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Murder Mystery Party

murder-mystery-partyNovember 6 – Zach organized a great murder mystery party, set in the Prohibition era.  The lab turned out to be full of gangsters, bootleggers, and other disreputable characters.  Hardly a surprise.

Murder Mystery Party!

Hey guys – the Murder Mystery Party will take place November 6 at the lab headquarters.  Thanks to Zach for organizing it!   Do your best to make him proud.

Yige Luo joins the lab

Yige Luo, a recent graduate of Peking University, joins our lab and the PBG Graduate Group in September 2015.  Yige has done some great work on the pheromones of a very unusual fly species.

Ammon Thompson joins the lab

More about Ammon’s work on the evolution of electrical organs in fish here: https://ammonthompson.wordpress.com/cv/

Ammon is joining our lab as a postdoc in September 2015.

Zach Farrow joins the lab

Zach Farrow, a BMCDB graduate student, joins the lab.  Zach’s previous background is in visual system development in mice.

Expedition to Twin Lakes

The Kopp lab is rapidly expanding! Not only has this fall seen the arrival of postdoc Ammon Thompson and grad student Yige Luo, but we also have two rotating graduate students from the genetics graduate group — Giovanni Hanna and Logan Blair. To celebrate these new arrivals and the start of fall, the lab escaped for a day hike to the Desolation Wilderness on Saturday. We hiked from Wright’s Lake up to Twin Lakes. (Well, almost all of us hiked but someone had a free backpack ride — see photo below!) The water was freezing, but almost everyone took a plunge!

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Summertime in Pt Reyes

In an attempt to escape the 90+ degree F heat of Davis, the lab ventured out to Pt Reyes last weekend. We also wanted to show our visiting student Junhao Chen the coastal ecosystem in this park north of San Francisco. A delightful time was had by all!

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day from the Kopp Lab!

Lab alumnus Daniel Friedman offers this V-Day pun for all you lovers of biochemistry:

Q: Why did the hydrophobic amino acid worship the Fork God?
A: Because it was Valine-tine’s Dei.

And lab manager Olga offered up this delicious cake for the ever-hungry members of the lab.

 

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Gavin receives an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

This well-deserved award will help Gavin examine the convergent evolution of regulatory sequences that control sexually dimorphic traits.  Congratulations!

6th annual lab mushroom trip is a success!

After a miserable previous season, with not a mushroom in sight, we were relieved to find plenty of mushrooms this time around.  Well, maybe not “plenty”, but enough for a very nice dinner.  Moby has found a perfect matsutake (Tricholoma magnivelare), and Emily found the rare cauliflower mushroom (Sparassis crispa). Beginners luck, I say.  We also got a good haul of black trumpets, winter chanterelles, and angel wings, with a few hedgehog mushrooms and candy caps sprinkled in.  No leftovers this time!Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 21.01.08Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 21.01.26Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 21.01.41

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