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Guide on how to maintain Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans published in Diseases of Aquatic Organisms

“Isolation and maintenance of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans cultures” is now published in Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. Here’s the abstract: Discovered in 2013, the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) is an emerging amphibian pathogen that causes ulcerative skin lesions and multifocal erosion. A closely related pathogen, B. dendrobatidis (Bd), has devastated amphibian...

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Essay on the evolution of animal cell motility published in Current Biology

“The evolution of animal cell motility” is now published in Current Biology. Here’s the abstract: Eukaryotic cells use a number of diverse mechanisms to swim through liquid or crawl across solid surfaces. The two most prevalent forms of eukaryotic cell motility are flagellar-dependent swimming...

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Genetic transformation of chytrid fungus published in eLife

“Genetic transformation of Spizellomyces punctatus, a resource for studying chytrid biology and evolutionary cell biology” is now published in eLife. Here’s the abstract: Chytrids are early-diverging fungi that share features with animals that have been lost in most other fungi. They hold promise as a...

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Communicate cell variability with SuperPlots

“SuperPlots: Communicating reproducibility and variability in cell biology” is now published in the Journal of Cell Biology. Here’s the abstract: P values and error bars help readers infer whether a reported difference would likely recur, with the sample size n used for statistical tests representing biological...

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Graduate student awarded Honorable Mention in NSF GRFP

Our graduate student, Kristyn Robinson, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program competition!

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Grants and Fellowships and Presentations – Oh My!

Late-Winter Update The Fritz-Laylin lab has been busy during the 2019-2020 winter season. Grants Work on Naegleria pathogenesis and motility is now being supported by the Smith Family Foundation. Read the university’s press release on this work here. Fellowships Katrina Velle was awarded an...

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2019 ASCB-EMBO Conference with Team Chytrid

The Fritz-Laylin lab attended the 2019 ASCB-EMBO Conference in Washington DC from December 7-11. Lil gave a talk about the Naegleria spindle as part of the Subgroup “Mechanics of Large Cellular Machines” and co-chaired the Minisymposium “Quantitative Approaches to Cell Biology.” Edgar presented a...

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A Cell in Motion: Work featured in Exploratorium Exhibit

Lil’s work studying neutrophil movement with 3D microscopy (eLife 2017) has been featured as an exhibit at the Exploratorium – a “public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception” located in San Francisco, California. The exhibit, titled “A Cell in...

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Review published in Current Opinion in Genetics & Development

Katrina and Lil published a review on the “Diversity and evolution of actin-dependent phenotypes” in Current Opinion in Genetics & Development.  Here’s the abstract:  The actin cytoskeleton governs a vast array of core eukaryotic phenotypes that include cell movement, endocytosis, vesicular trafficking, and cytokinesis....

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Pew Biomedical Scholars – 2019 Class

Lillian has been named a Pew Biomedical Scholar! Here’s more about what it means to be a Pew Scholar: The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health....

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