Bobby Kong was selected for a Dean's Undergraduate Research Award to support his work in the McHugh Lab during Summer 2021. This is an excellent award created by the Department of Physical Sciences and supported by private donations to encourage undergraduate research at UCSD. Bobby is working with Tong to identify new functions and protein interactions of non-coding RNAs in cancer cells. Unfortunately the annual poster session has been cancelled due to SARS-CoV-2 spread but Bobby is still able to practice presenting his work in our weekly Zoom group meetings. Great job Bobby!
Simone Hall was selected for support on the NIH NIGMS Molecular Biophysics Training Grant for 2021. She will present her work on non-coding RNA structure and function in shared monthly research seminars and connect with other scientists in the training program through journal clubs and the annual retreat. Excellent job Simone!
Calvin Huang was announced as a winner of the Joseph E. Mayer Award for excellence in undergraduate research at the 15th Annual ACS-SA Research Symposium along with Amalia Villagran-Suarez from the Komives Lab! Kudos and very well-deserved!
Graduate student Adarsh Balaji was selected for a San Diego Fellowship to support his work on developing new methods to study endogenous long non-coding RNA and protein complexes. We appreciate the support of this grant and wish a big congratulations to Adarsh!
Welcome to our newest lab members, graduate students Nhu Trang from Biochemistry Track and Adarsh Balaji from Chemical Biology Track! Nhu is interested in studying the functions of newly discovered long non-coding RNAs in human cancers. Adarsh is interested in developing chemical biology tools to study the interactions between non-coding RNA and proteins. We are excited to have them both in the lab!
Alina Luk was awarded a Revelle Scholarship to support her work on identifying long non-coding RNA-protein interactions in cancer cells. Great work, Alina!
Emily Lara won the Physical Sciences Dean's Undergraduate Award for Excellence for her achievements at UCSD. This annual award recognizes seniors who have demonstrated excellence in both academics and research. Great job!
The McHugh Lab earned a Green Labs Certification - Silver Level. Thanks to everyone in the lab for being considerate of our impact on the environment and working to conserve energy and resources!
We welcome Moises Espinoza and Megan Bacabac to the lab as part of the Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) program. Megan is a student at San Diego State University and Moises is a student at Cuyamaca Community College. Their summer projects involve learning to clone and express non-coding RNAs in bacteria and human cells. Happy to have them in the lab!
Aileen Button was selected for the NIH Molecular Biophysics Training Grant T32 GM008326. This grant will allow Aileen to continue her work on studying the detailed molecular interactions of Xist long non-coding RNA and epigenetic silencing factors. She will also have the opportunity to present her research and connect with other trainees through regular meetings, educational workshops on research integrity, and a monthly journal club. We appreciate the support of this grant and wish a big congratulations to Aileen!