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Lab Meeting Weekly Update

  • Dr. Efimov has been traveling the past couple weeks. He visited the University of Arkansas to review their graduate Biomedical Engineering programs and visited Taiwan for the Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society annual sessions.
  • Lilly provided a lab update on the doxorubicin project. She has been working with Sharon on the histology to determine any structural remodeling of the heart.
  • Congratulations to all who presented at the BMES Conference in Atlanta this past week:
    • Kadar Aras, “Electrophysiological Profile of Human Right Ventricular Outflow Tract”

Visit to Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta

April 16 and 17 I visited Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta at the University of Calgary, Canada. Snow storm prevented my visit last year, and another snow storm tried to stop me this year, all flights via Minneapolis were cancelled except one! It was an honor to present the Dr. E. R. Smith Lecture in Cardiovascular Research, which was the keynote lecture at the annual Libin Cardiovascular Institute's Tine Haworth Research Day 2018. My lecture was titled "New Technology for Human Heart Physiology".

Anastasia Carr received Clare Booth Luce Research Scholarship for 2018-2019!

Congratulations to Anastasia! She was one of only four inagural Clare Booth Luce Research Scholarships, which will fund her undergraduate research project in 2018-2019! She submitted a proposal to study "The transient outward potassium channel (Ito): contribution and modulation of human cardiac repolarization". She will work with Dr. Rokhaya Faye on this project, where they will use siRNA and CAGE technlogy to investigate transcriptional regulation of cardiac repolarization in human heart. 

Lab Meeting Weekly Update

·       Dr. Efimov has been traveling within the past two weeks, and he discussed with the lab his trips! First, he went to Japan to attend a conference, and then he traveled to Russia also to attend a conference.

·       Dr. Aras updated the lab on the John Rogers lab and Waldo lab collaborations.

·       Brianna, Sofian, and Dr. George will be attending the 7th NHLBI Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine Symposium this week, and Brianna and Sofian will be presenting their research.

Papers and projects to look out for in the future:

Lab Meeting Weekly Update

  • Last week, Dr. Efimov attended the American Heart Association Scientific Session in Portland, Oregon and informed the lab on the several talks he attended.
  • We have a new student in our lab! Valerie from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology is joining us, and we look forward to her time at the lab.

Papers and projects to look out for in the future:

Lab Meeting Weekly Update

  • Last week, Dr. Efimov and some lab team members had a meeting with Dr. Kabanov and his team member from UNC to discuss future collaborations!
  • Dr. Kedar Aras updated the lab on his Human LV Wedge project where he is trying to characterize arrhythmia in the wedge
  • Jaclyn Brennan updated the lab on the progress of the upcoming JOVE paper that several of our lab members are working on

Papers and projects to look out for in the future:

Lab Meeting Weekly Update

  • Dr. Efimov attended last week the Gordon Research Conference on Nanotechnology and shared information he learned with the rest of the lab team!
  • Dr. Efimov shared information on the website called Bitesize Bio which is a website containing numerous webinars - check Dr. Efimov on a Optocardiography: Optical Imaging of Cardiac Physiology webinar on July 20th!
  • Jaclyn Brennan updated the lab team on her Beta Stimulation on LV Slices project
  • We also welcome Christian Miccile as our new lab manager!

Papers and projects to look out for in the future:

Lab Meeting Weekly Update

  • Dr. Efimov just returned from Boston where he attended the Broadview Ventures conference.
  • Aaron Koppel, our lab manager, is leaving our lab to go work at a new position at GW, so he will not be too far from us! Christian Miccile, our soon new lab manager, and Kedar Aras will be stepping up to fill in Aaron’s position.
  • Rosa Araiza presented an article that recently came out titled “Unexpected mutations after CRISPR/CAS9 editing in vivo”.

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