Samata Katta Awarded Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research and Service Award (F31)
Graduate student Samata Katta’s research is supported by a Ruth L. Kirschenstein National Research Service Award. The focus of Katta’s work is on the biophysics of mechanosensitive channel activation in native cells. In the course of her work, Katta has deployed a photodiode-based sensing system for measuring the delivery of mechanical stimuli in real time, developed code for analyzing whole-cell patch clamp recording, and become an expert in science communication.
Sylvia Fechner Awarded Fellowship from German Research Foundation (DFG)
Postdoctoral scholar Sylvia Fechner’s research is supported by an award from the DFG of her home country of Germany. She is studying how mechanosensitive ion channel properties vary as a function of their subunit composition. In the course of her research so far, Fechner has contributed to our understanding of the relationship between tissue mechanics and touch sensation and mastered gene editing techniques. Prior to joining @wormsenseLab, Fechner investigated the ion channels critical for the function of zebrafish sperm.
Michael Krieg Launches New Group
WormsenseLab alumnus Michael Krieg launches the Neurophotonics and Mechanical Systems Biology group as part of The Institute of Photonics Sciences near Barcelona, Spain. Professor Krieg is seeking creative scientists working at the interface of photonics, mechanobiology, and neurobiology. As a member of wormsenseLab, Krieg was supported by an HFSP fellowship and a K99 Pathways to Independence Award and pushed us all to know more about neural mechanics. Good luck and thank you, Michael.
Jan Kubanek Awarded Fellowship
Jan Kubanek is awarded a K99 Pathways to Independence award to investigate the mechanism by which ultrasound stimulation might be used to study neural signaling in primates, including humans.
Jana Lim Defends Thesis
Jana Limsuccessfully defended her thesis work in March. Jana isa Stanford Neuroscience Program student and co-advised by Miriam Goodman and Anne Brunet. Her next goal is to build on her experience as a scientist and participant in the BioDesign program.
Adam Nekimken Wins Award
Adam Nekimken was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA in 2017 and helped to lead the development of the ‘poking chip’ a new device for delivering mechanical force to C. elegans.
@wormsense Teaches BIOS225: Diversity and Inclusion in Science
During Winter quarter, @wormsense taught BIOS225, a mini course on Diversity and Inclusion in Science together with an awesome trio of teaching assistants: Edritz Javelosa (neuroscience, predoctoral trainee), Arielle Keller (neuroscience predoctoral trainee), ChangHui Park (neuroscience, postdoctoral trainee). Look for this course again in 2018 and be in touch with Professor Goodman if you’d like to apply to be a TA.
Coming in Spring Quarter, BIOS254: DataLucence::Images
Coming up in Spring quarter, @wormsense will teach a new mini course BIOS254: DataLucence::Images Developed together with a team of course design TAs (Sukrit Silas, Genetics; Leanna Owen, Biophysics; Noah Young, Neuroscience), the course provides instruction in python coding, data management/data curation, and workflows for analyzing digital image data. Want to go deep on microscopy and imaging? Take both CSB 222 and BIOS254.
2017 Solar Eclipse
The Goodman WormsenseLab observes a solar FRAP experiment (aka a partial solar eclipse) on Discovery Way. August 2017. (Left to right) Adam Nekimken, Holger Fehlauer, Sylvia Fechner, Miriam Goodman, Lucero Rogel, Alakananda Das, Jzesern Tan.
On the move, on campus. July 2017
Credit. S. Katta
View from the top of Hoover Tower
Front: Sammy Katta, Alka Sas, Sierra Lear
Rear: Isabel D’Alessandro, Linda Dansereau, Sylvia Fechner, Holger Fehlauer
Credit: D. Dansereau
Kayaking in Bodega Bay
Checking out the mechanically stimulated bioluminescent algae in Bodega Bay, one hour north of Stanford in August 2015.
Dinner at Point Reyes Station
Grabbing a bite to eat before kayaking in Bodega Bay. After kayaking, some spent the night at nearby Olema campgrounds and hiked the next day!
Summer Picnic at Half Moon Bay, CA
Picnic overlooking the beach at Montara, on a sunny, windy Saturday afternoon in 2013.