Archive for category Neurobiology

Date: May 5th, 2016
Cate: Canada, Education, Lab life, Neurobiology

Congrats to my students!

Kudos to my two trainees Chiu-An Lo and Ibrahim Kays, who were awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Brain Star award for 2016!

A well-deserved $1500 for them, they worked super hard on this project over the years. Their science game is strong.

With Vedrana Cvetkovska winning in 2013, I now have a 100% hit rate for my grad students winning this CIHR award!

Date: February 14th, 2014
Cate: Biology, Education, Neurobiology, Science Outreach, video


Below is a video made by describing one of our papers:

Here is a clip of me describing some of the work that we do in the lab:

Brian Chen interview video link

Date: October 30th, 2013
Cate: Biology, General science, Lab life, Neurobiology

Thanks GeneDig

I was curious about trinucleotide repeat disorders like Huntington’s disease and where the trinucleotide repeats occurred in the Huntingtin RNA, near beginning, middle, or end of the RNA?  I first tried looking up the huntingtin gene (HTT) in NCBI and then realized this was going to take a while—and wouldn’t be reasonable for the rest of the trinucleotide repeat disorders I was also curious about.  Then I realized that even the normal HTT gene should have a few trinucleotide repeats, so I looked up HTT using GeneDig and found the CAGCAGCAG repeats immediately.

I then repeated this for the other trinucleotide repeat disorders and even found whether the repeats were in the Untranslated Region of the RNA or not.  Sweet.  GeneDig.