for her MSc degree looking at post-translational modifications of immune proteins.
Overall, it's been a great first year for us at Queen's. I've been so fortunate to work with a talented group of people who have come together to get the lab up and running. We're off to a great start and I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store.
This week marks the end of the fall 2016 school term and we have to say some goodbyes. Danielle started in the lab as a summer NSERC USRA recipient and continued as a Research Mentorship student this term. During the last 7 months she has mastered site-directed mutagenesis, cloning by Gibson assembly, purification of recombinant proteins from E.coli, SDS-PAGE, and immunoblotting. Kathy helped us get organized as a volunteer in the spring, and then came back as a Research Mentorship student this term. During the last 3 months, she has mined thorugh gene expression datasets, analysed several multi-sequence alignments, and cloned genes from early land-plants. Kathy and Danielle have been assets to our budding research program and we will really miss having them as labmates. Best wishes to both of you!